Important Update Regarding Qualifications for UPK Teachers in Contracted Agencies (CBOs)
Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2012 amended section 3602-e of Education Law, which establishes the Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) program, to provide increased flexibility pertaining to the qualifications of CBO teachers. UPK teachers employed by a CBO that is licensed or registered by a State agency may meet the qualifications of that authority. Teachers employed by a CBO that is not required to be licensed or registered may meet the qualifications established by their employers. In both instances, the teacher must have an education plan that will lead to obtaining NYS teacher certification for Birth – Grade 2 within five years after commencing employment or by June 30, 2017, whichever is later. This provision expires and will no longer be available after June 30, 2017.