A certificate extension allows the holder of a teaching certificate to teach an additional student population, grade, or subject.
Childhood Education majors must also have 30-credits in a subject area to be taught (i.e. Biology, English, etc.) to be eligible for the Middle School Extension. Students who take two additional courses, TCH 455 and TCH 456, and take and pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) in the subject area, are eligible for a certificate extension to teach that subject area in Grades 7-9. Doing so means that a Childhood Education candidate who completes the Combined Degree Program will be eligible for a minimum of 3 teaching certificates: the Initial Certificate, the Graduate Specialty Area Certificate, and the Middle School Extension Certificate—which makes the candidate much better prepared for success in the classroom, and more marketable as a teacher.
Childhood candidates are eligible to pursue the Certificate in Bilingual Education Extension. The candidate must take two additional education courses TCH 351 and TCH 453 and complete field-based experiences in bilingual classrooms. The candidate must also take and pass the New York State Bilingual Education Assessment.