The Emergency COVID Certificate is a temporary certification that was created by the NYS Education Department due to the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Candidates seeking certificates and extensions that require exam(s) are eligible to apply for the Emergency COVID Certificate – which will allow them to work in New York State public schools or districts for one year while taking and passing the required exam(s) for the certificate or extension sought. The Emergency COVID-19 certificate is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
Candidates who are eligible to apply for the Emergency COVID Certificate must also apply for the corresponding Transitional B or Initial Teaching Certificate and pay the fee for the certification. There is no fee to apply for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate.
The deadline to apply for the Emergency COVID Certificate has been extended to September 1, 2022.
Update (September 14, 2021): The certification requirement deadlines for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate have been extended from September 1, 2021, to September 1, 2022. Individuals who applied for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate prior to September 14, 2021, will automatically have their certificate requirement deadlines extended to September 1, 2022.
For additional information regarding the Emergency COVID Certificate, please view this memo from the NYS Education Department.