Teacher Certification Information
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Applicants
If you are a certified teacher and hold an initial license, you will need to earn a master's degree to obtain professional certification. The MA/LS serves this purpose, provided that:
The MA/LS is a functionally relevant master's degree for professional teaching certification. When applying for professional license, MA/LS students must file for certificate progression via an "Individual Evaluation" pathway. If attempting to use course work included in the MA/LS for purposes of completing a first initial license (via alternate route filing with individual transcript evaluation), this pathway will cease to exist as of April 30, 2014. Thereafter, all first initial certifications must be completed through an institutionally-based teacher preparation program.
NOTE: Be advised that this is strictly a basic guide and information must be adjusted according to your history, education and experience as appropriate. For further information, visit NYSED at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/relatedmasters.html.
View our listing of professional certification content areas to see which SPD courses might be used for certification; however please note it is in the student's best interest to obtain approval for a given course from NYSED prior to course registration. Please note that CED 595 Project Seminar, may not to be used to meet the NYSED 12-credit content requirement for professional licensure.
Prior to applying to the MA/LS program, you should review the University's course offerings to ensure that they are relevant to your certification needs.
School of Professional Development
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s non-matriculating [non-degree] graduate students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.
School of Professional Development at Stony
Last modified on 03/31/2014.