About this Pathway 5

This pathway is an alternative route to certification designed for candidates with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree who are not employed in education and who are seeking initial certification with a subject matter specialization. These candidates also seek to be employed while completing their teacher preparation program. This pathway leads to a Transitional B (for candidates with a Bachelor’s degree) or Transitional C (for candidates with a Master’s degree) certificate while enrolled in a teacher preparation program. Candidates then obtain initial certification once he or she matriculates from the teacher preparation program.



To get a teaching certificate in this pathway, you need:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (minimum 3.0 GPA) with a major in an interdisciplinary field or a subject, OR
    • 18 semester hours in the subject you plan to teach with 12 semester hours in a related subject
  2. Workshops
    a. Dignity For All Students Act (DASA) Workshop
    b. Child Abuse Identification Workshop
    c. School Violence Intervention and Prevention Workshop
  3. Fingerprint clearance


  • Enroll in an approved alternative teacher preparation program in New York State
  • Complete the requirements for eligibility for a Transitional B (candidates with a Bachelor’s degree) or Transitional C certificate (candidate’s with a Master’s degree)
  • Apply for a Transitional B or Transitional C certificate
  • Work in a Rochester school while completing the teacher preparation program
  • Complete the program for initial certification

This pathway ends with the candidate completing all coursework requirements for an initial teaching certification. Once the candidate completes the other New York State certification requirements, a candidate earns his or her initial teaching certification.

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