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1. Types of Certificates and Licenses. Office of Teaching Initiatives. New York State Education Department. https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/typesofcerts-classroom.html.
2. Reissuances of Expired Initial Classroom Teacher and School Building Leader Certificates. Certification. Office of Teaching Initiatives. New York State Education Department. https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/reissue.html.

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