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Liberal Arts & Sciences Requirements for Certification

If you are applying to a program that leads to an initial New York State Teaching Certification, you will need to have fulfilled the following depth and breadth requirements in order to be eligible for Certification.  When applying to Bank Street, we will review your undergraduate transcript to make sure you have fulfilled the prerequisites.  If any prerequisites are missing, you will have one year after you enter Bank Street to fulfill the requirements by taking certain Bank Street courses, or courses at another accredited institution.  Coursework is eligible to count towards these requirements if it was taken for course credit at a regionally accredited institution and the student received a grade of at least a C or completed at Bank Street with at least a B. If you're sending in certain College Board test scores (like the SAT, AP, or CLEP), our code is 8028.

Fulfilling Breadth Requirements in the Liberal Arts & Sciences

  1. One course in Artistic Expression: studio art, theater, acting, art history, music history, music theory, drama, dance 
  2. One course in Health and Physical Education: health, nutrition, physical education, dance
  3. One course in the Social Sciences: history, political science, sociology, geography, psychology, anthropology economics
  4. One course in the Humanities: literature, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, art history, music history, religion
  5. One Foreign Language course: American Sign Language is also an acceptable option
  6. One course in Science: In biology, this includes courses in cell biology and biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, genetics and evolution, biological diversity, human biology, and zoology. Courses in nutrition are acceptable only if they are in cell nutrition. In chemistry, this includes courses in matter and atomic structure, energy, chemical bonds and molecular structure, chemical reactions, and quantitative relationships. Courses in geochemistry are generally applied science courses, so they are not acceptable. In earth science, this includes courses in space systems, atmospheric systems, geological systems, and water systems. Applied science courses, such as environmental science, conservation and wildlife management, and agriculture are not acceptable. In physics, this includes courses in mechanics and heat, electricity and magnetism, waves, sounds and light, and quantum theory and the atom. Applied science courses such as study in engineering are not acceptable.
  7. One course in Mathematics: This includes courses in mathematical reasoning, quantitative methods, number theory and concepts, algebra, analytic geometry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics. Courses in computer science, accounting, finance, and studies in which mathematics is applied to solving problems (e.g. engineering or architecture) are not acceptable.
  8. One course in Written Analysis: literature course, philosophy course or any other course the requires extensive written analysis or composition

Applicants applying to the Teaching Students with Disabilities Generalist Program (Grades 7-12) will need six semester hours of study in science, social studies, English language arts, and mathematics.

Fulfilling Depth Requirements in the Liberal Arts & Sciences

The depth requirement is fulfilled by taking 30 credits in one liberal arts major or concentration.  We have provided clarification below of what is and is not considered an area of the liberal arts and sciences.

 Courses that are generally considered to fall within the liberal arts:

  • Anthropology, cultural studies, economics, geography, government, history, political science, psychology, sociology
  • Criminal justice—introductory and broad survey courses
  • Communications—interpersonal communication, mass communication, public speaking, speech and rhetoric
  • English—composition, creative writing, history of language, journalism, linguistics, literature, literature in translation, playwriting
  • Fine arts—art appreciation, history or theory
  • Foreign languages—composition, conversation, grammar, history of the language, literature of the language, reading, translation studies
  • Music—music appreciation, history or theory
  • Philosophy—comparative philosophy, history of philosophy, logic, schools of philosophy
  • Religion—comparative religion, history of religion
  • Theater—dramatic interpretation, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, history of drama, playwriting

Courses that are generally not considered to fall within the liberal arts:

  • Agriculture
  • Business—administration, finance, human resources, management, marketing, production
  • Computer applications (e.g., word processing, database, spreadsheet), programming (e.g., specific languages) 
  • Health and physical education 
  • Home economics 
  • Education and teaching methods 
  • Library science 
  • Music—studio, performance, practice courses—voice, instrument, direction, conducting 
  • Office technologies and practice 
  • Performing and related arts—acting, costume design, dance, direction, lighting, production, scene construction, sound production 
  • Specialized professional courses in such fields as accounting, architecture, dental hygiene, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, podiatry, veterinary medicine 
  • Studio art—drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture 
  • Technology/technician fields—construction, data processing, electrical, electronics, graphic arts, mechanical, medical, refrigeration repair 
  • Television and radio production 
  • Theology—pastoral counseling, ministry

 If you are missing any of the prerequities, learn how you can fulfill them here.