Coursework to Satisfy Unmet Requirements

Coursework falls into one of three categories

General Core (liberal arts and science) course work requirements
Content core (subject area) course work requirements
Pedagogical core (professional education) course work requirements

Steps for selecting an appropriate course

Step 1: Carefully read the requirement description for the requirements(s) that you were notified are deficient/unmet.
Step 2: Determine if the college at which you would like to take a course is a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution.
Step 3: For pedagogical coursework, determine if the college found in Step 2 has an approved educator preparation program.
Step 4: Find a course that meets the description of the requirement
Step 5: Submission of verification of completion of coursework

Resources
Educator preparation programs in New York
Union Sponsored Courses
Distance Learning
Exams to meet college coursework requirements
Community College Coursework
For Active Military and Veterans Only
College Credit for non-college courses 

Coursework to Satisfy Unmet Requirements
If you receive a Notice of Uncompleted Requirements or viewed it in your TEACH in “Correspondence” and have a requirement that is still deficient or unmet, there are numerous resources to help you determine if a course should be acceptable.

The Office of Teaching and the BOCES regional certification offices cannot approve coursework prior to the completion of a course. You must use the resources below to assist you in choosing the appropriate course to meet the deficient/unmet academic requirement. Do not submit requests for prior approval of course work as they will not be reviewed.

Coursework falls into one of three categories:

  • General Core (liberal arts and science) course work requirements.
    General core course work must be completed at a regionally accredited college. General core courses may be taken at a community college if they would count toward a degree in the subject of the course.

  • Content core (subject) course work requirements.   

Content core refers to coursework that instructs candidates in the specific subject matter of the certificate title sought (e.g., Mathematics, Biology, Spanish, etc.). It is the equivalent of a major in that subject area. Course work in the content core must be completed at a regionally accredited college offering a degree in the content area. You must receive a minimum grade of C (B- if graduate) for courses in the content core.  Undergraduate content courses count as core required courses (not elective) in a major in the subject.  Course content, rather than the name of the department through which a course is offered, determines the acceptability of a course to fulfill these requirements. Courses in the methods of teaching a subject are not acceptable as study in the content area. Courses that apply already learned content to another content or subject area are not acceptable

A few examples:

    • Geometry, algebra and calculus are examples of pure mathematics and would be acceptable; accounting and finance are applied mathematics and would not be acceptable. 
    • Analytical Chemistry, Botany, Igneous Geology, and Quantum physics are pure sciences and would be acceptable.  Chemical Engineering, Wildlife Management, Soil Management, Materials Physics, Environmental Science,  and Engineering are applied science courses and would not be acceptable.
    • Geophysics is physics applied to geology – it is acceptable as earth science, not physics; biochemistry is chemistry applied to biology – it is acceptable as biology, not chemistry.

If you need to complete coursework in your content area, view the Content Specialty Test frameworks as a guide to acceptable course content. You can find them on the NYSTCE website, in the “Prepare” section, under Test Frameworks. The Content Specialty Test is linked to the New York State Learning Standards, which reflect what is to be taught to PreK-12 students in each of their subjects. Information on the Learning Standards and curriculum resources can be found here: http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction

For Content Core or General Core courses, look for courses offered by the Department in question (Biology Department, English Department, etc).  To reduce the chances of taking an unacceptable course, make sure that the course you plan to take counts as a core required course toward a degree in the subject of the certificate you desire. Look for additional information in the requirement description.

Although courses that include how to teach (pedagogy) may include learning some content, such courses do not focus on the content and are therefore  not acceptable for content course work. Content linking pedagogy courses, which train a teacher how to teach their content area, are not acceptable for all classroom teaching certificates except for education technology specialist.

Examples of pedagogical courses that would be unacceptable as content core courses include: 

        • methods of teaching mathematics
        • chemistry curriculum development
        • social studies instructional techniques for teaching students with disabilities
        • resources for technology teachers
        • course design, technology and engineering for children  

NOTE:  Information regarding the content core requirement for Professional certification can be found here: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/relatedmasters.html

  • Pedagogical core (professional education) course work requirements.
    Pedagogical (professional education) coursework can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. However, such coursework must be completed at an institution of higher education that has state-approved educator preparation programs that lead to certification in the state where the institution is physically located. Undergraduate pedagogical coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C, and graduate coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of B-.
Steps for selecting an appropriate course

Step 1. 'Carefully read the requirement description for the requirements(s) that you were notified are deficient/unmet. If you are not familiar with how to see this information in TEACH go to how to find a requirement description word doc (580KB) for detailed instructions. 

You will see a detailed description of the requirement that you need to meet. The following ia an example of a requirement description for mathematics:

College Coursework
College coursework is study taken for college credit, completed at or transferred to a degree-granting institution of higher education approved by the New York State Commissioner of Education or a regional accrediting agency. Coursework must be offered for degree credit by the college, whether or not you obtain the degree.

Pedagogical (professional education) coursework can be completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. However, such coursework must be completed at an institution of higher education that has state-approved educator preparation programs that lead to certification in the state where the institution is physically located or a community college with an articulaton agreement with such an institution (contact your college).

Unacceptable coursework is that which is not credit-bearing or not applicable toward a degree. Examples of unacceptable coursework: professional development courses, continuing education courses, often measured in Continuing Education Units (CEUs), audited courses, and courses that have been waived or for advanced placement (such as high school courses) without credit toward a degree.
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Mathematical Processes

Acceptable courses are those typically ordered by a mathematics department and are considered core requirements toward a degree in mathematics. This includes courses in mathematical reasoning, quantitative methods, number theory and concepts, algebra, analytic geometry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics. Courses in computer science, accounting, finance, and studies in which mathematics is applied to solving problem (e.g. engineering) are not acceptable.

