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Degree Requirements

To graduate with a major in Teaching and Learning students must have:

  • Completion of all program requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Review of final project
  • Review of student’s collection of work
  • Review of student’s practice in student teaching, internship, or practicum

To graduate from the Certification Track, students must also:

  • Content Specialty Test
  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  • Fulfill NYS general education and content area requirements
  • Complete state-mandated training in child abuse identification and reporting, violence prevention, fire safety, substance abuse prevention, abduction prevention, and DASA Workshop (Dignity for All Students Act)

Students who do not meet the criteria for graduation from the Certification Track will graduate from the Non-Certification Track.

Certification

All TAL graduate certification-track programs fulfill the academic requirements for the following certificates:

  • Initial Certification, for students with less than 3 years of experience in the certification area
  • Professional Certification, for students with a year of mentored teaching and two years of teaching experience in the certification area

To obtain initial or professional certification, students must:

  • Fulfill all requirements for graduation from a certification track program, including:
    - Completion of student teaching, internship, and/or practicum requirements
    - Passing scores on the ALST, EAS and CST.
    - Completion of state-mandated training in child abuse identification and reporting, school violence prevention, fire safety, substance abuse prevention, and abduction prevention
  • Pass the edTPA in the certification area.
  • For students seeking the Bilingual Education Extension: pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) in the target language of instruction

The SOE Certification Officer helps students apply for certification when all requirements are met. Students interested in Internship Certification before graduation should consult the Certification Officer.