NYU offers a variety of non-degree programs such as certificates, diplomas, and others. If any of these non-degree programs confer credit, NYSED registration is required.
Certificates are not considered degree-conferring programs. Consequently, all certificate programs and courses must be attached to an existing program that confers an Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.
To begin the process of adding or changing a Certificate program, please make sure you've completed the following steps:
Obtain and document all necessary school specific approvals
Meet with OAPRA for a brief consultation
This page will outline the specific forms and documents that will satisfy the remaining NYSED and NYU requirements. Here’s what’s next:
Submit a complete proposal to OAPRA for review and submission to NYSED
New York State Education Department reviews proposal for approval
School, registrar, and other NYU stakeholder notification of approval
Adverstising, marketing, or otherwise promoting a new program or curriculum prior to full NYSED approval and registration is strictly prohibited per New York State Education Department rules and regulations.
To ensure success and a smooth and timely review process, please be sure to follow these guidelines no matter what kind of proposal you are submitting. Neglecting these steps will result in more revisions and a longer turnaround time.
These instructions are for adding a new certificate that leads to licensure in a New York State licensed profession or certification, with one rare exception...
If the proposed certificate will lead to professional licensure in a field that NYU does NOT offer a licensure qualifying degree program, return to the Add or Change a Program page and follow the instructions to the process for completing either a new undergraduate or new master’s program in a licensed profession; the former if your certificate is composed of undergraduate courses or the latter if graduate courses.
Document submission and review occurs in two phases when adding a licensure granting certificate program. Upon approval of Phase 1 documents, you may complete and submit Phase 2 documents.
NOTE: Pre-approval by NYSED is required for programs in a licensed profession. Do not conduct the external review before NYSED approves the external reviewers for your program.
If the proposed certificate program will lead to teacher certification, return to the Add or Change a Program page and follow the instructions to the process for completing either a new undergraduate level or new master’s level program leading to teacher certification; the former if your certificate is composed of undergraduate courses or the latter if graduate courses.
All changes to a certificate program require NYSED notification.
If you’re unsure what is considered a Licensed Profession, please reference NYSED's list of professions requiring licensure in NY State.
If you are registering a new program or a change to an existing program and would also like to now offer students a Distance Education Format option, submit the NYSED Add a Distance Education Format Form (DOCX) in addition to the other required documents listed above.
If you have an existing program that doesn’t require a NYSED change registration and would like to now offer students a Distance Education option, please submit the following forms to OAPRA:
Please see Distance Education Information for more on distance education programs and related compliance expectations.