Use the requirement description to compare to college catalog descriptions.
When a requirement specifies a number of semester hours, this means that coursework shown on your transcript(s) must total at least the number of semester hours (S. H.) specified in the requirement. If the requirement does not specify semester hours, any college course that primarily focuses upon the competency and that results in college credit applicable toward a degree will satisfy the requirement.

Step 2. Determine if the college at which you would like to take a course is a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution.

The college offering course work must be a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution. To determine if a college is regionally accredited and to learn more about regional accreditation, refer to the U. S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs website located at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/External Link.

Step 3: For pedagogical coursework, determine if the college found in Step 2 has a state-approved educator preparation program.

  • Pedagogical (professional education) coursework can be completed on either the undergraduate or graduate level. However, such coursework must be completed at an institution of higher education that has state-approved educator preparation programs that lead to certification in the state where the institution is physically located. Undergraduate pedagogical coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of C, and graduate coursework must be completed with a minimum grade of B-.
Step 4: Find a course that meets the description of the requirement
  • To determine what sort of course work will satisfy a requirement:
    1. Check an undergraduate college catalog of a New York State college or university offering an undergraduate educator preparation program leading to the same certificate for which you have applied. You may also check colleges or universities outside New York; however a New York State college/university with an educator preparation program is more likely to have courses that meet NY requirements.
    2. Look for the general course-by-course description of the program, which is usually displayed as a list of courses with course number, title and number of credits.
    3. Once you find a course that may meet the requirements for your deficiency, compare the course description to the requirement description. If the information is a close match, then the course will likely be acceptable.
  • Not every college will offer a course that satisfies every requirement. You may need to search a number of college catalogs to find what you need. The more catalogs you consult the more likely it is that you will find courses that obviously meet the requirement.
  • Search for a course using an online search engine (for example, Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc).
  • Work with a reference librarian at your local library to help you construct effective online searches for college courses that will match the requirement description.
  • Do not expect a college official to make a decision for you.  They can make suggestions, but you must decide which course is acceptable.
  • Make sure that any course chosen conforms to the guidelines offered in the course requirement description and the rest of the guidance shared.
Professional Development Courses:
Courses offered for professional development (PD) or for continuing education are not acceptable for certification purposes. All college coursework must be part of or applicable toward a degree program; that is, the coursework must appear as degree credit on an official transcript.  This should be verified with the college before you enroll in any course. Some states allow colleges to add PD to an official transcript and do not distinguish between PD and course work applicable toward a degree. Be very careful if course work is offered at a discounted cost.  This may be an indicator that the course is designed for PD or salary advancement. If you have taken a course and are not certain it would be applicable toward a degree, please have the registrar complete the verification form available at this link: College coursework verification form MSWORD File (KB) .
   
Step 5: Submission of verification of completion of coursework

All documents submitted to the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) must include your name as it appears in your TEACH account and either the last four digits of your social security number or your date of birth. Information on how to submit documents can be found on the Submitting Documents webpage.

Resources

Educator preparation programs in New York: You may consult the Inventory of Registered Programs External Linkto determine which colleges offer appropriate educator preparation programs. Click on “Search for Programs Leading to Teacher Certification”, click search, then scroll to your certificate title and click submit. The colleges listed offer acceptable coursework in your specialized pedagogical area.

Union Sponsored Courses

The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) offers courses that may satisfy some of your requirements.

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) offers courses that may satisfy some of your requirements.

Distance Learning:

Some of the coursework requirements may be satisfied by correspondence courses and courses offered on the internet. For information, go to the Distance Learning webpage.

Exams to meet college coursework requirements

An alternative to taking formal course work would be to demonstrate your knowledge of a subject through obtaining an acceptable score on credit-bearing examinations offered by one of the following organizations:

If you take such exams, you must request a sealed, official score report that includes your full name, last 4 digits of your Social Security number and date of birth be sent to the Office of Teaching at: New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives, 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12234 or to the BOCES to which you applied to for certification.  If for any reason the exam providers are unable to include this information on the transcript, they may attach a cover letter in the sealed envelope.  Transcripts submitted without the requested identifying information will not be reviewed.  

Community College Coursework

  • Content and general core (liberal arts and science) courses may be taken at a community college if they would count toward a degree in the subject of the course.
  • Pedagogical Core (teacher education) courses completed at a New York State Community College will be accepted if the course can be transferred into an approved teacher certification program at an acceptable New York State four-year college.

We will also accept transcripts from the organizations below. You must request an official transcript in a sealed envelope that includes your full name, last 4 digits of your social security number and date of birth be sent to the Office of Teaching Initiatives. The organization must send the official transcript to the New York State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives, 89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12234 or to the BOCES to which you applied to for certification. If for any reason the organization is unable to include this information on the transcript, they may attach a cover letter in the sealed envelope.  Transcripts submitted without the requested identifying information will not be reviewed.  

Military Transcripts  

 

For information about getting military transcripts, visit: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

 

College Credit for non-college courses

  • The National College Credit Recommendation Service 
    http://www.nationalccrs.org/ External Link recognizes and grants credit for postsecondary learning undertaken in non-collegiate settings.Go to top

 


Last Updated: August 31, 2021