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Colgate offers a tuition-free 9th semester option to complete all teacher certification requirements


Adolescence/Secondary Certification Program

If you’re interested in teaching students at the 7-12 grade level, we can help you earn the necessary certification, while also providing you with a liberal arts foundation that opens endless additional opportunities.

About the Program

Completing teaching certification at the secondary level requires a strong content area knowledge in one of the following areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history, math, or physics. It is also advised that you apply for a formal minor within the Educational Studies department. 

To become certified as a secondary school teacher, you must pursue a major with specific course requirements in the subject you plan to teach. You will work closely with your educational studies adviser to plan a program of study that meets the certification guidelines for your chosen discipline.

You should begin the certification program as early as possible with a suggested application date of November 1 of your sophomore year. If you plan on completing your degree and the certification in 4 years, you must reserve the fall term of your senior year for the professional student teaching semester than includes evening coursework as well as an extensive field placement.

We also offer a childhood/elementary teaching certification program, as well as a master of arts in teaching (MAT) program.

Course Requirements

Education as a Social Institution
  • EDUC 101, The American School
  • One course on social and cultural diversity in schooling, teaching, and learning from EDUC 303, 305, 308, 310, 311, 312, or 418 OR EQUIVALENT
The Nature of Childhood/Adolescent Education and Development
  • EDUC 202, The Teaching of Reading
  • EDUC 204, Child and Adolescent Development
  • EDUC 207, Inclusive and Special Education 
  • EDUC 331, Teaching and Learning in the Schools
  • EDUC 419, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
  • EDUC 455, Student Teaching
Seminar on Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC 453, Science/Mathematics, or EDUC 451, English/Social Studies
  • EDUC 456, Dignity in Schools
Other Requirements
  • Fieldwork – 100 hours
  • Child abuse workshop (two hours of training in the identification of suspected child abuse/maltreatment)
  • Violence intervention and prevention workshop
  • Fingerprinting