Some states (New York State, for example) require candidates for teacher certification* to have knowledge, understanding, and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, including artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences, humanities; a language other than English; scientific and mathematical processes; and written analysis and expression.
If you show strong potential to be an effective teacher, but your transcript shows you are missing General Education Core coursework in the liberal arts and sciences, you will be required to meet the deficient area before graduation from the program. Depending on circumstances and courses, administrators can help arrange this coursework within your program.
Course deficiencies, which are in addition to MAT requirements, may be fulfilled by enrolling in and completing college-level courses at any regionally accredited college or by completing approved College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.
*If you are interested in certification, it is your responsibility to research and ensure that you meet or will you're your state's certification requirements. If you have questions regarding a particular state requirements or application process, we recommend that you email or speak to a certification representative in that state.