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Teaching Certificate in NY with Class Descriptions

Research teaching certificate programs in New York, which currently has nearly 100 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two New York schools to decide which program is right for you.

New York Teaching Certificate Programs

Students in New York can pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees with initial teaching certification for early childhood, childhood or secondary education levels. Discover school facts in the table below, and then read about the curricula, specializations and student teaching at two universities.

  • New York University is located in New York City and offers degrees in childhood and secondary education.
  • University at Buffalo, in the northwest New York city of Buffalo, offers teaching certification programs in early childhood, childhood and secondary education. In addition, an all-grades initial certification is available in music or special education.

Comparison of Schools

In addition to learning about the specific programs, aspiring teachers might also want to learn more facts about these schools. Check out the following table for details about tuition, enrollment, graduation rates and other pertinent statistics.

New York University University at Buffalo
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,123* 30,648*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019) $51,828* $10,099 (in-state)
$27,769 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 54%* 82%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 28%* 57%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time, First-Time Students (2016-2017) 93%* 87%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011) 84%* 75%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

New York University

New York University (NYU) is one of the largest schools in the state of New York and one of the largest private universities in the entire country. It is consistently ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

NYU students seeking teacher certification can pursue one of many subject-specific undergraduate and master's-level education programs at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Sample subjects include bilingual education, art education and special education. General education degree programs at NYU are listed below.

Childhood Education

Students interested in teaching at the elementary level (grades 1-6) may pursue bachelor's or master's degrees in childhood education. Applicants to the graduate program must have completed core content coursework during their undergraduate studies in order to qualify for the master's. Both degree programs prepare students to apply for certification in New York State to teach at the elementary level; a student-teaching experience is required before students can receive institutional recommendation for certification. Coursework in these education programs may include:

  • Teaching and learning techniques
  • Elementary school math
  • Science teaching techniques
  • Language and literacy
  • Social behavior
  • Curriculum development

Secondary Education

The secondary education (grades 7-12) programs at NYU are divided by subject area. Students seeking teacher certification for these grade levels can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in education in one of the following subjects:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Education
  • Environmental Conservation Education
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Literacy Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching French as a Foreign Language
  • Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language
  • TESOL/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Courses vary depending on the program, but typically include classes in professional development in addition to intensive coursework in the subject area. A student-teaching experience is also required before students can receive institutional recommendation for state certification.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a flagship institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It's also the largest campus in the SUNY system, with more than 30,000 matriculated students.

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) at UB offers several master's and doctoral programs in learning and instruction. The Teacher Education Institute (TEI) in the GSE offers several initial certificate programs for individuals who do not have prior teaching experience. All students must complete a supervised teaching experience before applying for initial teacher certification.

Early Childhood and Childhood Certification

Students interested in teaching at the early childhood (birth through grade two) or elementary (grades 1-6) levels can pursue the professional Master of Education (Ed.M.) at UB. Students can also earn a bilingual extension in either of these areas or pursue a combined degree in both early childhood and childhood education. Coursework often includes:

  • Child development
  • Education foundations
  • Elementary education research
  • Childhood literacy
  • Curriculum and assessment

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