A certificate extension allows the holder of a teaching certificate to teach an additional student population, grade, or subject.
Adolescent Education majors who are willing to take two additional education courses, TCH 455: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescent, and TCH 456: Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction in Middle Childhood Education, and who take and pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) in their subject area, are eligible for a certificate extension to also teach that subject in grades 5-6. Doing so means that a Adolescent Education candidate who completes the Combined Degree Program will be eligible for a minimum of three teaching certificates: the Initial Certificate, the Graduate Specialty Area Certificate, and the Middle School Extension Certificate – which makes the candidate much better prepared for success in the classroom, and more marketable as a teacher.
In addition, Adolescent Education candidates are eligible to pursue the Certificate in Bilingual Education Extension. The candidate must take two additional education courses, TCH 351: Foundations of Bilingual Education, and TCH 454: Methods of Teaching, Reading, and Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom, and complete field-based experience in bilingual education. The candidate must also take and pass the New York State examinations in both English and the target language.