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Teacher Certification

Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2): Thirty-five credits including student teaching: 211, 212, 304, 321, 322, 325, 326, 328 (or 428), 340, 430 and PSYC 345.

Childhood (Grades 1-6): Thirty-eight credits including student teaching: 211, 212, 304, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 340, 428, 431 and PSYC 345.

Double Certification (Early Childhood and Childhood): Forty-four credits including student teaching in Early Childhood and Childhood are required. Students pursue New York State certification in both areas. Fieldwork and coursework adjustments will be made with the Teacher Education advisor. The decision to pursue both certifications must be made during the second semester of sophomore year.

Childhood (Grade 1-6) plus Grades 7-9 Extension: All requirements for Grades 1-6 plus 3-6 (Teaching Academic Subject), EDUC 365 and PSYC 319 instead of PSYC 345.

Adolescence (Grades 7-12): Thirty-one credits including student teaching. A major in a relevant academic area—Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics or Spanish.  Courses include 211, 212, 304, 327, 340, either 360, 361, 362, 363 or 364, 366, 425, an elective or major requirement and PSYC 346. History majors also take a course in anthropology.

Adolescence (Grades 7-12) and Grades 5-6 Extension:  Elective not required.  Includes all requirements for Grades 7-12; in addition, coursework related to the major in either 322, 324, 326, 328 or (either 470 Special Topics, 722 or 724), 365 and PSYC 319 instead of PSYC 346.

Dual Program—Special Education (Grades 1-6) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6): Students pursue New York State certification in both areas—Special Education (Grades-1-6 ) and General Education (Grades 1-6). Forty-four credits including student teaching in Special and General Education: 211, 212, 304, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 340, 427, 428, 431, 450, 471 and PSYC 345.

Dual Program—Special Education (Grades 7-12) and Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12): Students pursue New York State certification in both areas—Special Education (Grades 7-12) and General Education (Grades-7-12).  Forty credits including student teaching: 211, 212, 304, 327, 330, 340, either 360, 361, 362, 363 or 364 and 366, 425, 427, 428, 451, 712 and PSYC 346.

FIVE YEAR PROGRAMS—BA/MS INCLUSION, SPECIAL EDUCATION (Initial Certification plus Academic requirements for Professional Certification in New York State)

Students who choose a five-year program can achieve an undergraduate major in their area of concentration and a Master of Science degree in Urban and Multicultural Education. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student receives College recommendation for New York State Initial certification in the area of specialization. In addition, the student will have completed academic coursework requirements for the New York State Professional Certificate. The number of required credits varies according to the undergraduate major as well as selection of elective concentration in the graduate program. Students should consult their Teacher Education advisor for specific guidelines. A sample program is included in this catalogue. The department offers five-year programs in Childhood Education, Adolescence Education, and Dual programs in Special as well as General Education. See Graduate Catalogue for descriptions of courses offered during the fourth and fifth years of study.
Cognate Requirements: These include a course in speech (COMM 205 or its approved equivalent) and a basic course in Computer Science as prescribed in the Core Curriculum.
Field Experience: The College continues an ongoing professional relationship with schools within the District 10 area in the Bronx. Field experiences are also provided in nearby Yonkers, Hastings and in non-public school settings. Through these collaborations, students are afforded realistic teaching experiences and opportunities to be assessed in knowledge, skills, and professionalism within the actual classroom setting. Students must attain a satisfactory level of performance on all required outcomes.

The Teacher Education Department makes all practicum and student teaching assignments.

The Department of Teacher Education does not permit any unexcused absence in field experiences. The instructor and school must be notified immediately of an absence. Failure to comply with this regulation could result in failure of a course.

Eligibility and Academic Requirements: Students who wish admission to the Teacher Education program in sophomore year must have attained a 2.5 cumulative index. Students should apply to the chairperson of the department in spring semester of their freshman year. The first and second semesters of coursework are described as preliminary to admission. During this time students demonstrate articulation of career goals, good health, emotional stability, a professional attitude, competency in oral and written communication and a steadily increasing index, if needed. In addition, all students must attain a passing score on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) before official admission to the program. This should be accomplished during sophomore year—the first year of Teacher Education coursework. For transfer students this is required no later than second semester of Teacher Education coursework. A course with a lower than C grade will not be accepted for credit in the department.

In addition to successful performance in all required coursework, students must have attained a 2.75 cumulative index before they are qualified to student teach.  Those who elect the five-year program must have attained a 3.0 cumulative index before the start of the fourth year.

Only students who have completed the stated prerequisites and who are approved by the Department will be registered for student teaching.


Professional Decorum:  Students who wish to receive College endorsement for New York State Certification must demonstrate academic and teaching competence as well as professional decorum in all aspects of their preparation.  Professional decorum includes consistent adherence to coursework and fieldwork guidelines, demonstrated responsibility for one’s personal and professional development and receptivity to guidance offered by mentors and advisors.

Senior students in the program who are not in a fifth-year program and have a 3.0 GPA may enroll in some graduate education Core or Foundation courses with approval of the academic advisor and the Director of the Graduate Education Program.

Students who are not enrolled in the department may elect certain courses with the approval of the Department Chairperson.

New York State Examinations: The New York State Education Department requires that, as of February 2, 2004, all candidates for certification achieve satisfactory performance on three New York State Examinations: the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written) and the CST (Content Specialty Test). Students in the Childhood 1-6 program take the CST  exam in Multiple Subjects; those who are pursuing Special Education certification must also take the CST exam in Special Education.  Those who pursue the 7-9 upward extension must also take the CST exam in the academic area of the major—Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Social Studies, or Spanish.

Summary Employment Status: As of October 2004, the department was able to verify the employment status of 86% of the graduates of 2003.At that reporting time one hundred percent of those who sought positions in teaching were employed in public and non-public schools.

Interstate Certification: While New York State is a member of the Interstate Certification Project, which recognizes comparable initial academic program requirements among member states, students are responsible to consult out-of-state or local boards of education to ascertain their specific requirements. The department will assist in the planning which should be initiated in sophomore year.