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Advanced Certificate in Science Education (21-24 Credits)

This program is designed for candidates who already have a bachelor's and a master's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics and who seek New York State Certification in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics, Grades 7-12.

Program Requirements

Students must consult with an adviser in the Science Education program before starting their certificate program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their program with a Science Education adviser. All students must complete the 21- to 24-credit curriculum below. In order to be recommended for NYS certification at the completion of the Certificate Program, candidates must pass the Assessment of Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students (EAS), Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and the CST in one of the sciences, and meet any additional New York State requirements.

Admission Requirements

1) Possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university that meets New York State's requirements for a general education core in liberal arts and sciences.

2) Possess an approved master's degree in an appropriate content area. Have completed a minimum of 36 credits in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics.

3) Demonstrate the ability to pursue graduate study successfully by having a master's Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.

4) Satisfy the content requirements for New York State initial certification.

Submit scores on the NYS ALST and the NYS Content Specialty Test (CST.)

5) Submit two (2) letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on career goals.

Participate in an interview.

6) Meet additional Departmental, divisional, and New York State requirements, if any.

7) If conditionally admitted, make up requirements starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.


The 21- to 24-credit certificate curriculum consists of two instructional areas:

I. Core Education Sequence (12-15 credits): ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 529 (3) AND ESC 595: (2) and ESC 611 (1) OR ESC 596 (3) and ESC 612 (3)

II. Methods, Curriculum, and Instruction (9 credits): ESC 519 (3), ESC 506 (3) and 3 additional credits to be selected in consultation with the Program Coordinator from the following courses: ESC 767 (3) or equivalent, ESC 770 (3)

Last modified: 8/4/2015