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Department of Secondary Education

Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Secondary Education Competency Based Teacher Education Program
Outline of Education Course Requirements for 7-12 Initial Certification

Admission Requirements to the Program

  • 2.75 GPA in at least 24 credits in college course work
  • Grade of B or better in both Freshman Composition Courses
  • Complete the undergraduate program application
  • Note:  Current students wishing to apply to Adolescence Education/Math must first be accepted as a math major.  A Declaration of Major form signed by the Math Department must be submitted with the application.

**Important New Information for English and Social Studies Students**

Starting in Fall 2013, students majoring in Adolescence Education/English (443) or Adolescence Education/Social Studies (445) must have a GPA cum of at least 3.0 before they will receive permission to enroll in the required methods course SED370 Teaching English in the Secondary School or SED373 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School and their co-requisite, SED350 Fieldwork #2.  Students unable to meet this GPA prerequisite will be advised to change their major so they can graduate in a timely manner.

Admission Requirements to Student Teach

  • 2.5 overall GPA*
  • 2.75 GPA in Pedagogical Core*
  • Satisfactory Program Portfolio
  • 2.5 GPA in Content Core
  • Grade of B or better in Methods Course
  • Approval of Coordinator and Chair
  • Satisfactory completion of all components of the departmental Assessment Exam French/Spanish   (French/Spanish candidates only)
  • Advanced-Low level or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview French/Spanish (French/Spanish candidates only)

Student Teaching is a capstone experience for all undergraduate elementary and secondary teacher candidates seeking a bachelor's degree. It is a full-time commitment extending for an entire semester with placements in two different settings. As such, the School of Education requires that all required coursework is completed BEFORE the capstone experience begins, and it restricts candidates from taking any other course(s) while registered for student teaching except the co-requisite fieldwork 3 and the student teaching seminar.

*These requirements are baseline only. Education program enrollments can be more competitive, depending on the number of applicants.


First Semester in Program/Second Semester Sophomore Year (7 credits)

EDS340 Sociological & Philosophical Foundations 3
EDS372 Developing Adolescent 3
SED354 Foundations Seminar (should be taken during the first semester in the program) 1

Second Semester in Program/First Semester Junior Year (6 credits)

EDS383 Intro to Literacy for Diverse Learners 3
SPE385 Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School 3

Third Semester in Program/Second Semester Junior Year (4 credits)

SED453 Intro Curriculum and Assessment 3
SED353 Field Work #1 1

Fourth Semester in Program/First Semester Senior Year (7 credits)

SED356      Teaching and Learning in the Digital Environment                                      


Discipline Specific Methods - one of the following taken the semester immediately before student teaching:

SED370 Teaching English in the Secondary School 3
SED371 Teaching French in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED373 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School 3
SED374 Teaching Science in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED375 Teaching Math in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED381 Teaching Spanish in the Secondary School - FALL ONLY 3
SED350 Field Work #2 1

Fifth Semester in Program/Second Semester Senior Year (14 credits)

SED407 Field Work #3 1
SED404 Student Teaching in the Middle School 6
SED405 Student Teaching in the Senior High School 6
SED406 Student Teaching Seminar 1

Required Couplings:

  • Intro Curriculum & Assessment and Field Work #1
  • Methods, Field Work #2 and Digital Environment 
  • Student Teaching, Student Teaching Seminar and Field Work #3

Recommended Couplings:

  • Sociological & Phil Foundations and Developing Adolescent
  • Literacy & Learning and Differentiating Instruction

Foreign Language Requirement 

A requirement in the study of a language other than English must be met. Students with no previous college level language study must complete a two-semester sequence in a language; students who can be placed at an intermediate or advanced level must complete one course.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to field and student teaching placements and must be prepared to commute up to 45 miles, one way, to these placements. 

Undergraduate Specializations

Additional Requirements:

PLEASE NOTE:  New York State Certification Examinations will be changing as of May 2014.  Please go to the following website for more information:

New York State Certification Examinations:

>Candidates who have completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014 should take the following exams:

Liberal Arts & Sciences Test (LAST)
Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W)
Content Specialty Test (CST)

>Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 should take the following new exams:

Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST) as they become available.  Please see website above.

 State-Mandated Workshops:

1. Recognizing and reporting symptoms of child abuse
2. Prevention of school violence (S.A.V.E.)

3. NEW - DASA (Dignity for All Students Act training):  Candidates applying for certification after
December 30, 2013 will be required to take an additional 6-hour DASA workshop to receive a certificate.
Starting in 2014 and onward, a DASA training must be documented on your transcripts for recommendation. 

You are advised to complete these workshops as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program.


State-mandated fingerprinting should be done as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program. You can pick up a fingerprinting packet in the Old Main Building, Room 323.

Students must have good moral character. (Applicants for admission are asked to provide information about past convictions, misconduct, etc. on the application for a certificate, and the New York State Education Department is authorized to investigate complaints regarding an applicant's past convictions which raise a reasonable question as to the individual's moral character.)