For students who decide late in their undergraduate careers or after they graduate to pursue certification as teachers, the department offers a sequence of courses, consisting of 21 credits that leads to an Initial Certificate. This sequence provides an integrated program that includes the course work and field experience necessary to meet State requirements for initial certification in adolescent education in a specific academic subject area. Upon successfully completing the Initial Certificate program, students will be recommended for initial certification provided they have completed the required 36 credits in their major and met all other State requirements for initial certification. The program enables students to begin teaching and gain experience necessary for professional certification while they complete course work required for the MasterÆs degree. Students who earn the Initial Certificate will automatically become eligible for matriculation in the Master of Science in Education program in their major area. As part of the course work for the Initial Certificate, students will have taken SEYS 700, a 3-credit course that can be applied toward the requirements for the MasterÆs. Students who complete the course and credit requirements for the MasterÆs program in their respective areas will have met the educational requirements for professional certification as well as for the degree of Master of Science in Education.