Graduate Programs Leading to New York State Certification

Graduation and Certification Requirements

Before graduation, all students must complete an Application for Degree form in the Office of the Registrar. Students seeking certification must also fill out a Graduate Recommendation Release Form, also available in the Office of the Registrar, and online at in order for SUNY Fredonia to release academic and Social Security number information to the New York State Education Department.

Graduate students enrolled in one of the degree programs below are required to apply for their appropriate teacher certification online at It is the candidate's responsibility to apply for the appropriate New York State certificate.

Graduate students should check with the Office of Student Services for specific directions related to applying for teacher certification.

Upon a successful review of the graduation application, SUNY Fredonia will recommend candidates for the appropriate certification, also listed below. When the recommendation is for Permanent or Professional certification, the candidate will be recommended for Permanent/Professional certification in his/her area of provisional/initial certification.

Master's Degrees Offered


Certification Recommended

Master of Arts in Teaching Adolescence Science Education



Bilingual ITI



Master of Science in Education Curriculum and Instruction in Inclusive Education



Master of Arts in English 7-12



Master of Science in Education Literacy Education (Birth-6)


Initial/Professional ***

Master of Science in Education Literacy Education (5-12)


Initial/Professional ***

Master of Science in Education Mathematics 7-12



Master of Music in Music Education K-12



Advanced Certificate School Building Leadership



Advanced Certificate School District Leadership



Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Initial/Professional ****

Master of Science in Education TESOL


Initial/Professional ***

Advanced Certificate TESOL






Master of Science in Education Biology 7-12 (Discontinued program)



Master of Science in Education Adolescence Social Studies (Discontinued program)



Master of Science in Education English 7-12 (Discontinued program)



***After completing one of these degree programs in Literacy Education and TESOL, candidates may also be eligible to apply for Professional certification in her/his area of provisional/initial certification after appropriate teaching experience has been completed.

****Leads to certification for Teachers of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities K-12

Important Notification to All Certification Candidates

All programs and degree options in the College of Education lead to New York State Certification and are subject to the guidelines and mandates established by New York State. Additionally, all programs and degree options are held accountable to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. As such, any changes made by the New York State Board of Regents or the NCATE Unit Accreditation Board have the potential to impact the requirements of the program. Graduate programs are reviewed each semester to verify compliance with state certification and national accreditation requirements. Candidates should meet with their faculty advisors and attend any group advisement sessions that may be offered to secure up-to-date information on current programs and certification requirements.

Ongoing Assessment for All Certification Programs

Candidates in all certification programs are regularly monitored and evaluated throughout their programs via degree-specific Assessment Models. Each model includes a series of transition points that must be successfully passed through in order for a candidate to remain in good standing in the program. Specific requirements and deadlines, minimal satisfactory performance levels (including grade point average requirements), and remediation plans are detailed in these models. All candidates should obtain a copy of the appropriate Assessment Model from their academic advisors and become familiar with the requirements established therein.

Candidates in graduate programs leading to recommendations for professional certifications/teacher licensure have the following additional requirements:

  • Present performance-based evidence of impact on student learning through engagement in a Structured Field Experience – Structured Field Experiences can be part of required coursework. Courses in which this occurs will vary from program to program. Consult your program advisor for the appropriate means for completing this requirement.
  • Present performance-based evidence of technology use in being an effective teacher and professional colleague. Consult your program advisor for specific information on meeting this requirement.
  • Present performance-based evidence of cultural responsiveness as an educator.

Consult your program advisor for specific information on meeting this requirement.

Candidate Disposition for All Certification Programs

Candidates in professional education are expected to demonstrate a set of values and attitudes consistent with the highest professional standards. The values and attitudes must be demonstrated in concrete ways in their interactions with members of the faculty, school personnel, and P-12 pupils. Inappropriate behaviors may warrant remediation, probation, or dismissal from the program.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate the following Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) dispositions:

  1. Contribution to a positive climate on campus and in the field;
  2. Demonstrated mastery of written and spoken language for self-expression, as well as for learning purposes;
  3. Thoughtful and responsive listener;
  4. Commitment to reflection, assessment, and learning as an ongoing process;
  5. Willingness to give and receive help;
  6. Sensitivity to community and cultural norms of the college, school, and classroom;
  7. Appreciation and value for human diversity and respect for others varied talents and perspectives;
  8. Values the development of critical thinking, independent problem solving, and performance capabilities in him or herself and in pupils;
  9. Demonstrated commitment to keeping abreast of new ideas and understandings in the field of education; and
  10. Demonstrated level of responsibility appropriate for a professional.

Special Requirements for All Certification Programs

In light of the statutory requirements found in the Commissioner's Regulations subdivision 52.21(b), all candidates for New York State certification must complete required training in Child Abuse Detection and Reporting; Abduction Prevention; Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse Prevention; Fire Safety; and Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation. In the College of Education, candidates participate in a series of three 1 credit hour courses (EDU 301, EDU 302, EDU 303) to fulfill these New York State Requirements.

In addition, New York State legislation effective July 1, 2001, requires that all applicants for initial certification and all new school employees be cleared through FBI fingerprinting and criminal background check. The candidate incurs the costs for the fingerprinting and the background check. Current forms and regulations are available at

International Exchange Program

The College of Education provides opportunities for graduate degree candidates to study in the United Kingdom. Through cooperative efforts with the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England, students are afforded the opportunity to engage in a five-week international teaching practicum. This five-week internship (May-June) includes classroom experience in the United Kingdom, organized cultural excursions, and free travel time for individual development. Candidates earn 3 hours of graduate credit that can be used to meet the Social Foundations requirement in the Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree program or as an elective in programs with elective options (with advisors approval). As a result of reciprocal agreements between SUNY Fredonia and these British institutions, students from England and Wales visit the Fredonia campus and area schools at selected times each year. Students can also apply to student teach in Australia through a partnership with University of Sunshine Coast at Plymouth University in Exmouth, England, or Swansea Institute in Swansea, Wales.