Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

Programs in: Adolescence Education, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Family & Consumer Science, French, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish

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, Earth Science, Family and Consumer Science, French, Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish. 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.

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, Earth Science, Family and Consumer Science, French, Human Ecology, Mathematics, Physics or Spanish.
  • 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 applications course work.
  • Passing grade on the CST examination upon admission. For dates click here.
  • Register for TEACH, if you have not done so already. This may be done at
  • 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 Graduate Studies 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.

The prerequisite content course work for each program is as follows:


  • 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

Earth Science
  • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
  • Space Systems
  • Atmospheric Systems
  • Geological Systems
  • Water Systems

Family and Consumer Science
  • 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

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Language Structures
  • Cultural Understanding

  • Mathematical Reasoning and Communication
  • Algebra (Modern and Linear)
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Data Analysis
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • History of Mathematics

  • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
  • Mechanics and Thermodynamics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Waves, Sound, and Light
  • Quantum Theory and the Atom

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Language Structures
  • Cultural Understanding

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 ExceptionalChildren 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.

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 over the Internet ( 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.


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