Turn your passion into a teaching career. If you hold a bachelor’s degree and would like to become a classroom teacher, the initial teaching certification program prepares you with the skills to channel your interests or past degree into a career in education.

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What to expect

  1. Email from program director
  2. Discuss requirements, course schedule and start date
  3. Application Requirement Checklist
  4. Information on Financing Your Education


What you will study

This condensed program will teach you the importance of teaching as a social justice and your role in the future of education. Build a strong background in child development and the cultural contexts of education, family communication, curriculum inquiry and policy development. You will gain real world experience through clinically rich student teaching and field placement experiences in urban, suburban and rural settings. Through this NCATE accredited program, you will be able to take what you've learned and pass on that knowledge to the next generation of students.

Program options:

  • Childhood Education 1-6
  • Adolescent Biology Education 7-12
  • Adolescent Chemistry Education 7-12
  • Adolescent Earth Science Education 7-12
  • Adolescent English Education 7-12
  • Adolescent French Education 7-12
  • Adolescent German Education 7-12
  • Adolescent Mathematics Education 7-12
  • Adolescent Physics Education 7-12
  • Adolescent Social Studies Education 7-12
  • Adolescent Spanish Education 7-12

Where you can study

  • Main campus

Learning outcomes

SUNY Oswego is dedicated to preparing knowledgeable and committed teachers with strong commitments to equity and diversity, critical thinking, social responsibility, and critical reflection. As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to earn your initial teaching certification, allowing you to teach in New York State.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts showing confirmation of a Bachelor's degree
  • Purpose statement for graduate study
  • Resume
  • Education essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $65 application fee
  • GRE test scores
  • ALST test scores
  • Program advisement meeting