Designed for individuals seeking to become a NY State certified teacher for the first time. Leads to certification in the following two areas: Childhood grades 1-6, and Students with Disabilities (special education) grades 1-6. Leads to both initial and professional certification.

Admission to the Program

The application process is managed by the Center for Graduate Studies. Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a recommended GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Statement of objectives
  3. Three letters of reference
  4. Resume

* Additionally, this program requires that candidates demonstrate that they have previously completed the following coursework and workshops; students may be admitted with conditions that they satisfy missing requirements within a specified timeframe prior to student teaching:

English ≥6 credits, including a writing course and Children’s Literature
Language Other than English ≥6 credits
Mathematics ≥6 credits, including a course in statistics (or probability/statistics) and Pre-Calculus (or above)
Social Studies ≥6 credits, including U.S. & World history
Science ≥6 credits, including physical and life science
Social & Cultural Perspectives ≥9 credits**
Childhood Development/Psychology ≥3 credits
Humanities ≥3 credits
Artistic expression ≥3 credits
Personal health ≥1 credit

**Examples of what meets the “Social and cultural perspectives” requirement can be found in Brockport’s undergraduate Inclusive Multidisciplinary Childhood Education program.

Contact department for specific advisement.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College’s standards for graduate study.

Initial Sequence Courses

  • Phase I
    • EDI 513: Intro to Special Education (3cr)
    • EDI 560: Childhood Development and Learning (3cr)
    • EDI 581: Instructional Technology (3cr)
  • Phase II
    • EDI 632: Graduate Childhood Foundations (3cr)
    • EDI 561: Childhood Inclusive Classroom Management (3cr)
    • PRO 534 EHD Childhood Field Experience I (1cr)*
    • EDI 542: Pedagogical Mathematics Knowledge II (3cr)
  • Phase III
    • EDI 514: Field-Based Special Education Methods (3cr)
    • EDI 523: Diverse Learner Social Studies (3cr)
    • EDI 671: Supporting English Language and Multilingual Learners in the Classroom (3cr)
    • PRO 535: EHD Childhood Field Experience II (1cr)*
    • EDI 735: Emergent Language & Literacy (3cr)
  • Phase IV
    • EDI 524: Diverse Learner Mathematics (3cr)
    • EDI 525: Diverse Learner Science (3cr)
    • EDI 519: Assessment in Special Education (3cr)
    • PRO 536 EHD Childhood Field Experience III (1cr)*
    • EDI 518: Language, Literacy, and the Learner (3cr)
  • Phase V
    • PRO 737: Practicum (6cr)**
    • EDI 763: Student Teaching Seminar (3cr)

Minimum Total Credits: 54

*Includes Field Experience
**Full time Student Teaching

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): Students are also required to complete DASA training for program completion.


Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office for comprehensive information regarding NYSED certification requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Content knowledge: Students will be able to understand the central concepts of their discipline.
  • Pedagogical content knowledge: Students will be able to develop instructional plans and strategies, and connect them with content knowledge to enhance learning opportunities for P-12 students.
  • Professional knowledge and skills: Students will be able to understand the learning needs of all students, and utilize their professional knowledge and skills, including the implementation of assessments and technology, to create effective learning experiences.
  • Reflective skills: Students will be able to continuously evaluate the impact of their work with students, reflecting on their success as teachers and addressing their needs for continuing professional improvement.
  • Professional dispositions: Students will practice professional ethics, including dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, self-awareness, and professionalism.
  • Positive impact on P-12 learning: Students will be able to produce evidence that they engage students in meaningful activity that promotes the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.