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Programs Preparing for
NYS Professional
Teaching Certification

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Are you an initially-certified teacher but need NYS professional certification? Check us out. We have many options for you!
Long-term teaching positions in New York State public schools require you to obtain professional certification. Have you considered pursuing this credential through a master’s degree that will allow you to also add some new specializations, to make you more effective with special student populations and more attractive to schools? Or, do you want to use this opportunity to get a jump start toward school leadership credentials, or to explore special interests?

All of these paths are available at Warner. You can also choose some online courses to significantly reduce your trips to campus, and take advantage of our scholarships to make the program affordable.
 
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Program Quickview

All of the programs described below are designed for individuals who already have NYS initial teaching certification and seek a state-approved master’s degree leading to NYS professional certification.

If you are interested in other teaching programs, check our Related Programs.
Prerequisites (as required by NYS):
  • Any NYS initial teaching certification.
  • If you are also pursuing certification in a new area, there may be additional content prerequisites.
  • Effective fall 2016, NYS requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and completion of the GRE or Miller Analogies Test.
  • Exceptions may be made; inquire with admissions.
Key Program Features:
  • Meets All Coursework Requirements for NYS Professional Teaching Certification: In addition, you will need to pass the required state exams and complete the three-year teaching requirement.
  • Many Options Available: To best meet your interests and career goals.
  • Flexible: Coursework can be completed in two years of part-time study while holding a teaching position, starting any semester, OR less than 16 months of full-time study if starting in summer. Programs that include student teaching may require full-time study for a semester.
  • Focus on Content-Specific Innovative Teaching: All options include at least four courses designed to help you improve your teaching practices.
  • Online Offerings: You have the option to choose fully online or hybrid-online courses to reduce trip to campus.
  • Opportunities to Add Specializations: With few additional credits, you can pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching & Leadership or an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching to strengthen your effectiveness with diverse learners and make you more marketable.

Warner Programs that Prepare for

NYS Professional Teaching Certification


Master’s Programs Preparing for Teaching Certification in A NEW AREA

If you complete any master’s degree program leading to a new NYS teaching certification, it will count as also meeting the coursework requirements for professional certification in your original area of specialization. As an already certified teacher, you can enroll in special “expedited” master’s programs to obtain NYS initial and professional certification in a new area, provided that you have the necessary content prerequisites.

Learn More About Programs Preparing for an Additional Teaching Certification
For more information about program requirements specific to your chosen new area of specialization, visit the program page describing how we prepare teachers in:
  • Inclusion/Special Education (prerequisites: early childhood/elementary - none; adolescence - 6 credits each in ELA, math, science and social studies)
  • Literacy/Reading (prerequisites: none)
  • TESOL (prerequisites: 12 credits in another language)
  • Early Childhood (prerequisites: none)
  • Elementary (prerequisites: none)
  • English Language Arts (prerequisites: 30 credits in English language arts)
  • Foreign Languages/Latin (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Latin) (prerequisites: 30 credits in the chosen language)
  • Mathematics (prerequisites: 30 credits in mathematics, including a two-course sequence in calculus)
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science) (prerequisites: 30 credits in science, including at least 18 in the science of specialization)
  • Social Studies (prerequisites: 30 credits in social studies, including at least 21 credits in history and geography of the United States and the world, and coursework that provides a background in economics and government)

Master’s Programs Focusing on Your Area of Specialization


NYS professional teaching certification in your current area can also be achieved through a state-approved master’s degree which focuses on improving your teaching practices within your current specialization. At Warner, we have many options for you to choose from, depending on your specific interests and whether you would like to concurrently pursue additional specializations, such as in urban education, digitally-rich teaching, leadership, inclusion, or teaching students in different grade levels. We also have a distance option for you to choose from. With the exception of the inclusion option, these master’s degrees require only 30 credits of coursework and no internships nor additional prerequisites.

