New York has more than 140 schools that offer teaching certification programs. Get some information about the degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.
New York Teacher Certification
New York teacher preparation programs are specialized by level or subject and can prepare students for teacher certification examinations. Explore two schools' programs to learn about the degrees, curricula and certification options. The table near the end of this article provides additional data about the schools.
- New York University. located in New York City, offers bachelor's degrees in childhood education (general or special education) and for grades 7-12 social studies or foreign languages. In addition, this school offers master's degrees in childhood education and in literacy education that can lead to certification for teaching either birth to grade 6 or grades 5-12.
- University at Buffalo. in northwestern New York's city of Buffalo, offers a master's degree in early childhood education with a bilingual extension, in addition to master's degrees in a variety of content areas for teachers of grades 5-12 or 7-12.
New York University
New York University is a 4-year, private school. The university's Department of Teaching and Learning administers education programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each of the following programs prepares graduates for teacher certification in their respective field of study.
Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education
This program prepares graduates to teach children in grades 1-6, whether they're in a traditional or special education classroom. Coursework includes topics in language and reading instruction; teaching methods for elementary science, health and math; and special education foundations.
Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education
Program curriculum includes classes in American history, world history, social studies teaching methods and inclusive instruction. Beginning their junior year, students complete field experiences in public schools. In their senior year, they're responsible for teaching middle and high school social studies classes. Upon program completion, students can become certified to teach pupils in grades 7-12.
Students in the foreign language education program are trained to teach grades 7-12. Specializations are
available in French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese or Italian. In addition to their language of choice, students learn about curriculum development, second language learning and educational technology.
The fast track master's degree program in childhood education is designed for aspiring teachers who have bachelor's degrees in a field other than education. Over the course of three, full-time semesters, they take classes in children's social development, special needs education and problem solving in elementary mathematics. Graduates can become certified to teach grades 1-6.
Students examine reading and writing practices, literacy assessment and language development. Upon successful completion of the master's degree program, students can earn a literacy specialist certification and teach children from birth to grade 6 or grades 5-12.
University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo is a 4-year, public school. Its Graduate School of Education's teacher training programs can prepare students for certification in 19 areas of specialization.
This program is designed for aspiring teachers who want to instruct bilingual students through grade 6. Students take classes in English as a second language, bilingual education fundamentals and language acquisition principles.
The Master of Education in English program emphasizes literature, grammar and writing instruction for secondary students in grades 5-12 or 7-12. Participants take classes in Shakespeare, composition and multicultural literature.
The mathematics program emphasizes reasoning and problem solving skills. Students must take 2-3 mathematics electives and three math education courses. Graduates are certified to teach secondary mathematics in grades 5-12 or 7-12.
Students take 12-15 credit hours of science education electives. In addition, students are trained to develop curriculum, teach exceptional students and integrate technology into the curriculum. Those who complete the program can teach biology to grades 5-12 or 7-12.
This is one of several graduate language education programs available to students who would like to teach grades 5-12. Students take classes in linguistics and adolescent literacy in addition to 12 credit hours of Latin.
Comparison of Schools
After comparing the program offerings at these two schools, aspiring teachers may want to learn more details about the schools in the table below, such as tuition charges, retention rates and enrollment statistics.