Admissions Process

All programs require the submission of an application form and the meeting of several academic standards to qualify for admission to the School of Education, which is separate from admission to SUNY Geneseo. The outcome of this application has no bearing on your acceptance or denial to SUNY Geneseo itself. Prior to submitting the application, students must complete and document a Service Learning Project (see below).  In the meantime, Education majors are considered a "Pre" major (e.g. PreChildhood with Special Education).  You must be a full major by the time you reach 60 credit hours, meaning you must have applied and been accepted.

Students who intend to seek certification must have completed two full-time semesters and at least 30 credit hours at the college level before applying. Students seeking Early Childhood and Childhood and Childhood with Special Education certification must be admitted into the School of Education by the time they have earned 60 credit hours or before registering for Block IV courses, whichever comes first. Students seeking Adolescence certification must be admitted into the School of Education by the time they have earned 60 credit hours or before they register for Block III courses, whichever comes first.

Applications are due in the School of Education Office December 1 or June 1.

General Instructions

Download and complete the Ella Cline Shear School of Education Application (includes service learning materials).

Return completed applications to:

          School of Education
          200 South Hall
          1 College Circle
          SUNY Geneseo
          Geneseo, NY  14454

Admission Requirements

For Freshmen and Transfer students with fewer than two full-time semesters of transfer credit:

  • 2.75 cumulative GPA

  • Successful completion of INTD 105 (a C- or better)

  • 25 documented hours of a service learning experience (15 for Adolescence programs)

  • Completed application by deadline

Transfer students with two or more full-time semesters of transfer credit apply at the same time they apply to the College.

  • Successful completion of a course equivalent to INTD 105 (a C- or better)

  • 25 documented hours of a service learning experience (15 for Adolescence programs)

  • Completed application by deadline

Service Learning

The purpose of service learning is to provide an initial experience working with children at the level in which an applicant intends to seek certification. Service learning hours must be distributed among at least 5 visits for Early Childhood and Childhood and Childhood with Special Education certification applicants, and among at least 3 visits for adolescence certification applicants. Transportation time cannot be counted towards the required hours.

A service learning placement should be arranged so the applicant works with one supervisor, although the activities may take place in a variety of classrooms and extracurricular settings. Any educational setting, including a museum, a Head Start program, or America Reads program is acceptable, as long as the supervisor is a teacher certified in the grade area for which the applicant seeks certification.

Complete guidelines for the service learning experience are included in the application.

 A letter stating your acceptance or denial will be sent to the home address supplied on the application after all applications have been reviewed.  We do not begin the review process until after all grades are in at the end of the semester.