SELECT YOUR CURRENT CERTIFICATION AREA to review program requirements for each option applicable to you:
Early Childhood
  • MS in Professional Study (PA2) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX2) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MS in Inclusion Early Childhood Education with NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Birth-Grade 2 (PA3) (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience.
Elementary / Childhood
  •  MS in Professional Study (PA1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX2) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MS in Inclusion Childhood Education with NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Grades 1-6 (PA4) (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience.
English Language Arts
ESOL
  • MS in Professional Study (PT1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives, besides the requirement to take our elementary methods courses in math, ELA, science and social studies; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX2) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MS in Inclusion Adolescence Education (PA6) (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students in grades 7-12 with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience; content prerequisites: 6 credits each in ELA, math, science, and social studies.
Foreign Languages
Latin
  • MS in Professional Study (PL1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX1) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MS in Inclusion Adolescence Education with NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Grades 7-12 (PA6) (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience; content prerequisites: 6 credits each in ELA, math, science, and social studies.
Mathematics
  • MS in Professional Study (PM1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX1) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MAT in Professional Study (PM2) (30 credits): Requires 12 credits of graduate content courses in mathematics, in addition to common requirements.
  • MS in Middle Childhood, with Extension to Teach in Grades 5-6 (PM5) (30 credits): Qualifies you to teach your subject in grades 5-6.
  • MS in Inclusion Adolescence Education with NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Grades 7-12 (PM6) (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience; content prerequisites: 6 credits each in ELA, math, science, and social studies.
Social Studies
  • MS in Professional Study (PH1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX1) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MAT in Professional Study (PH2) (30 credits): Requires 12 credits of graduate content courses in history, in addition to common requirements.
  • MS in Middle Childhood, with Extension to Teach in Grades 5-6 (PH5) (30 credits): Qualifies you to teach your subject in grades 5-6.
  • MS in Inclusion Adolescence Education with NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Grades 7-12 (PH6) (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience; content prerequisites: 6 credits each in ELA, math, science, and social studies.
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science)
  • MS in Professional Study: Biology (PB1); Chemistry (PK1); Physics (PP1); Earth Science (PZ1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX1) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MAT in Professional Study: Biology (PB2); Chemistry (PK2); Physics (PP2); Earth Science (PZ2) (30 credits): Requires 12 credits of graduate content courses in your certification area, in addition to common requirements.
  • MS in Middle Childhood, with Extension to Teach in Grades 5-6 (30 credits) - Qualifies you to teach your subject in grades 5-6: Biology (PB5); Chemistry (PK5); Physics (PP5); Earth Science (PZ5).
  • MS in Inclusion Adolescence Education with NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Grades 7-12 (35 credits): Prepares you to better serve students with diverse learning needs, and qualifies you to teach in inclusive classes; requires field experiences plus one student teaching experience; content prerequisites: 6 credits each in ELA, math, science, and social studies: Biology (PB6); Chemistry (PK6); Physics (PP6); Earth Science (PZ6)
Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • MS in Professional Study (PD1) (30 credits): Most flexible option, with 12 credits of electives, besides the requirement to take our elementary methods courses in math, ELA, science and social studies; electives can be chosen strategically to:
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership (no additional credits): To better serve students from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds in urban settings.
    • Also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching (3 additional credits): To learn to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
    • Shorten the path to future K-12 School Leadership Certifications: Take up to four of the seven required courses for SBL and SDL certification.
  • MS in Professional Study: Distance Option (PX2) (30 credits): Reduce trips to campus to less than half by choosing available online offerings for the 12 credits of electives and two required core courses.
  • MS in Teaching Students with Significant Inclusion Disabilities (PD5) (31 credits): Includes course sequence and field experiences required to obtain NYS Annotation for Teaching Students with Severe and/or Multiple Disabilities.

Our Approach

Preparing Teachers Who Can Inspire and Lead Change.

Warner’s teacher preparation programs will prepare you to stand out as an innovative teacher – a teacher who lives to inspire and loves to teach.

