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Teacher Certification

Which teacher certification programs am I eligible for?

Many of our Master’s and C.A.S. degree programs that lead to New York State certification are open to students with no previous study in education, while some require previous certification.

Many of these programs require liberal arts distribution courses as prerequisites; whether or not these need to be taken before admission varies by program. See the Admissions page under each program for more on liberal arts distribution courses, liberal arts concentrations, and other specific admissions requirements.

All of our master’s programs that lead to initial/professional or just professional certification can also be used to meet the master’s degree requirement for professional certification in any other existing initial certification areas.

For undergraduate students, 11 of our 13 undergraduate majors meet the academic requirements for at least one New York State initial certification.

For more information contact:

Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505

Please email soecareer@syr.edu for questions and assistance with career services and certification.

Master’s Degree Programs

Master’s Program Required Undergraduate or Content Area Background Required Existing New York State Certification Graduates meet academic requirements for New York State:
Arts Education: Preparation (PreK-Grade 12), M.S. Major or minimum 30 credits of studio and/or design, art history, and contemporary arts survey courses. Not required. Must have NO existing Visual Arts certification. Initial and Professional certification in Visual Arts (all grades).
Arts Education: Professional (PreK-Grade 12), M.S. Presumed completed for initial certification. Initial certification in Visual Arts (all grades). Professional certification in Visual Arts (all grades).
Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 2), M.S. Liberal arts major or concentration (consult with department). Not required. Must have NO existing Students with Disabilities (birth-grade 2) certification, but Early Childhood (birth-grade 2) is accepted. Initial and Professional certification in both Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 2) & Students with Disabilities (birth-grade 2)
English Education (Grades 7-12), M.S. Major or 30 undergraduate credits in english and writing intensive coursework (including specific content) Not required. Must have NO existing English Language Arts certification. Initial and Professional certification in English Language Arts (grades 7-12).
Inclusive Special Education (Grades 1-6), M.S. Presumed completed for initial certification. Initial certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6). Initial and Professional certification in Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).
Inclusive Special Education (Grades 7-12 Generalist), M.S. Liberal arts major or concentration (consult with department). Not required. Initial and Professional certification in Students with Disabilities (grades 7-12).
Inclusive Special Education (Severe/Multiple Disabilities), M.S. Presumed completed for initial certification. Initial certification in Students with Disabilities (either birth-grade 2, grades 1-6, or grades 7-12). Annotation in Severe or Multiple Disabilities.
Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 12), M.S. Presumed completed for initial certification. Initial certification in any teaching area. Initial and Professional Certification in Literacy (Birth-Grade 6 and Grades 5-12).
Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12), M.S. Major or 33 undergraduate credits in mathematics (including specific content). Not required. Must have NO existing Mathematics certification. Initial and Professional certification in Mathematics (grades 7-12).
Music Education: Preparation (PreK-Grade 12), M.S. Degree with an accredited major in music. Not required. Must have NO existing music certification. Initial and professional certification in Music (all grades).
Music Education: Professional (PreK-Grade 12), M.S. or M.Mus. Presumed completed for initial certification. Initial certification in Music (all grades). Professional certification in Music (all grades).
School Counseling (K-12), M.S.

** The C.A.S. in School Counseling leads to Permanent certification.

Relevant work experience. required. Not required. Provisional certification as a School Counselor.
Science Education (Grades 7-12), M.S. Major or 30 undergraduate credits in science content area (including specific content; see program page for subject specific majors). Not required. Must have NO existing Science certification. Initial and Professional certification in biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (grades 7-12).
Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12), M.S. Major or 39 credits in history or social sciences area. Not required. Must have NO existing Social Studies certification. Initial and Professional certification in Social Studies (grades 7-12).
Teaching English Language Learners: First Certification (PreK-Grade 12), M.S. Liberal arts major or concentration (consult with department) including 12 credits of a foreign language. Must have NO existing teacher certification. Initial and Professional certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (all grades).
Teaching English Language Learners: Existing ESOL (PreK-Grade 12), M.S. 12 credits of a foreign language; other requirements presumed completed for initial certification. Initial certification in any teaching area other than ESOL. Initial and Professional certification in English to Speakers of Other Languages (all grades).

C.A.S. Programs

C.A.S Program. Content Area Background Existing NYS Certification Graduates meet academic requirements for
Educational Leadership, C.A.S. Master’s degree. Not required. Initial and professional certification as a School Building Leader; Professional certification as a School District Leader.
School Counseling, C.A.S.

** The M.S. in School Counseling leads to Provisional certification.

Master’s degree (or concurrent enrollment) in a counseling field Not required. Provisional certification as a School Counselor is accepted. Provisional certification as a School Counselor if not already attained; Permanent certification as a School Counselor.