SUNY Requirements for Admissions to Education Program

In an effort to provide NY State with teachers of the highest quality, the SUNY system Board of Trustees has set additional requirements for admission to teacher preparation programs. The following are admissions criteria for students entering at several levels.

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First Year Students

First-year students must meet at least one of the following admissions criteria:

  • High School GPA of a B or better OR
  • High School Rank in top 30% OR
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 OR
  • ACT > 24 OR
  • Brockport GPA  > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet at least one of the following admissions criteria:

  • High School GPA of a B or better OR
  • High School Rank in top 30% OR
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) > 1140 OR
  • ACT > 24 OR
  • Transfer GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits OR
  • Brockport GPA > 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Teacher Preparation Programs

Department of Education and Human Development initial dual certification programs:

Childhood Inclusive Education (grades 1-6)

Teacher candidates completing the Childhood Inclusive Program are qualified to teach in general and special education/inclusive classrooms in grades 1-6.  Teacher candidates must be enrolled in and complete one of the following content majors:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • Geology
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Arts for Children
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Health (Liberal Arts Track)
  • Spanish (Track II)

Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Education Grade 7-12 with Middle Childhood Extension (grades 5-6)

Teacher candidates completing the Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Program are qualified to teach in the following content areas in grades 5 - 12 and in special education/inclusive classrooms in grades 7 - 12:

  • English (Literature Track)
  • Foreign language (French or Spanish Track I)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)
  • Social studies (History) in grades 5-12 and in special education/inclusive classrooms in grades 7-12.

Education is not a major

Teacher candidates pursuing either teacher preparation program must also complete an appropriate academic major in addition to the requirements from the Department of Education and Human Development.

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of 36 college credits.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Submission of a declaration of enrollment form
  • Enrollment in an approved academic major

Additional application and program information can be found on the Department of Education and Human Development page.

Other Certification Programs

Students interested in K-12 certification in Health Science or Physical Education complete a certification application through the respective department.

Additional Information

Please note, many teacher preparation programs require more than 120 credits and may require more than eight semesters of full-time study. In addition, these programs require availability during school hours for completion of field experience requirements.

Students who complete a degree from The College at 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. Initial certification in New York State requires successful completion of New York State Teacher Examinations (NYSTCE) currently under revision. For updates on exams visit www.brockport.edu/academics/certification/updates.

Last Updated 8/28/17

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