As alternative certification teachers, Fellows receive a temporary entry-level certificate, known as a Transitional B certificate, while completing their master’s degrees. This certificate is valid in New York State for up to three years and enables alternative certification teachers to teach full-time, earning a salary and benefits, while they complete an approved master's degree in education and all other requirements for their initial certificate. The Transitional B is valid only while a Fellow remains in good standing with the program, the DOE, and with their university.
In order to be eligible for a Transitional B Certificate, all Fellows must pass a fingerprint-based background check with the Department of Education, and two New York State certification exams: the Content Specialty Test(s), or CST, which pertains to their assigned subject area, and the Educating All Students, or EAS. Fellows are also responsible for several New York State workshops, and securing a recommendation from their universities.
Upon completion of their master’s degree and additional state requirements, Fellows are eligible to apply for an Initial Certificate in order to continue their careers as teachers.