In addition to required coursework in education and a liberal arts major, the following specialized training and workshops are required for all New York State educator-preparation programs leading to an Initial Certificate.

Foreign Language Requirement

A requirement in the study of a language other than English must be met. Students with no previous college-level language study must complete a two-semester sequence in a language; students who can be placed at an intermediate or advanced level must complete one course. The study of American Sign Language satisfies this New York State teacher certification requirement. (Sign Language courses approved for SUNY General Education may also be used to satisfy the Foreign Language category of GE.)

New York State Certification Examinations

Child Protection Policy

The SUNY system-wide Child Protection Policy sets protocols and mandates for campuses to follow when SUNY has children in its care, custody, and control. To learn more about the CPP and its training modules, visit the School of Education homepage.

State-Mandated Workshops

  1. Child Abuse Identification Workshop: All candidates for teacher certification will complete a State-mandated two-hour training lecture on recognizing and reporting child abuse or neglect. Group sessions will be provided on campus, or students may take the training from social service agencies, community colleges, or BOCES. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented on candidates' transcripts.
  2. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training: All students will complete a six-hour training in the prevention of bullying and harassment. Training is provided periodically on campus or may be taken through BOCES or another approved provider. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented on students' transcripts.
  3. Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act Training: All students will complete a two-hour workshop in school violence prevention. Workshops are held periodically on campus or may be taken elsewhere through an approved provider. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented on students' transcripts.
  4. Training in Health & Safety Education: This 0-credit online training (EDI095 Training in Health & Safety Education) includes topics mandated by New York State Education Law for teacher candidates. The four video modules provide information on the means for instructing students for the purpose of preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (Education Law section 804); instructing students in fire and arson prevention (Education Law section 808); providing safety education as it pertains to highway safety, traffic regulations, and bicycle safety (Education Law section 806); and instructing students for preventing child abduction (Education Law section 803-a).

You are advised to complete these workshops as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program.


State-mandated fingerprinting should be done as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program. You can pick up a fingerprinting packet in the Old Main Building, Room 323.

Students must have good moral character. (Applicants for admission are asked to provide information about past convictions, misconduct, etc. on the application for a certificate, and the New York State Education Department is authorized to investigate complaints regarding an applicant's past convictions which raise a reasonable question as to the individual's moral character.)

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a capstone experience for all undergraduate elementary and secondary teacher candidates seeking a bachelor's degree. It is a full-time commitment extending for an entire semester with placements in two different settings. As such, the School of Education requires that all required coursework is completed before the capstone experience begins, and it restricts candidates from taking any other course(s) while registered for student teaching except the co-requisite SED407 Fieldwork #3 and SED406 Student Teaching Seminar .

Requirements to Student Teach

  • Grade of B or better in Methods Course1
  • Approval of Coordinator and Chair
  • Satisfactory completion of all components of the departmental Assessment Exam French/Spanish (French/Spanish candidates only)2
  • Advanced-Low level or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview French/Spanish (French/Spanish candidates only)2


Students are responsible for their own transportation to field and student-teaching placements and must be prepared to commute up to 45 miles, one way, to these placements.