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The School of Education offers New York State initial certification through the following undergraduate programs:
Teacher candidates in the elementary-level programs can:
Adolescence majors complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in a Liberal Arts discipline with initial certification requirements.
All elementary programs are organized into a sequence of six blocks of related courses; adolescence programs are organized in a sequence of four blocks of related courses. All teacher candidates must complete 100 hours of field experiences before student teaching. Childhood with Special Education candidates must complete 150 hours of field experiences before student teaching. These field visits allow candidates to gain practical experience in using the knowledge from their coursework to prepare them to become active participants in school classrooms. For additional information regarding programs, consult the Undergraduate Program Requirements or access the SUNY Geneseo bulletin at: bulletin.geneseo.edu
All initial certification programs require the satisfactory completion of the foreign language requirement. For candidates who entered SUNY Geneseo in 2003 or later, the College language requirement is proficiency through the third semester (201) of a foreign language. The foreign language requirement for certification can be satisfied in any one of the following ways:
American Sign Language proficiency equivalent to 201 levels also can be used to fulfill this requirement for students seeking teacher certification.
Teacher candidates must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average to continue in a certification program. In addition, a grade of C- or better is required for each of the following courses:
Candidates in education degree programs meet the College writing requirement by successfully completing EDUC 354, Family and Community, required for all education programs. Adolescence candidates meet the requirement in their major department.