Please see the most up-to-date information regarding Relay New York's COVID-19 response for current students below. If you have questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency COVID 19 Certificates
Due to COVID-19, many candidates may not be able to complete the certification requirements. The Emergency COVID-19 certificate is available for candidates seeking a Transitional B certificate, Initial certificate, or a Professional certificate. Candidates must apply on the TEACH website for the Trans B, Initial, or Professional certificate they are in pursuit of and the emergency COVID-19 Certificate extension sought on or before September 1, 2021. There is no fee for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate and the certificate is valid for up to one year.
Emergency COVID-19 Certificate Eligibility Requirement: Candidates must have completed all requirements (e.g., workshops) for the certificate sought, other than the exam requirement(s) (e.g., CST, edTPA), on or before September 1, 2021. Candidates must have a valid non-emergency application on file for the COVID-19 Emergency Certificate for which they are applying.
For example, if you are seeking an Initial Adolescent 7-12 Mathematics certificate, you must have already completed the DASA, Child Abuse, and School Violence workshops, as well as completed your fingerprinting and paid for your non-emergency certificate on TEACH, to be eligible for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate.
Testing Center Updates
Some testing centers have reopened in some areas in NYS. You can elect to take required certification exams (including the ATS-W) now by reviewing testing center guidance and registering here. That said, Relay and the NY State Department of Education are aware that many New York City-based Pearson VUE owned test centers remain closed. We recognize that some candidates may not feel comfortable or safe testing at a test center, or that there may be limited availability at test centers near you. If you are currently unable to test we recommend that you take advantage of the Emergency COVID-19 certificate by the September 1, 2021 deadline. If you have already registered, need to reschedule, or cancel your exam, see this Support Center article.
Teacher candidates who will complete their Relay program in Spring or Summer 2021 are eligible to take the ATS-W exam rather than complete the EdTPA portfolio.
edTPA Refund Update
Pearson/NYSED has announced that students who have registered for the edTPA and are eligible to take the ATS-W as a result of COVID-19, but have not yet submitted their edTPA portfolio for official scoring, will be eligible for a full refund. See below for details if you plan to withdraw your registration, and/or if you registered with an edTPA voucher.
If you registered for the edTPA with a credit card:
- You must withdraw your edTPA registration no later than September 14, 2020.
- Once withdrawn, you will receive a $200 refund within four weeks of the withdrawal date (this is per Pearson's standard Withdrawal/Refund policy, found here).
- You will receive the remaining $100 within 4-6 weeks of Relay confirming that you are eligible for the ATS-W. Relay will share candidates who are eligible for a full refund with Pearson on a monthly basis.
- Refund amounts at the time of withdrawal vary if you registered for a partial retake; however, you will still be eligible for a full refund if you are eligible for the ATS-W.
Pearson/NYSED has also announced that students who received an edTPA voucher may apply their voucher to either the edTPA OR ATS-W.
If you registered through a NYSED-provided voucher and would like to withdraw your edTPA registration:
- You must withdraw your registration no later than September 14, 2020
- Relay will receive your replacement voucher, and may return it to you so that you may apply it to the ATS-W.
- NOTE: Vouchers cannot be retroactively applied to existing registrations. Therefore, if you have already registered for the ATS-W, you cannot use a voucher retroactively for your registration.
We will continue to update this section if we receive additional information from Pearson and/or NYSED. Please reach out to your faculty advisor or email@example.com with questions related to the edTPA refund.
Current Instruction and Assessment
Relay New York has pivoted to online instruction in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and to ensure student learning is not interrupted. All coursework and Relay events are currently online until further notice.
Pass/Fail Grade Option:
Relay NY will offer the option for all enrolled students to take any coursework Pass/Fail for the Fall 2020 term. We are providing this option to those who would benefit from alleviating the stress associated with earning a specific course grade, as there might be other pressing priorities such as acclimating to online teaching, caring for one’s self or family members, and many other responsibilities that have developed as a result of COVID-19. The Registrar’s Office will send guidance to all enrolled students to describe how to request a Pass/Fail grade instead of a letter grade for all who prefer that option.
It is important to note that our minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA requirement for graduation will remain unchanged. This means that taking coursework Pass/Fail for some students may not be the right option if you hope to graduate on time. Any student with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.7, should consult directly with their adviser before opting into taking a course(s) Pass/Fail. By opting into a course as Pass/Fail, your final Pass/Fail grade will not impact your term or cumulative GPA; however, a Fail in any course will require you to retake the course in order to complete your program of study and graduate. In the meantime, please ensure that you have connected with your advisor before filling out the form and if this option makes sense for you and for the courses you intend to request this option. All Pass/Fail requests must be submitted via this form by January 6, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.
Teachers enrolled in SGA-315: Masters Defense II in the spring of 2020 will collect three rounds of data across the year. Teachers are not required to reach a specific achievement floor (or ambitious goal) as a program requirement for graduation. This requirement is being waived as the teaching assignments of our students have changed dramatically over the past month. The changes due to COVID-19 are far out of the locus of control of our student body, who we know are working hard to meet the new demand of their roles and support their students in these new contexts. While the academic achievement of our PK-12 students will always remain our primary mission in each of our teacher preparation programs, we recognize that our roles as educators must be responsive to this crisis, which limits our ability to collect and analyze data as we had planned.
We have made the difficult decision to cancel the oral presentation component of the program capstone for CO2021 MAT students in all majors and programs and all CO2021 Advanced Certificate in Special Education students. The oral presentation is grounded in teachers’ presenting the student achievement data that they have collected, analyzed, and responded to over an entire year. Because of our current reality, teachers will not be able to collect a year’s worth of data and thus would not be eligible to present a meaningful defense. Furthermore, the written component of the capstone has been adapted to include deeper reflection and analysis of student and teacher growth and observations of student learning. Faculty will be sharing details of the revised prompts for the paper in the coming weeks if they haven’t done so already. We believe this adaptation to the program completion requirements will allow teachers to focus on the act of reflection and effectively prioritize given their current needs.
Since our program assessments are based on teachers’ clinical experience, we made significant changes to our assessment requirements. Our faculty teams are working to adjust assessment details to ensure they are flexible enough to meet the new and evolving realities of teachers in New York while ensuring they meet the competencies of our teacher preparation requirements. Your adviser will be the best point of contact with specific questions about course assessment requirements. Please reach out to your adviser with questions about your assessments.