Designed for individuals seeking to become a NY State certified teacher for the first time. Leads to certification in the following three areas: Biology grades 7-12, Biology grades 5 and 6, and Students with Disabilities Generalist (special education) grades 7-12. Leads to both initial and professional certification.
Admission to the Program
The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants must have the following qualifications:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- An academic major in the program discipline or equivalent (minimum 30 credits in the discipline).
- Statement of objectives
- Three letters of reference
* Additionally, New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires teachers-in-training to complete specific liberal arts core coursework, Pre-Professional Core courses in Adolescent Psychology and Personal Health, and specific workshops prior to student teaching. Contact department for specific advisement.
Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.
Initial Sequence Courses
- Phase I
- EDI 513 Introduction to Special Education
- EDI 531 Language Skills I
- *EDI 547 Inclusive Middle Level Teaching in Science
- Phase II
- EDI 530 Education and Society
- EDI 532 Language Skills II
- *EDI 567 Teaching Science Inclusively
- Phase III
- *EDI 514 Methods in Special Education
- EDI 519 Assessment in Special Education
- Phase IV
- **EDI 575 Practicum and Seminar in Inclusive Adolescence Education
- EDI 601 Diversity in Education
- EDI 603 Educational Assessment and Evaluation
- EDI 617 Advanced Methods in Science
- EDI 623 Reading Research in Adolescence Science
- EDI 793 Seminar in Science Education
Minimum Total Credits: 48
*Includes Field Experience
**Full time Student Teaching
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): Students are also required to complete DASA training for program completion.
Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office for comprehensive information regarding NYSED certification requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Content knowledge: Students will be able to understand the central concepts of their discipline.
- Pedagogical content knowledge: Students will be able to develop instructional plans and strategies, and connect them with content knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for P-12 students.
- Professional knowledge and skills: Students will be able to understand the learning needs of all students, and utilize their professional knowledge and skills, including the implementation of assessments and technology, to create effective learning experiences.
- Reflective skills: Students will be able to continuously evaluate the impact of their work with students, reflecting on their success as teachers and addressing their needs for continuing professional improvement.
- Professional dispositions: Students will practice professional ethics, including dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, self-awareness, and professionalism.
- Positive impact on P-12 learning: Students will be able to produce evidence that they engage students in meaningful activity that promotes the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.