The New York State Education Department website provides details to those holding an initial certificate on options for satisfying the Master's degree requirement for professional certification.

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Please note the following when reviewing that guidance:

  • The College at Brockport is a regionally accredited institution of higher education and therefore is an acceptable institution from which to earn your Master's degree for professional certification purposes.
  • MALS graduates have used this program to satisfy their Master's degree requirement for professional certification based on the following NYSED options:
    1. Master's Degree in the Initial Certificate Content or Related Area
      The MALS program has been used to satisfy the Master's degree requirement for "Generalist" certificate areas outlined on the NYSED website, since it falls into the Related Subject Area of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
    2. Required Coursework for those with an Unrelated Master's DegreeThe MALS program has been used to satisfy the Master's degree requirement as an unrelated Master's degree for those holding non "Generalist" certificates by offering the opportunity to complete twelve semester hours of graduate study in the content or related area of the Initial certificate.

*The NY State Education Department (NYSED) will ultimately determine if completion of The College at Brockport MALS program is acceptable for the purposes of satisfying the Master's degree requirement for professional certification.

More information regarding NYS Teacher Certification can be found at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/.

Contact Us

For Teacher Certification Advisement

Anne Walton
Coordinator of Certification

The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

(585) 395-2326

E-mail mailto:awalton@brockport.edu


Visit the certification Website at: http://www.brockport.edu/academics/certification/

For Application and Admissions Procedures:

The Center for Graduate Studies
The College at Brockport
350 News Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

Last Updated 10/12/17

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