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Advanced Certificate in Social Studies Education (24-27 Credits)

Social Studies Education Advanced Certificate Requirements

Students must consult with an adviser in the Social Studies Education program before starting their certificate program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their program with a Social Studies Education adviser. All students must complete the 24-27-credit curriculum below. The Assessment of Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and CST examinations must be passed in order to take the Social Studies teaching methods courses. In order to be recommended for certification, candidates must pass the remaining current certification examinations and complete the Social Studies Education Certificate with a 3.0 or better GPA, and meet any additional New York State requirements.

Social Studies Education Advanced Certificate Admission Requirements

● Possess a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university that meets New York State's requirements for a general education core in liberal arts and sciences.

● Possess a master's degree in an approved social studies content area.

● Have completed a minimum of 36 credits in history or in an approved social studies content area.

● Submit scores on the NYS ALST Teacher Examination and the NYS Content Specialty Test (CST) in Social Studies.

● Demonstrate the ability to pursue graduate study successfully by having a master's Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.

● Submit two (2) letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on career goals.

● Participate in an interview.

● Satisfy appropriate voice, speech, and health standards.

● Meet additional departmental, divisional, and New York State requirements, if any.

● If conditionally admitted, make up requirements starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

Advanced Certificate in Social Studies Education (24-27 Credits)

The 24-27 credit certificate curriculum consists of three instructional areas.

I. Foundations of Education (12): ESC 501 (3), ESC 502 (3), ESC 506 (3) or the equivalent, ESC 529 (3).

II. Methods, Curriculum, and Instruction (9): ESC 534 (3) and 6 additional credits to be selected in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

III. Practicum (3-6): ESC 595 (3) or ESC 596 (6)

ESC 501, 502, 529, and 534 require 25 hours of fieldwork each and 15 hours of field work for ESC 506 or the equivalent.

ESC 534 and all other Social Studies teaching methods courses include a combined total of 25 hours of fieldwork.

ESC 595 (2): Teaching Internship for in-service teachers and will include a weekly seminar, ESC 611(1).

ESC 596 (3): Student Teaching will be taken by pre-service teachers and will include a weekly seminar, ESC 612 (3).

Last modified: 8/4/2015