Liberal Arts Requirements

Initial Certification/Advanced Certificate
(30 hours)
New York State requires 30 hours of liberal arts preparation (undergraduate and/or graduate level) for initial certification in childhood education. All teacher candidates must fulfill the following requirements in order to be certified:

List of Liberal Arts Requirements

Content Matter

Required # of Courses


Artistic Expression
1 Art, dance, music, theater
Communication 1 Communication, English, written or literary analysis, composition
Information Retrieval 1 Library studies, research, computer literacy, educational technology
Humanities 1 Literature, religion, philosophy, cultural anthropology
Written analysis and Expression 1 English composition, creative writing, introduction to writing
Concepts in historical & social sciences 2
History, geography, anthropology, economics,
sociology, political science
Scientific processes* 2
Biology: cell biology and biochemistry,anatomy
and physiology, genetics and evolution,
biological diversity, human biology, zoology,
cell nutrition
Chemistry: matter and atomic structure, energy,
chemical bonds and molecular structure,
chemical reactions, quantitative relationships
Earth Science: space systems, atmospheric
systems, geological systems, water systems
*Not acceptable: environmental science, conservation and wildlife management,
Physics: mechanics and heat, electricity,
magnetism, waves, sounds and light, quantam
theory and the atom
*Not acceptable: applied science courses (e.g., 
Mathematical processes* 2
Mathematical reasoning, quantitative methods,
number theory and concepts, algebra, analytic
geometry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry,
data analysis, probability, discrete mathematics
*Not acceptable: computer science, accounting,
finance, applied mathematics (e.g., engineering) 
Language other than
**Documentation of three years of high school
foreign language satisfies this requirement.
**If an applicant provides documentation of
graduation from a high school and/or college in which
coursework is conducted in a language other than
English, the requirement is fulfilled.