Adolescence Education (PBC)

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:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Mathematics

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, from May to May. 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

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  • B.A., B.S. or master's degree and/or proven completion of all of the required content area courses in the certificate area of Biology, Chemistry, Family and Consumer Science or Mathematics.
  • B.A., B.S. or master's degree issued within the last 10 years.
  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average; 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.
  • Passing grade on the CST examination upon admission.
  • Register for TEACH, if you have not done so already.
  • Fall, spring and summer admission. (one year program begins in the summer only*)

The online application, $50 application fee, and official transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions by April 14 for May admission. NOTE: If the undergraduate major or master’s degree does not fulfill all content course work necessary for certification and national content standard requirements, those specific content courses that are missing are still required for certification and must be successfully completed prior to beginning one of these certificate programs. The $50 application fee is waived for SUNY Oneonta Undergraduates.

Prerequisite content coursework for each program

  • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
  • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Biological Unity, Diversity and Life Processes
  • Human Biology
  • Ecology
  • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
  • Matter and Atomic Structure
  • Energy, Chemical Bonds, and Molecular Structure
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Stoichiometry and Solutions
  • Interactions of Chemistry and the Environment
  • Individual and Family Health and Wellness
  • Child and Human Development
  • Parenting
  • Interpersonal and Family Relationships
  • Nutrition
  • Food Science and Food Production
  • Consumer Skills and Studies
  • Resource Management
  • Workplace Skills and Careers
  • Textiles
  • Housing and Interior Design
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Communication
  • Algebra (Modern and Linear)
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Data Analysis
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • History of Mathematics

Curriculum Schedule

(shown for full-time attendance, May through May)

Summer Session I

  • EDUC 106 Issues in Education 3 s.h.
  • EDUC 206 Philosophy and Foundations of Education 3 s.h.
  • EPSY 229 Survey of Exceptional Children 3 s.h.
  • EDUC 213 Education Law Requirements Related to Health and Safety Issues 1 s.h.

Summer Session II

  • EPSY 250 Adolescent Growth And Development 3 s.h
  • EDUC 246 Development of Language and Adolescence Literacies 3 s.h.

Fall Semester

  • EPSY 275 Psychological Foundations of Education: Learning and Motivation 3 s.h.
  • EDUC 201 Diversity and Teaching 3 s.h.
  • EDUC 346 Teaching Reading in Content Areas 3 s.h.

Methods Courses: Select one of the following “Methods” courses as appropriate 4 s.h.:

  • SCED 392 Science Research Theory & Practice in Middle & High School Education
  • FCSE 392 Program Planning & Assessment Family & Consumer Science Education
  • FLED 392 Methods and Materials in Teaching Foreign Languages
  • MTHE 392 Mathematics in Secondary Education

Spring Semester-Student Teaching 12 s.h.

  • SCED 396 Student Teaching in Secondary Science
  • FCSE 396 Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Science
  • FLED 396 Student Teaching in Foreign Language Education
  • MTHE 396 Student Teaching in Secondary Mathematics
  • XXXX 398 Seminar 3 s.h.

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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.

Tuition rates can be found here:

Financial Aid

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 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.


Department of Secondary Education and Educational Technology
374 Fitzelle Hall

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