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Undergraduate Catalog

Adolescence Education: Additional Requirements

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. The study of American Sign Language satisfies this New York State teacher certification requirement. (Sign Language courses approved for SUNY General Education may also be used to satisfy the Foreign Language category of GE.)

New York State Certification Examinations:
Teacher Performance Assessment Portfolio (edTPA)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST) as they become available. See www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp

State-Mandated Workshops:
1. Recognizing and reporting symptoms of child abuse
2. Prevention of school violence (S.A.V.E.)
3. DASA (Dignity for All Students Act training) - Starting in 2014 and onward, a DASA training must be documented on your transcript 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.)