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Early Childhood, Childhood, Middle Childhood Generalist

NYSED Content Areas: Any Arts and Sciences content courses relevant to the common core standards in English, Mathematics, the Sciences and Social Studies may be used to fulfill the 12-credit requirement.

Arts and Sciences Courses

Early and Middle Childhood teachers cover all curricula in a self-contained classroom, therefore all arts and sciences courses are valid. Stony Brook University has found that the courses listed in these categories have met NYSED requirements in the past; however, this DOES NOT GUARANTEE that these courses will continue to meet requirements in the future. When in doubt, please check with NYSED prior to registration for any course to determine its acceptability.

Click on a heading below to see full list of courses for each area.

New York State Education Department Contact Information

Office of Teaching Initiatives
NYS Education Department (NYSED)
Albany, NY 12234
Telephone: 518.474.3901

The information contained on this page was valid as of 8/14/2014.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses. Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements. For further information, visit NYSED at