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The SUNY Teacher Education Transfer Template (TETT) is a State University of New York System articulation project designed to facilitate transfer between participating SUNY Associate Degree-Granting Institutions (ADGIs) and those SUNY baccalaureate campuses with teacher education programs, consistent with the Chancellor's initiative, A New Vision in Teacher Education (http://www.sysadm.suny.edu/provost/teachered.htm). The goal is both to eliminate course incompatibilities that can hinder student progress and to simplify advisement at all campuses involved in teacher education. The TETT project calls for a model AA or AS curriculum consisting of three components for students aspiring to earn bachelor degrees with recommendation for NYS teacher certification in Childhood or Early Childhood Education or in Adolescence Education:

  • General Education Core: complete SUNY-GER plus an additional three credits of Foreign Language (33 credit hours);
  • Major or Concentration: at present the TETT project web site covers coursework in seven majors/concentrations - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Physics (12-18 credit hours); and
  • Pedagogical Core: one Psychology course (Child or Adolescent) and Foundations of Education (6 credit hours).


When a SUNY ADGI student completes these three components within a particular sequence of coursework, s/he is assured that the represented coursework will transfer to one of the SUNY designated campuses offering baccalaureate teacher education programs. The TETT project is a SUNY System articulation initiative and therefore assures that a transferring student’s coursework is accepted in whole if the student meets the criteria for admission to a parallel program at a participating SUNY baccalaureate campus. The TETT project does not guarantee admission to a particular teacher education baccalaureate program or institution. Information pertaining to the admission requirements for participating senior college programs is provided as part of the guidance on the TETT web site, http://www.suny.edu/EducationTransfer. Students are also advised to visit the web pages of teacher education campuses of interest, accessible from this site.

The six Teacher Education degree programs offered by Nassau Community College are detailed below. Students matriculated in any of these programs are reminded that specific courses should be selected in close consultation with an advisor and based on the requirements of the students target baccalaureate institution.

For further information, contact the Teacher Education Coordinator, Professor Diane Martin at 516.572.7458.

Programs of Study

Early Childhood Education A.A.
Description: This program is designed to support and encourage progress toward a baccalaureate degree and NYS teacher certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Transfer (Liberal Arts and Sciences) degree is specifically for students interested in teaching grade levels Birth through Second Grade (Birth-2).

This course of study provides students with a balance of coursework between completing Education classes, General Education requirements, and pursuing courses within the students' selected academic major. Students can major/concentrate in English, History or Special Education

Early Childhood Education A.S.
Description: This program is designed to support and encourage progress toward a baccalaureate degree and NYS teacher certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Transfer (Liberal Arts and Sciences) degree is specifically for students interested in teaching grade levels Birth through Second Grade (Birth -2nd ).

This course of study provides students with a balance of coursework between completing Education classes, General Education requirements, and pursuing courses within the students' selected academic major. Students can major/concentrate in General Science, Mathematics or Special Education.

Childhood Education A.A.
Description: This program is designed to support and encourage progress toward a baccalaureate degree and NYS teacher certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. Childhood Education, Teacher Education Transfer (Liberal Arts and Sciences) degree is specifically for students interested in teaching grade levels First  through Sixth Grade (1st -6th).

This course of study provides students with a balance of coursework between completing Education classes, General Education requirements, and pursuing courses within the students' selected academic major.
Students can major/concentrate in English, History or Special Education.

Childhood Education A.S.
Description: This program is designed to support and encourage progress toward a baccalaureate degree and NYS teacher certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. Childhood Education, Teacher Education Transfer (Te Liberal Arts and Sciences) degree is specifically for students interested in teaching grade levels First through Sixth Grade (1st -6th).

This course of study provides students with a balance of coursework between completing Education classes, General Education requirements, and pursuing courses within the students' selected academic major. Students can major/concentrate in General Science, Mathematics or Special Education.

Adolescence Education A.A.
Description: This program is designed to support and encourage progress toward a baccalaureate degree and NYS teacher certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. Adolescence Education, Teacher Education Transfer (The Liberal Arts and Sciences) degree is specifically for students interested in teaching grade levels Seventh through Twelfth Grade (7-12).

This course of study provides students with a balance of coursework between completing Education classes, General Education requirements, and pursuing courses within the students' selected academic major. Students can major in English, Social Studies, or Special Education.

Adolescence Education A.S.
Description: This program is designed to support and encourage progress toward a baccalaureate degree and NYS teacher certification for students interested in pursuing teaching as a career. Adolescence Education, Teacher Education Transfer (Liberal Arts and Sciences) degree is specifically for students interested in teaching grade levels Seventh through Twelfth Grade (7th -12th).

This course of study also provides students with a balance of coursework between completing Education classes, General Education requirements, and pursuing courses within the students' selected academic major. Students can major/concentrate in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics or Special Education.

Teaching Assistant Certificate
Description: This program is designed to meet the training levels for New York State Teaching Assistant Licensure and Certification. The Teaching Assistant Certificate provides an opportunity for individuals interested in education to begin their higher education in a gradual and supportive manner. Teaching Assistants provide direct instructional services to students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. All courses are applicable to the Teacher Education Transfer Associate degrees and provide a smooth transition to baccalaureate level education programs.