A Note on Education Degrees

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulates certification of the teaching professions and other educational specialties. Empire State College degree programs may not contain concentration titles that include “education” or otherwise conflict with NYSED certified areas such as early childhood education and secondary education.

When “education” has a specific commonly understood meaning not in conflict with NYSED certification titles, it may be used in a concentration title.

Any student who develops a concentration in an acceptable area of education or indicates that they are interested in teaching within the degree program rationale will be required to sign the Undergraduate Teacher Certification Disclaimer (PDF  45kB).

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Education-related Concentration Titles Empire State College Cannot Offer

  • Art Education
  • Business and Distributive Education
  • Dance Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Health Education
  • Home Economics
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Reading
  • Recreational Education
  • School Administration and Supervision
  • School Business Administration
  • School Counseling
  • School District Administration
  • School Media Specialist
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Speech
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Technology Education