SUNY Oneonta's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adolescence Education program is designed to allow students who have completed a bachelor's degree to earn teacher certification in one of the following areas:
- Family and Consumer Science
Post-baccalaureate programs may be taken on a full- or part-time basis. When taken on a full-time basis, they can be completed in as little as one calendar year. They are designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree seeking New York State initial certification to teach adolescence education in either Biology, Chemistry, Family and Consumer Science or Mathematics. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs are only for students who have the appropriate bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the certification areas listed above. Those with a master’s degree in one of the listed disciplines may, after completing this program and three years of teaching, apply for professional certification. Students must complete all the courses in the program.
This program typically costs less and takes less time than obtaining certification through other means.
Once you complete a Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Adolescence Education you will receive New York State Initial Teacher Certification. That is the credential required to teach a specified subject area in all school districts in New York State.
New York State has initial teacher certification and professional teacher certification. After receiving initial teacher certification, one has five years to obtain professional teacher certification. To continue teaching beyond five years in New York State one needs to obtain professional teacher certification. To obtain professional teacher certification you have to complete a master's degree in your subject area or in Adolescence Education. If you already possess a master's degree in your subject area, then after completing a Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Adolescence Education and earning initial teacher certification in a subject area and working as a teacher for three years you could apply directly to the New York State Education Department for professional teacher certification.
An alternative to the Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Adolescence Education is a Master's of Science in Teaching (MST) or a Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT). These programs provide you with initial teacher certification upon completion. After obtaining an MST or MAT and completing three years of teaching, you can then apply to the New York State Education Department for professional teacher certification.
The Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Adolescence Education can be completed in one calendar year if you attend full-time. The tuition charged for this program is undergraduate tuition. After one year, you can start to teach.
The MST and MAT programs taken on a full-time basis require from two to two and one-half years to complete. The tuition charged for these programs is graduate tuition. You must wait until you complete the MST or MAT to obtain initial teacher certification and start teaching. That is two or two and one-half years before you can begin teaching. The MST and MAT programs cost more in tuition and require an additional year or year and one-half during which you must forego earning income.
Admission Requirements (Fall and Spring Only)
All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:
- Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
- Submit an official transcript of an earned B.A., B.S. or master’s degree in the appropriate content area, from a regionally accredited college (must be awarded in the last 10 years)
- Achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall; a 2.8 grade point average in the content area of the undergraduate major or a master’s degree in the content area.
- Successful completion of three years of one foreign language in high school or two semesters of one foreign language at the college level.
- At least 3 s.h. of college-level computer technology application coursework
Scholarships and Fellowships
General information on scholarships, fellowships and financial aid, some of which may be open to qualified students, can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.
The students in the post-baccalaureate program pay undergraduate tuition.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. FAFSA is the one application for federal aid, including grants and loans. The fastest way to apply for financial aid is at fafsa.ed.gov. Information about financial aid and scholarships can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.
Free information can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Education’s website or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.