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Career & Technical Education

Commissioner’s Regulations 100.5 (7) (iv) (e)  

iv. Earning a Regents diploma. Students first entering grade nine in September 2001 and thereafter shall meet the commencement-level New York State learning standards by successfully completing 22 units of credit and five New York State assessments distributed as specified in clauses (a) through (k) of this subparagraph. After passing the required New York State assessment or approved alternative in mathematics, science, and English language arts, the remaining units of credit required in that discipline may be in specialized courses. A specialized course is a course that meets the requirements of a unit of credit as defined in section 100.1(a) of this Part and the New York State commencement-level learning standards as established by the commissioner. A specialized course develops the subject in greater depth and/or breadth and/or may be interdisciplinary. Successful completion of one unit of study in an interdisciplinary specialized course may be awarded only one unit of credit but may be used to meet the distribution requirements in more than one subject. In a public high school, an interdisciplinary specialized course shall be taught by a teacher certified in at least one of the subjects.
  1. English, four units of credit and the Regents comprehensive examination in English or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.
  2. Social studies,
    1. four units of credit including:
      1. for students just entering grade nine in September 2001 or thereafter but prior to September 2016:
        1. one unit of credit in American history; and
        2. half unit of credit in Econimics and a half unit of participation in government; or
        3. the equivalent of subitems (A) and/or (B) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school; or
      2. for students first entering grade nine in September 2016 and thereafter:
        1. one unit of credit in American history;
        2. two units of credit in global history and geography; and
        3. a half unit of credit in economics and a half unit of credit in participation in government; or
        4. the equivalent of subitems (A), (B) and/or (C) of this item, as approved by the local public school superintendent or his or her designee or by the chief administrative officer of a registered nonpublic high school; and
    2. the assessments as required by subparagraph (a)(5)(i) of this section.
  3. Mathematics, three units of credit and a commencement level Regents examination in mathematics designated by the commissioner or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part.
  4. Science, three units of credit and one of the Regents examinations in science or an approved alternative pursuant to section 100.2(f) of this Part. In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1,200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports, provided that, for students who attend educational programs administered pursuant to Education Law section 112 and Part 116 or 118 of this Title, the 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience may be met through a combination of hands-on and simulated laboratory experience. The 1,200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit.
  5. The Arts (including visual arts, music, dance and theatre), one unit of credit, which may be a specialized course that meets the arts standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any arts course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.
  6. Health, one-half unit of credit which may be a specialized course which meets the health standards at the commencement level as established by the commissioner. Any health course for which credit will be awarded to meet the one-half unit of credit requirement for graduation must be taught by a certified teacher and must follow a State-developed or State-adopted syllabus or a locally-developed or locally-adopted syllabus approved by the commissioner.
  7. Languages other than English, one unit of commencement-level credit. A student identified as having a disability which adversely affects the ability to learn a language may be excused from the language other than English requirement set forth in this subparagraph if such student's individualized education program indicates that such requirement is not appropriate to the student's special education needs. Such a student need not have a sequence in a language other than English but must meet the requirements for the total number of credits required for a diploma.
  8. Physical Education, two units of credit, except that a student who has completed the diploma requirements in fewer than eight semesters shall not be required to continue enrollment in high school for the sole purpose of completing the physical education requirements.
  9. Additional units in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, languages other than English, career and technical education, or any other subject area approved by the commissioner to a total of 22 units of credit.
  10. The State learning standards in technology may be met either through a course in technology education or through an integrated course combining technology with mathematics and/or science. A commencement-level course in technology education may be used as the third unit of credit in science or mathematics but not both.
  11. The learning standards for parenting may be met either through a separate course in parenting or through integration in a course in health or family and consumer sciences.
Last Updated: April 27, 2020