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Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs in Adolescence Education


These programs are designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree seeking New York State initial certification to teach adolescence education in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Family and Consumer Science, French, Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish. These programs are only for students who have the appropriate bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the certification areas listed above.

For candidates holding a master’s degree in the content discipline of a certification area listed, completion of one of these post baccalaureate programs will provide for initial teacher certification. After three years of teaching the subject of the certificate, the candidate is eligible for professional certification without any additional formal education required.

Admission Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. in the certificate area of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Family and Consumer Science, French, Human Ecology, Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish
  • B.A or B.S. degree issued within the last 10 years
  • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative grade point average; at least 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 3 years of one foreign language in high school or 2 semester of one foreign language at the college level
  • At least 3 s.h. of college-level computer technology applications course work
  • Passing score on the CST examination

Prerequisite Information

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 this certification program. All science programs require some direct research experience. The prerequisite content course work for each program is as follows:


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Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

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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


Interpersonal and Family Relationships


Food Science and Food Production

Consumer Skills and Studies

Resource Management

Workplace Skills and Careers


Housing and Interior Design

French and Spanish

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Reading Comprehension

Language Structures

Cultural Understanding


Mathematical Reasoning and Communication

Algebra (Modern and Linear)



Data Analysis



Discrete Mathematics

History of Mathematics


Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Electricity and Magnetism

Waves, Sound, and Light

Quantum Theory and the Atom

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