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Degree and Certification


When you successfully complete the program, you will have earned:

  • A Master of Science degree
  • Initial Certification from New York State to teach in an academic subject area at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Subject areas include biology, chemistry, earth science, English, math, physics, social studies or American Sign Language
  • Initial certification from New York State in education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, grades K-12
  • Initial certification from Council on Education of the Deaf

Course Descriptions

Note: To be eligible for initial certification, you are required to take and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). There are four tests:

  1. Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  2. Educating All Students (EAS)
  3. Content Specialty Test (CST), Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  4. Content Specialty Test (CST), in the academic subject area for which you wish to become certified to teach.
  5. edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)


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