To apply for fingerprint clearance or a certificate, click the icon above and create a personal account to login to TEACH Online Services, a program of the NYS Education Department.

NOTE: Any questions about TEACH must be directed to their website or to the NYS Education Dept.


Paula Klingelhoefer
Senior Executive Director for Personnel &

Instructional Support Services
631-549-4900, ext. 204

Our Philosophy

Western Suffolk BOCES believes its highly qualified and dedicated employees form the foundation for helping students build successful lives. We hire employees in two basic categories:

Certified Employees

Our instructional and administrative staff are certified by the State Education Department. The type of certification required varies according to the position.

Civil Service Employees

Non-instructional staff such as our secretaries and several other positions are hired from the Suffolk County Civil Service lists. Other non-instructional staff such as our aides and custodians are in non-competitive Civil Service titles. Titles of positions depend on the job descriptions.

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