Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
The STEM pathway is an expedited pathway for college professors with advanced degrees in Science, and Mathematics to become certified as secondary classroom teachers in New York.
The STEM pathway requires that the candidate hold an appropriate graduate degree with a graduate major in the subject of the teaching certificate sought in science or math. Individuals who wish to gain mathematics certificate for example, must have a graduate degree in mathematics; a professor who wishes to teach high school physics under a NYS physics certificate must have a graduate degree in physics; to teach biology, a college professor would need an advanced degree in biology and so on. Degrees in engineering, computer science, and other fields not focused exclusively on the subject taught in high school and reflecting the title of the certificate would not be acceptable. Currently there are no STEM certificates in technology education.
The candidate must also have two years of satisfactory experience teaching the subject of the certificate in a post-secondary institution as a professor, assistant professor, associate professor or adjunct professor. Experience as a teaching assistant or graduate assistant, or in any capacity other than as a professor is not acceptable A professor much teach at least one course for three semesters per year for two years. The chairperson of the department must verify that the experience was satisfactory.
Transitional G certificate
The Transitional G certificate will allow an individual to teach math or one of the sciences at the secondary level without completing additional pedagogical study for two years. After two years of successful teaching experience with the district on a Transitional G certificate the teacher would be eligible for the initial certificate in that subject area.
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