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Graduate Studies Catalog 2007-2009



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SUNY College at Brockport is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; (215) 662-5606, and the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.

In addition, the following graduate programs of the College are accredited by:

  • Counselor Education - MSEd in Counseling (College Counselor and School Counselor emphases)
    • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Dance
    • National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
  • Public Administration
    • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
  • Th e Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program
    • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Teacher Education (all related units)
    • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)



School of Arts and Performance

  • Communication
  • Dance
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Visual Studies

School of Letters and Sciences

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computational Science
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Biology
  • History
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

School of Professions

  • Counselor Education
  • Education and Human Development
  • Educational Administration
  • Health Science
  • Public Administration
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Social Work

Degrees Awarded and Post-Master’s Certificates (MA, MS, MFA, MPA, MSEd, MSW, ADVCRT)

Academic Discipline Award HEGIS1 Number
Biological SciencesMS0401.00
Computational ScienceMS0799
Counselor EducationMSEd
See certification areas below
Mental Health CounselingMS2104
Education and Human DevelopmentMSEdSee certification areas below
Educational AdministrationMSEd
See certification areas below
Environmental Science and BiologyMS0420
Health ScienceMSEd0837
Liberal StudiesMA4901.00
Physical EducationMSEd0835
Public AdministrationMPA2102.00
Recreation and LeisureMS2103.00
Social WorkMSW2104
Visual StudiesMFA1011



SUNY College at Brockport offers programs leading to initial or professional teacher certification. Many of these programs may also be completed for permanent teacher certification. In New York state, the first level of certification is titled initial certification. SUNY Brockport offers several graduate programs for individuals pursuing their first teaching certificate. For individuals who currently possess either a provisional (pre-February 2, 2004) or an initial (post-February 2, 2004) teaching certificate, SUNY Brockport offers several graduate programs registered to fulfill the education requirement for permanent or professional certification. Additionally, SUNY Brockport offers graduate programs for currently certified teachers leading to an extension or additional initial certification. These programs include Bilingual Education and Childhood Literacy. These graduate programs also meet the education requirement for permanent or professional certification. Additional state certification requirements exist in the areas of paid professional experience and testing. Contact the Office of Certification at SUNY Brockport, your local BOCES, or the New York State (NYS) Department of Education Web site at for additional certification information.

Initial Certification Award HEGIS1 Number
Biology and General Science, 7-122MSEd0401.01
Chemistry and General Science, 7-122MSEd1905.01
Dance, PreK-12MA1008
Earth Science and General Science, 7-122MSEd1917.01
English, 7-122MSEd1501.01
Health Education, K-12MSEd0837
Mathematics, 7-122MSEd1701.01
Physics and General Science, 7-122MSEd1902.01
Social Studies, 7-122MSEd2201.01
Provisional Certifi cationAwardHEGIS1 Number
School Counselor3MSEd0826.01
Permanent/Professional Certifi cationAwardHEGIS1 Number
Bilingual Education, Extension4MSEd0899
Biology and General Science, 7-12MSEd0401.01
Chemistry and General Science, 7-12MSEd1905.01
Childhood Education, 1-6MSEd0802
Childhood Literacy, Birth-Grade 64MSEd0830
Dance, PreK-12MA1008
Earth Science and General Science, 7-12MSEd1917.01
English, 7-12MSEd1501.01
Health Education, K-12MSEd0837
Mathematics, 7-12MSEd1701.01
Physical EducationMSEd0835
Physics and General Science, 7-12MSEd1902.01
School Building Leader5ADV CRT0827
School District Business Leader6ADV CRT0827
School Counselor3ADV CRT0826.01
School District Leader6ADV CRT0827
Social Studies, 7-12MSEd2201.01

1 HEGIS (Higher Education General Information Survey) code numbers are used to identify academic major programs throughout US colleges and universities.
2 With middle childhood extension to grades 5-6 and Students with Disabilities 7-12 initial Certificates.
3 The School Counselor Program leads to provisional certification at the master’s level and permanent certification on completion of the Certificate of Advance Study.
4 This program leads to an initial certificate or extension upon completion of the degree; however, this master’s program may also apply toward the NYS education requirement for permanent or professional certification in all certificate titles held by the graduate.
5 The School Building Leader program leads to initial certification on completion of the Certificate of Advanced Study.
6 These programs lead to professional certification on completion of the Certificate of Advance Study.



Students who complete a degree from SUNY Brockport that includes an approved program of teacher preparation for certification are eligible for the College’s recommendation for a teaching credential. Approved programs satisfy New York state academic requirements and, under the terms of the Interstate Agreement, the academic requirements for an initial certificate in many other states. A local application for certification should be filed with the College’s Office of Certifi cation during the semester in which the student is completing degree requirements.

Initial Certification
The New York State Education Department requires that all candidates for initial certification must complete training in child abuse prevention and violence prevention, and be fingerprinted. Candidates for initial certification must achieve satisfactory scores on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE).

Professional Certification
The New York State Education Department requires that all candidates seeking professional certification must complete a master’s degree and have three years of teaching experience for professional certification. The professional certificate is a renewable, five-year certificate.

Provisional Certification
Provisional certification is available only in the area of school counselor. However, it is anticipated that the requirements for this certification will be reviewed by New York state and may change before the next printing of this catalog. The New York State Education Department requires that all candidates for provisional certification as a school counselor must complete training in child abuse prevention and violence prevention, and be fingerprinted. The provisional certificate is valid for five years from date of issuance.

Permanent Certification
The permanent certification is a lifetime credential. For individuals holding provisional certification who are seeking permanent elementary or secondary certification, the state requires completion of a master’s degree, two years professional experience, and satisfactory scores on the Content Specialty Test (CST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Performance (ATS-P) of the New York State Teaching Certification Examinations.

For permanent certification in health, physical education, or dance, the state requires completion of a master’s degree and two years professional experience.

Information concerning degree programs may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions or from departmental graduate directors.



Information concerning New York state certification policies and procedures may be obtained from the SUNY Brockport Office of Certification, (585) 395-2344. The office also provides information on teacher certification in other states, particularly those members of the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel.

Program Completer Pass Rates for 2004-2005
(Title II Data)

  Passing Rate for Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) Passing Rate for Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST)
SUNY Brockport 98% 98%
New York Statewide Total 99% 99%

The Title II data shown are the latest available at the time of this catalog’s publication. Updated data, as they becomes available, can be obtained by calling the SUNY Brockport Office of Certification.



The Professional Education Unit, created in 1999, is comprised of the six departments responsible for educating teachers, school counselors and educational administrators. The departments are: Counselor Education, Dance, Educational Administration, Education and Human Development, Health Science, and Physical Education and Sport. The dean of the School of Professions serves as the Unit Head. The Professional Education Council is responsible for assuring that the programs in the Unit are guided by the College mission, Unit mission, shared vision, and the regulations of the State of New York. The council members represent the six academic departments, the Office of Graduate Studies, the liberal arts and sciences, arts and performance, and the Office of Field Experience. The Professional Education Unit is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The information in this publication was current as of Summer 2007 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid eligibility may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget support and staffing. The College reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purposes of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Students matriculated in summer are bound by the catalog in effect the following fall semester. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department or office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information. Printed Summer 2007