Adult students interested in teacher certification have several pathways available to them. Three major options exist; the pages linked below describe how study towards a degree at Empire State College can be relevant, and indicates when studies at the college are not useful to the student seeking certification.
Option 1: Master's Degrees Leading to Certification
Option 2: Traditional Master's Degree in Education
Option 3: Bachelor's Degrees Leading Directly to Certification
Empire State College does not have a registered teacher-certification program at the undergraduate level but does offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) that leads to New York state teaching certification at the middle-school and secondary levels.
For more information about pathways to teacher certification, consult the educational studies website and speak with an educational studies or MAT mentor.
Students who earn a bachelor's degree at Empire State College (or at another accredited college) are eligible to apply for admission to the Empire State College M.A.T. program or to a master's degree program at another college. The Empire State College M.A.T. prepares students to teach in high-need schools and leads to middle- or high-school certification in math, science, English, foreign language or social studies.
Note: Students interested in elementary education, special education, arts education, physical education or similar areas, should investigate programs at other colleges. Undergraduate degrees in educational studies at Empire State College do not lead to teacher certification. Students in this area individually design concentrations in other aspects of education, often with a strong application to their own professional settings. For example, corporate and agency-based human resource professionals may design concentrations in areas such as adult development and training, and child care professionals may study child development and learning. Students also may pursue broad interdisciplinary interests such as knowledge, learning and culture within this area of study.