Although Empire State College does not offer bachelor's degrees leading directly to teacher certification, the following chart outlines how a student may apply some study at Empire State College to a teacher-certification program elsewhere. Undergraduate teacher certification programs are usually designed for full-time, day students and require a full-time, daytime student-teaching placement (unpaid). Thus, these programs may provide limited access to working adults who attend college part time.
The student completes a bachelor's degree from a four-year public or private college that has an approved teacher-certification program. The student meets the following requirements:
Academic credit earned at Empire State College may transfer into a four-year college that has an approved teacher-certification program.
The four-year college determines whether it will accept credit completed at Empire State College (or any other college) toward the bachelor's degree and toward initial New York state teacher certification. Private colleges are more likely than SUNY colleges to transfer previous college course work (including from ESC) into their degrees leading to teacher certification. However, private colleges have higher tuition rates.
Note: Four-year colleges generally do not accept teacher preparation course work from other colleges, so it is best not to take such courses prior to transferring.