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Mandatory Professional Licensure Disclosure

New York State prides itself in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals.  For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate has requirements that individuals must meet in order to be licensed or certified in New York State.  SUNY’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed these State requirements. This is a role SUNY plays in protecting the public.  Other states frequently have their own requirements, so if your goal is to practice in another state, this disclosure will help you check to see what that state requires.

Per U.S. Federal Regulations, §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, SUNY Potsdam provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification.[1]

This Disclosure is strictly limited to SUNY Potsdam’s determination of whether the teacher education educational programs listed below, that if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure or certification requirements in a State for teacher education.[2] SUNY Potsdam cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming.  Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact-specific determinations.

Teacher education programs to which this Disclosure applies:

  • BA in Childhood/Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2 and Grades 1-6)
  • BA in Adolescence Education Biology (Grades 7-12)
  • BA in Adolescence Education Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • BA in Adolescence Education Earth Science (Grades 7-12)
  • BA in Adolescence Education English (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA in Adolescence Education Mathematics (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA in Adolescence Education Social Studies (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA in Adolescence Education Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • BM in Music Education (K-12)
  • BS in Computer Science (K-12)
  • MST in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • MST in Adolescence Education Biology (Grades 7-12)
  • MST in Adolescence Education Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • MST in Adolescence Education Earth Science (Grades 7-12)
  • MST in Adolescence Education English (Grades 7-12)
  • MST in Adolescence Education Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
  • MST in Adolescence Education Social Studies (Grades 7-12)
  • MST in Adolescence Education Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • BA/MST Option A in Adolescence Education Biology (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA/MST Option A in Adolescence Education Chemistry (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA/MST Option A in Adolescence Education Earth Science (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA/MST Option A in Adolescence Education Physics (Grades 7-12 w/ 5-6 ext.)
  • BA/MST Option B in Adolescence Education Biology (Grades 7-12)
  • BA/MST Option B in Adolescence Education Chemistry (Grades 7-12)
  • BA/MST Option B in Adolescence Education Earth Science (Grades 7-12)
  • BA/MST Option B in Adolescence Education Physics (Grades 7-12)
  • MM in Music Education (K-12)
  • MSE in Literacy (Grades Birth to 6)
  • MSE in Literacy (Grades 5 -12)
  • MSE in Special Education (Birth – Grade 2)
  • MSE in Special Education (Grades 1 to 6)
  • MSE in Special Education (Grades 7-12)
  • MSE in Curriculum and Instruction
  • MSE in Educational Technology Specialist (K-12)

This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny your application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect your application for licensure and occur after this disclosure has been made. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.

SUNY Potsdam has designed educational program curricula for the teacher education programs listed above that, if successfully completed, are sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for their relevant teacher education specialty in the following states[3]:

State NYS Education Department – Teacher Certification Contact
New York http://www.nysed.gov/content/teacher-certification


SUNY Potsdam has designed educational program curricula for the teacher education programs listed above, and currently has made no determination that any of these curricula are insufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for their relevant teacher education specialty in any of the 50 states and territories.

After making all reasonable efforts, SUNY Potsdam cannot determine whether the educational program curricula for any of the teacher education programs listed above, that if successfully completed, are sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for their relevant teacher education specialty in the following states[4]:

State NYS Education Department – Teacher Certification Contact
Alabama https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/alabama/
Alaska https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/alaska/
American Samoa https://www.ets.org/praxis/am_samoa
Arizona https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/arizona/
Arkansas https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/arkansas/
California https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/california/
Colorado https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/colorado/
Connecticut https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/connecticut/
Delaware https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/delaware/
District of Columbia https://osse.dc.gov/page/teacher-certification
Florida https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/florida/
Georgia https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/georgia/
Guam https://www.ets.org/praxis/gu
Hawaii https://hawaiiteacherstandardsboard.org/
Idaho https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/idaho/
Illinois https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/illinois/
Indiana https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/indiana/
Iowa https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/iowa/
Kansas https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/kansas/
Kentucky https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/kentucky/
Louisiana https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/louisiana/
Maine https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/maine/
Maryland https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/maryland/
Massachusetts https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/massachusetts/
Michigan https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/michigan/
Minnesota https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/minnesota/
Mississippi https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/mississippi/
Missouri https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/missouri/
Montana https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/montana/
Nebraska https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/nebraska/
Nevada https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/nevada/
New Hampshire https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/new-hampshire/
New Jersey https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/new-jersey/
New Mexico https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/new-mexico/
North Carolina https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/north-carolina/
North Dakota https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/north-dakota/
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/non-public-education/regulation-map/northernmarianaislands.html
Ohio https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/ohio/
Oklahoma https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/oklahoma/
Oregon https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/oregon/
Pennsylvania https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/pennsylvania/
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/non-public-education/regulation-map/puertorico.html
Rhode Island https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/rhode-island/
South Carolina https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/south-carolina/
Tennessee https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/tennessee/
Texas https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/texas/
Utah https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/utah/
Vermont https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/vermont/
Virginia https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/virginia/
Virgin Islands https://www.myviboe.com/certifications
Washington https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/washington/
West Virginia https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/west-virginia/
Wisconsin https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/wisconsin/
Wyoming https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/certification/wyoming/


[1] The terms related to teacher education, including licensure and certification, among others, vary by state and your state may use different terms.

[2] This determination is based on the educational and curricular requirements of each state for licensure (i.e., excluding any special, temporary licensure that may be granted) and does not imply that other requirements for licensure do not exist or have been determined to have been met by this program or that any necessary approvals for clinical placements have been secured at the time of enrollment. Each student should verify their particular situation with their intended state’s licensing entity. 

[3] If the State does not regulate/license teacher education, SUNY Potsdam’s program has been determined to be sufficient for these purposes.

[4] This does not mean the educational program will not ultimately be approved by the state entity, or that licensure could not result from attending this program.