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Education & Human Development

The Department of Education and Human Development is committed to preparing graduates that will be agents of change within the larger community and leaders that will promote and advance educational reforms that improve student learning.

The department offers a number of exceptional graduate programs for individuals that already hold a New York State teaching certificate and are seeking a master's degree. They include:

  • Adolescence Education (7-12): 
    Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, or Social Studies
  • Bilingual Education PK-12
  • Literacy Education B-12

The department also offers two outstanding graduate programs for individuals seeking to become a certified teacher for the first time: a 48-credit program that leads to initial teacher certification and a master's degree, or a 33-credit program that leads to initial teacher certification and an advanced certificate. Upon completion of either of these two options, a student will be prepared to teach. New York State, however, requires an initially certified teacher to earn a master's degree within a specified time frame in order to maintain his/her teacher certification. Individuals who complete our 48-credit master's degree program will have satisfied that requirement. Individuals who complete our 33-credit advanced certificate program will still need to complete a master's degree, or may satisfy that requirement through a previously earned master's degree. These two options include the following certification areas:

  • Adolescence Inclusive Education (7-12): 
    Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, or Social Studies 

Program Design and Requirements

  • Philosophy and curriculum have an underlying commitment to inquiry-based learning and social constructivism and are designed to be relevant to teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
  • Coursework provides opportunities for students to investigate pertinent issues from a variety of perspectives: cultural, cognitive, historical, philosophical, and social.
  • Classes are offered in a variety of settings including on Brockport’s main campus, at our MetroCenter in downtown Rochester, and online.
  • Some programs can be completed in as few as 16 months.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of objectives
  • Résumé
  • New York State initial teacher certification (except for applicants to the Adolescence Inclusive Education program or Advanced Certificate)
  • SUNY has adopted a new admission requirement for programs leading to initial certification effective fall 2015. Anyone applying to the fall 2015 semester and beyond must take and submit scores for either the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

  • For best consideration, March 15 for the summer or fall semester
  • For best consideration, October 15 for the spring semester

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Program Contact

Anne Walton

Anne Walton
Coordinator of Graduate Advisement
(585) 395-2326

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Last Updated 7/2/15