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


Childhood/Elementary Teaching Certification Program

If you’re interested in teaching at an elementary 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

The elementary certification program is currently offered at the undergraduate level only. The program leads to certification in grades 1–6. It typically combines a major in an academic field with courses in educational theory and practice. 

Students should begin the certification program as early as possible and must formally apply to the program. Students who would like to complete all requirements in their 4 years at Colgate must reserve the fall term of their senior year for student teaching and evening coursework.

We also offer an adolescence/secondary teaching certification program, as well as a master of arts in teaching (MAT) program.

Course Requirements

  • EDUC 101, The American School
  • One course from EDUC 305, 308, 310, 311, 312, or 418 OR EQUIVALENT
  • 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 School

Professional Semester 

  • EDUC 419, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Problems
  • EDUC 451, Seminar on Teaching English and Social Studies
  • EDUC 453, Seminar on Teaching Science and Mathematics
  • EDUC 455, Student Teaching
  • EDUC 456, Dignity in Schools (.25 credit)
  • One laboratory science course in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or astronomy
  • One American history course
  • One computer literacy course from COSC 100, EDUC 225, MATH 102/CORE 143, or PSYC 309
  • One mathematics course

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