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Teaching Certification

Le Moyne’s Education Department administers New York State-approved programs for initial certification in:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL (Grades K-12);
  • Dual Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6);
  • Middle Level Education (Grades 5-9);
  • Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12); and
  • Dual Adolescent and Special Education (Inclusive Education for Grades 7-12).

Matriculated undergraduate students seeking teacher certification must also major in one of the subjects listed in their specific certification area. Please refer to the Department of Education’s website to review these major options.

Important Education Requirements to Remember

Applying to the Program: Students must formally declare education as part of their degree program by the end of sophomore year in order to complete the program in a timely manner. In order to declare a teaching certification concentration, students must complete the Le Moyne College Teacher Preparation Program – Request for Enrollment form, available in the Education Department.

Practicum: Le Moyne students are required to complete field observations/practicum as a component of the program. Students must complete 100 hours of fieldwork in urban, rural and suburban settings as part of the New York State teacher certification regulations. The goal of practicum is to serve as a bridge between the theory and practice taught in courses and the real-life setting of the public and private school classroom. Le Moyne’s Field Placement Coordinator will arrange all practicum placements.

Student Teaching: Students are required to student teach for one full semester. No other courses may be taken during student teaching. Our Field Placement Coordinator will also arrange all student teaching assignments. A Le Moyne College supervisor will be assigned to observe the student teacher weekly.

Students listed as pursuing teaching certification should visit the Education Department periodically in Reilly Hall 101 for advisement assistance. Students are not formally assigned an education advisor in addition to the advisor in their major. However, they are responsible for understanding and meeting their program’s requirements.

For more information on education requirements, refer to the College Catalog or visit the Department of Education’s website.