At Warner you will find cutting-edge curricula informed by research and best practices, faculty who are passionate and supportive, a shared commitment to social justice and inclusion, and the drive to make education “ever better.”
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Learn More About Warner's Approach to Teaching and Teacher Education
Our programs that prepare teachers for NYS professional certification have all been designed to support you in improving your teaching practices, as intended by New York State. But the real difference at Warner, given increasingly diverse classroom environments and a continued focus on inclusion of students of all abilities, is our capacity to teach you how today’s students learn and how you can create optimum learning environments for all. Warner helps tomorrow’s teachers move learning from memorization to critical thinking, from competition to community building, from “just getting over the finish line” to creating lifelong learners. That’s the Warner way.

It’s a movement focused on student-centered education with the goal of increasing intellectual engagement. It’s a commitment to developing “reform-minded” teachers who won’t settle for the status quo. It’s a goal of encouraging teachers to take responsibility for creating learning environments that are inviting for all students. It’s an ability to nurture and develop teachers who step up to be leaders by imparting ideas and a vision for where their students, the school, and the district can grow and contribute in meaningful ways. 

The Warner School delivers a big-picture view of what the classroom and the school should look like. It begins with approaching teaching as a profession, not a job – a commitment to inspiring all young men and women to grasp what they are learning, why they are learning, and why what they are learning matters to them personally and to the world.

On the Cutting Edge of the Classroom and Beyond
All of our teacher education programs are firmly grounded in proven research and sound theory. Warner faculty, in conducting research and supporting others, stay on the cutting edge of where learning is and where it’s heading. They help to provide candidates with in-depth knowledge of how people learn by focusing on how the world sees each student, and conversely, how each student sees the world. This ensures that Warner students have a keen understanding of where learning needs to go and the reasons why they will need to teach and engage students differently in the future.

Warner prepares students for teaching and the pursuit of educational endeavors beyond the classroom. We provide the theoretical foundation, the intellectual tools, and the practical experience to help graduates thrive in a wide variety of learning environments.

Passionate, Supportive Professors 
A major strength of the Warner School is our expert, diverse faculty. These are individuals who’ve been there, seen it, and done it. Each is an accomplished, well-respected educator, dedicated to changing the way teachers teach by researching learning, teaching, and curriculum in various educational contexts and applying what they learn in the classroom. Warner professors are passionate education professionals here to support you every step of the way. Close relationships with faculty are developed in the classroom, on research teams, through internship supervision, and beyond. Small class sizes ensure you work closely with your professors and your peers, getting the one-on-one instruction, advice, and advocacy you need to succeed.

A Strong Commitment to Social Justice
One of the fundamental pillars of a Warner School education is a commitment to social justice and a keen recognition of a teacher’s responsibility to address social inequities in the learning environment. Warner students become very aware of social and racial inequalities, as well as socioeconomic issues, that impact a student’s ability to learn. Warner students are taught to understand and be responsive to different learning needs, to adapt to diverse behaviors, and to be open to a wide spectrum of perspectives. As a result, they are driven to close the gap of social inequities and build a supportive, engaging learning environment.

Students with a Higher Calling
Warner graduates aspire to a higher calling. A quest to inspire a greater level of learning. A commitment to achieve the utmost success for all students. A strong professional vision for the future of learning, backed by wise and effective teaching practices. Practices they’ve lived themselves, putting theories to the test, and executing powerful lessons with students, rather than just reading and talking about them.

Warner graduates stand out, head and shoulders above their peers from other teaching institutions, well prepared for a future in teaching, and even better prepared for the future of learning. That’s the Warner difference.

The Warner Advantage

Preparing Graduates to Innovate, Advocate, and Elevate.

A Warner teacher preparation program will help you stand out from other teachers and prepare you to excel in your career.
  • Become a teacher who can create learning opportunities that are inviting and accessible for all students – engaging with cutting-edge research and educational innovations.
  • Be challenged to be an agent of change, who can effectively introduce new ideas and practices that will enhance students’ learning and address current inequities.
  • Leverage the reputation of a leading research university to strengthen recognition of your degree.
  • Network with the best and the brightest future colleagues.
  • Make yourself stand out when applying for teaching positions by pursuing additional specializations for a few additional credits.
  • Learn from an accessible, supportive faculty of researchers and accomplished practitioners who will prepare you to becomes adaptive experts in today’s K-12 schools.
  • Shorten your path to a doctoral degree by earning transferable credits. 
While rigorous, Warner’s teacher preparation programs are both flexible and affordable.
  • Benefit from a guaranteed 50% scholarship.
  • Take advantage of online learning options that help reduce trips to campus.
  • Choose your own pace by pursuing the program part time if teaching, or full time, and taking advantage of special summer offerings.

