General Education Certificate

General Education Certificate

The General Education program enables you to complete lower-division general education requirements in ten knowledge and skill areas that are guaranteed to be accepted by all SUNY campuses and universities. By completing all the courses required in the program, you will develop critical thinking and information-management skills required by all SUNY colleges and universities.

Study Online!

Did you know that the General Education Certificate program can be completed online?

  • General Education CERT (100% can be completed online)

Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!

Why GCC?

The General Education program at GCC is a one year certificate program.

A General Education Certificate from GCC is ideal for the completion of your baccalaureate degree if you are pursuing an A.A.S. degree and intend to transfer to a SUNY campus.

Transfer Opportunities

Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. The General Education Certificate covers the 10 SUNY General Education silos required at all SUNY Institutions. These General Education silos also mirror the general education requirements at many 4-year private institutions.

With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.

If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.

To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.