Certification Extensions

A certificate extension allows the holder of a teaching certificate to teach an additional student population, grade, or subject. Please see the sections below specific to each specialty for more information about relevant certificate extensions for Adolescent Education majors and Childhood Education majors.

 

Adolescent Education

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 the Middle School 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.

 

Childhood Education

Childhood Education  majors must also have 30-credits in a subject area to be taught (i.e. Biology, English, etc.) to be  eligible for the Middle School Extension.  Students who  take two additional courses, TCH 455: Middle Childhood/Early Adolescent, and TCH 456: Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction in Middle Childhood Education, and take and pass the Content Specialty Test (CST)  in the subject area, are eligible for a certificate extension to teach that subject area in Grades 7-9.  Doing so means that a Childhood Education candidate who completes the Combined Degree Program will be eligible for a minimum of 3 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.

Childhood 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 experiences in bilingual classrooms.  The candidate must also take and pass the New York State Bilingual Education Assessment.