Career Opportunities

Advancing Education and Your Career to the Next Level.

Graduates from Warner teacher preparation programs preparing for NYS professional certification will have the credentials needed to teach in New York State (NYS) public schools and other states that recognize NYS teaching certification.

Many of our teacher graduates have moved on to leadership positions, becoming teacher leaders, department chairs, school principals, and even superintendents of schools.
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Faculty

An Accessible, Supportive Faculty of Researchers and Accomplished Practitioners.

Kevin Meuwissen, PhD
Teacher Education Program Director
LeChase Hall 466
(585) 273-5940
kmeuwissen@warner.rochester.edu

Other Program Directors

Jeff Choppin, PhD (Mathematics)
Lynn Gatto, PhD (Elementary)
Marium Abugasea-Heidt, PhD (ESOL: Foreign Languages)
Jayne Lammers, PhD (English)
April Luehmann, PhD (Science)
Kevin Meuwissen, PhD (Social Studies)
Martha Mock, PhD (Inclusion: Early Childhood)
Carol Anne St. George, PhD (Reading & Literacies)

Additional Program Area Faculty

Scholarships

Making Warner Affordable.

The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to eligible students who enroll in teacher preparation programs. These scholarships are made possible by federal grants as well as the generous support of donors, who are committed to the success of future teachers.

Byron Williams Teaching Scholarships – Guaranteed 50% Tuition Savings
All new students starting their master’s programs in teacher education leading to New York State teaching certification are guaranteed a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship, provided they commit to teach in a United States school for a minimum of two years after graduation.

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Try Us Out

Get a Taste of What Warner Has to Offer.

We invite you to visit one of our innovative instructional programs, including:
  • Horizons Summer Enrichment Program: A six-week, full-day summer program for K-8 urban students, taking place on the University of Rochester campus, that provides meaningful informal learning opportunities.
  • East High: This Rochester City School District secondary school is undergoing major transformation under the oversight of the University of Rochester as its educational partnership organization.
Take A Course! You can also experience Warner as a non-matriculated student for a highly discounted price.

Contact admissions to arrange for a visit or learn more about opportunities for non-matriculated students.
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Testimonials

Meliora means 'Ever Better.' To our graduates, it means making a world of difference.

  • Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

    “I had a very unique situation. I wasn’t going down the typical path of a Warner student, and the school was just so flexible and supportive.”

    Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

  • Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

    “As educators, it’s our job to make sure we’re giving students the knowledge to be successful when they move on in their life….Warner was the best grad school experience I’ve ever had because it prepared me extremely well to jump into my career, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

    Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

  • Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

    "The growth I’ve realized in myself is something I will be forever grateful for. I’ve learned to question, analyze, think and create in ways I never considered. I’ve changed as an educator and as a person."

    Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

  • Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

    "The most important thing I received there was the opportunity to be immersed in the study of education and leadership with very talented people, that think-tank mentality of being surrounded by the best of the best. The intellectual stimulation from both the staff and fellow classmates really did allow me to think about things differently."

    Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

  • Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

    “It was more than I expected. Not only what I learned in the program, which I’ve been able to put into practice every day since, but also the connections I was able to make and the relationships I was able to form."

    Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

  • Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

    “When it came time to interview for jobs, it was very easy for me to talk about anything in the field, and that set me apart,” he says. “You name it, and I had at least one experience in it—largely due to Warner.”

    Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

Contact Admissions

The admissions team looks forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School. Please feel free to use the form below to contact us with any questions. You can also email us at admissions@warner.rochester.edu or call (585) 275-3950.


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