NYSED Workshops for New Teachers: How to Get Your NYSED Certification

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Wrapping up your teacher training and thinking about getting a job in New York? Perhaps you already have a provisional offer from an excellent institution of learning that’s eager to have you join their ranks. Before you get to work molding the young minds of the future, you’ll need to obtain your New York State Education Department (NYSED) certification. Every teacher and anyone in any other educational role within the school system in New York needs to have this certification, and there are NYSED workshops that are required for this certification.

Find out more about what these NYSED workshops are and where to complete them as an educator to get your NYSED certification and start working in a school in the state of New York!

DASA: Dignity for All Students Act Workshop

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), established in 2012 and amended in 2013, seeks to protect all students from harassment, bullying, and discrimination, including cyberbullying. Social patterns of harassment, intimidation, discrimination, and marginalization can occur anywhere and need to be addressed in every instance, especially in schools where all students should feel safe, welcome, and included. Particularly in a diverse and multicultural state like New York where students of all walks of life may cross paths, this is an especially important workshop for teachers.

In the DASA workshop, among other things, educators will learn about supporting children with special needs, immigrant and refugee children, children in foster care, and those that identify as LGBTQ and creating inclusive school environments. They will also learn how to address bullying, harassment, and discrimination behaviors, and ultimately create safer spaces for students to learn.

Previously available as an exclusively in-person workshop, #1 Premiere Continuing Education now offers the DASA workshop as an online course that you can take in your own time. Running 6 hours, this course can be easily completed at your own pace, whether all at once or in shorter stints as you prefer, making it easy and convenient to fit completing the DASA workshop into your busy schedule.

Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (CAIR) Workshop

Child abuse and maltreatment is a hidden epidemic in the US, and the statistics are shocking. In 2020 alone, 3.9 million child maltreatment referral reports involving 7.1 million children, and 1,750 children died from abuse and neglect.

As the people who have one of the closest and most frequent interactions and relationships with students, teachers, administrators, and staff are well-poised to observe and identify child abuse when it occurs. New York State and the New York State Child Protective System have recognized that educators hold the important role of mandated reporter of child abuse or maltreatment, and as such, need to be trained to spot and report suspected cases of the same.

In the Child Abuse Identification and Reporting workshop, you will learn to identify physical and behavioral indicators of potential abuse or maltreatment and evaluate situations to determine if there is reasonable cause to suspect the same. You will also learn how to effectively report such instances to the New York State Central Register (SCR) of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, a.k.a the Child Abuse Hotline. By undergoing this training workshop as a new teacher, you will be equipped with the tools necessary to protect our students and ensure their safety and wellbeing.

The CAIR workshop by #1 Premiere Continuing Education features interactive elements, engaging self-assessment tools, with real-life scenarios for you to effectively prepare yourself to undertake this responsibility of mandated reporter. The accompanying video clips and take-home resources also ensure that you are fully equipped and ready to step into this role at your new job.

School Violence and Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Workshop

In 2000, the New York Governor signed Senate Bill 8236 entitled Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education). Formulated to enhance and promote safety in schools, Project SAVE aims to create a better learning environment within schools in New York State. Family members, school staff, and the community at large are recognized as important players in a child’s education and safety under this Act. One of the outcomes of this legislation is the NYSED certification requirement that new teachers need to complete the School Violence and Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Workshop.

#1 Premiere Continuing Education offers new teachers the SAVE Workshop via the interactive online portal that allows them to complete course material at their own time, pace, and convenience. This self-study-style workshop covers the basics such as trends and contributing factors of school violence and how to identify risk factors and warning signs in children. It also provides new educators with guidance on effective classroom management techniques and other techniques that promote a nonviolent school climate, intervention strategies to address violence in schools, and initiatives aimed at creating safer school environments for all students. At the end of this 2-hour virtual workshop, new educators are informed and empowered to enter the workforce confident in their abilities to create more effective learning spaces for their students.

Additional Workshops and Courses

Apart from these three basic workshops that all new teachers and educators must complete to receive their NYSED certification, there are additional workshops that you may need if you aim to get certified for certain specialties. For example, if you intend to work with students with autism, you must undergo training in the needs of students with autism. You can find the list of those providers here.

To get your NYSED certification, do check on the specific requirements you must meet for any given certificate using this online search feature.

#1 Premiere Continuing Education: Your Top Choice for NYSED Workshops

Whether you prefer learning on your mobile device, tablet, or desktop, #1 Premiere Continuing Education has you covered. Learn from interactive and engaging courses, and choose the time, place, and pace at which you complete your courses. After fulfilling all requirements for each course, you will even receive your certificate automatically.

Keep in mind that all new teachers completing workshops for their NYSED Certification need to record them in your TEACH account. At #1 Premiere Continuing Education, we make this process easier for you by reporting completion to TEACH for you.

What’s more – with every course you purchase with us, you’ll also be helping the next generation of students who are preparing for the workforce. A portion of each purchase goes towards the #1 Premiere Continuing Education Last Dollar Scholarship, aimed at supporting first-generation college students.

What are you waiting for? Get started on the path to your NYSED Certification today with the DASA workshop, SAVE workshop, and CAIR workshops!

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