FAQs

Q: Do I need to hold teaching certification to enter the program?

A: You can be accepted provisionally without certification, but you will be unable to register for the capstone experience (LIT 690) until you have proof of certification.

Q: Do you require a college entrance exam?

A: New York state requires all SUNY teacher preparation programs to adopt college entrance assessments for admissions consideration. Applicants are required to submit scores for one of the following:

- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 280;
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score of 400;
- edTPA with a passing score as set by New York state; or
- the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators with a minimum score of 450.

Q: Can I pursue the master’s degree and earn only one certification in a shorter amount of time?

A: Our program was redesigned in 2018 to provide two certifications in an efficient and effective way, making our graduates even more marketable in the teaching profession. The program is no longer intended to be split into individual certifications. However, only one New York state test is required to earn both certificates. 

Q: How long will it take me to finish this program?

A: Studying full time, you can complete the entire program in one calendar year (fall, spring, summer A, summer B). All classes are taught in the evenings, so you can continue to work while completing the degree program.

Q: When should I contact my advisor?

A: Contact your advisor the moment you receive your acceptance letter. Not every course is available every semester, so we encourage registration as soon as possible.

Q: Do I have to study full time?

A: The program is designed to support both part-time and full-time students.