Undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education Program Minor and Certification Requirements (Art, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies)

The Middle and High School Education Minor is open to all Lehman students. The minor consists of four courses: ESC 301, ESC 302, ESC 429, and a fourth ESC course chosen in consultation with the education adviser. A student may graduate with the Minor, or may continue beyond with the Certification Sequence leading to New York State grades 7-12 teacher certification1 .

Students aspiring to the Certification Sequence must declare a specific major in art, English, math, science, history, Spanish, French, or Italian together with a minor in Middle and High School Education.

MHSE Minor (12-13 credits)

The Minor presents an opportunity for all Lehman students to engage with the issues, knowledge and skills of teaching and learning in urban middle and high schools, but does not grant a teaching credential.

ESC 301Psychological Foundations of Middle and High School


ESC 302Social Foundations of Education: A Multicultural Perspective


ESC 429Language and Literacies Acquisition in Secondary Education


ESC 463Special Needs Education: The Identification Instruction & Assessment Special Needs Population Middle & HS



A teaching methods course from ESC 410 to ESC 462 (3 or 4 credits) for art1 , English2 , foreign language3 , math4 , science5 , and social studies6

Students who wish to earn New York State 7-12 certification1 must additionally qualify for, and then complete the Certification Sequence.

Middle and High School Education Minor Prior to Fall 2020

Middle and High School Education Minor Prior to Spring 2020

Middle and High School Education Minor Prior to Spring 2019

The Certification Sequence (12-16 credits)


In order to continue beyond the Minor and into the Certification Sequence as a teacher candidate, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Enter the Certification Sequence with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0;
  2. Complete half of the major courses; and
  3. Submit the Declaration of Academic Plan and Sub-plan (Leading to Teacher Certification) to the education adviser.


Teacher candidates must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

The Certification Sequence comprises five additional ESC courses in methods, fieldwork and student teaching. 

Teaching Methods and/or Special Needs Students

In consultation with the education adviser, candidates who completed ESC 463 as part of the minor will select two method courses in their content areas. If they have not, they will select ESC 463 and their remaining method course:

ESC 463 (3 credits) Special Needs Education

Art methods: ESC 414 (3 credits) and DEC 436 (3 credits)

English methods: ESC 410 (3 credits) and ESC 422 (3 credits)

Foreign language methods: ESC 462 (3 credits) and ESC 424 (3 credits)

Math methods: ESC 448 (3 credits) and ESC 432 (3 credits)

Science methods: ESC 467 (3 credits) and ESC 419 (3 credits)

Social studies methods: ESC 433 (3 credits) and ESC 434 (3 credits)

Student Teaching Experience and Seminar

Before entering the student teaching experience, candidates should submit passing scores from the EAS (Educating All Students) and CST (Content Specialty Test) certification tests.

ESC 470Student Teaching in the Middle and High School Grades


ESC 471Student Teaching Seminar



In addition to completing the above ESC course requirements, the candidate must complete the following additional requirements to exit the program and receive Lehman College's recommendation for New York State Teacher Certification:

  1. All candidates seeking New York State Teacher Certification must have a minimum of 6 credits (two college-level courses) in each of the following four Liberal Arts and Science subject areas: Mathematical Processes, Scientific Processes, Concepts in Historical and Social Sciences, and English/Literature.
  2. Complete two semesters of college-level study of a language other than English.
  3. Complete three State-mandated workshops on (a) Child Abuse Identification and Reporting; (b) School Violence Intervention and Prevention; and (c) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).
  4. Foreign language candidates must complete courses 3180 and 3190 in their language majors, and pass the ACTFL OPI (oral proficiency interview).
  5. Social studies teacher candidates must additionally complete 3-credit courses (for a total of 24 credits) with grades of C or better in each of the following social science disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, European or World History, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. History.

*The Health program has been discontinued and will not accept future applicants.