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Advanced Certificate in Middle Childhood Specialist (English; for current teachers w/ Master degree) (NE1)

(as of 08/21/2013)(This program is no longer used for new students or graduates.)

The core program leads a NYS Certification in Teaching in Middle Childhood Education (grades 5-9), specialist in English (initial + professional).

Course requirements

This program includes a total of 11-20 credits. When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed NE1 Program of Study Form.

Specialization Courses   
EDU431 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning English
EDU443 Implementing Innovation in English Education
ED409 Language and Literacy in Education
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)

EDF410E Field Experiences in Middle Childhood (English)
or EDF411E Field Experiences in Inclusive Middle Childhood Settings (English)


1. If EDU427 is chosen, the pre-requisite EDU498 -- Literacy Learning as Social Practice will also need to be taken or transferred in.

2. ED415 will be waived for anyone who has taken a course in adolescent development in their previous teacher preparation program.

3. Any of the other courses and internships listed above may be waived if an equivalent course/internship was already taken in a prior program (with advisor, chair, and Associate Dean's approval).

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • MS degree
  • Initial Teaching Certification in any specializaion
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • NYS-approved Workshop on School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • Finger-print Supported Background Check (to be completed and submitted directly to NYS at the beginning of the program)
  • NYS Exam - Educating all Students (EAS)
  • NYS Exam - Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)
  • Content Prerequisite 30 credits of coursework in English Language Arts (attach a completed Admissions Transcript Review Form or fill in the table below)