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Teacher Education Transfer Information


  • Students should start to research four-year colleges during their first semester at GCC. Program requirements vary from college to college, and between types of certification: Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2), Childhood Education (1-6), Middle Childhood Education (5-9), Adolescent Education (7-12), Dual Certification, Art Education (K-12), Music Education (K-12), Physical Education (K-12), and Technology Education (K-12).

  • All four-year colleges require at least a 2.5 GPA for acceptance into the certification program, but the average at most colleges is 3.0.

  • Application deadlines vary from college to college but some are as early as mid-October for the following fall semester (SUNY Brockport). Some colleges also require supplemental applications, (SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo) which have deadlines, and are available on their web sites.

  • Dual certification (childhood and special education) will usually require at least an additional year at the four-year college. Some single certification programs may also require additional semesters, depending upon the particular college and concentration.

  • Most education programs require a major (36 hours) or a concentration (30 hours). Students should research this early on in their education at GCC and plan to take at least 9-12 credit hours towards it (ie. English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Languages). SUNY colleges require that 18 credit hours of the concentration/major must be upper division courses.

  • Teacher certification requires the NYSED mandates: SAVE (Violence Prevention) Education, Child Abuse Detection Education. These are included in HED 204 (effective Spring 2003), which is the recommended Physical Education/Health Education course for all four-year colleges.

  • A Foreign Language requirement exists for all teacher certification areas. The state certification process requires two semesters, or the equivalent, of a foreign language, or two semesters of sign language.