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Pathway to Teaching - Certifications

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree leading to:

Program Features

  • 18 months to completion, with credit for prior learning and
    life experience
  • Use of books included in cost of tuition
  • Meets 1 night a week
  • Offered on the main Roberts campus
  • Full-time status for purposes of financial aid
  • Personalized 1:1 academic advisement

Gain the knowledge and skills to teach students in your chosen concentration. Learn to teach the many types of learners found in today’s classrooms as you study the pertinent research on how pupils learn. Exercise your knowledge through practical field experience, simulations, and student teaching.

Initial Certification in Childhood 1-6/Students with Disabilities 1-6

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended by Roberts Wesleyan College to the NYS Education Department for Initial Certification in Childhood 1-6/Students with Disabilities 1-6. These teaching titles certify you as a childhood teacher grades 1-6 general education classrooms; as a special educator in an inclusive classroom, self-contained classroom, resource room; or as a building special educator or push-in/pull-out teacher in grades 1-6 classrooms.

Note: Students will not be certified until they have also met all other NYS requirements for certification, including fingerprinting clearance and all required NYS exams/assessments.

Initial Certification in Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended by Roberts Wesleyan College to the NYS Education Department for Initial Certification in Students with Disabilities in grades 7-12. This teaching title certifies the student as a 7-12 special educator in a self-contained classroom or resource room, as a building special educator, or as a push-in or pull-out classroom teacher.

Extension Option Available

Adolescence Education in a Content Area & Students with Disabilities (7-12) Generalist

Certification in a content area requires 30 credit hours in that content area (such as biology, chemistry, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish) in addition to all of the PTT pedagogy courses. You are also required to complete an additional 50 hours of fieldwork (a total of 150 hours of OPE) and pass the NYS Content Specialty Test (CST) in your chosen content area.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be recommended by Roberts Wesleyan College to the NYS Education Department for Initial Certification in Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist and Content Specialist 7-12. This teaching title certifies the student as an adolescent content teacher in a 7-12 classroom and as a special educator in a self-contained classroom, resource room, or as a building special educator or push-in or pull-out teacher in a 7-12 classroom.

Extension Option

Students may earn an additional extension to their base Students with Disabilities certificate by completing 18 or more credit hours in one or more of the subject areas below and passing the NYS Content Specialty Test (CST) in the content area of extension. The extension allows them to teach the content area to Students with Disabilities 7-12.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

Note: Students will not be certified until they have also met all other NYS requirements for certification, including fingerprinting clearance and all required NYS exams/assessments.

585.594.6145 or TEACHER_EDUCATION@roberts.edu