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Teacher Certification

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.

Eligibility and Academic Requirements
Students who wish admission to the Teacher Education program in sophomore year must have attained a 2.5 cumulative index prior to the start of coursework. 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. Additionally, the following requirement must be fulfilled before official admission to the program: Those graduating in 2014 and beyond must pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test. 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.

Certification and Employment
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.

New York State Examinations
Students who are graduating in spring 2014 or after will be required to pass the new Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA), Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students Test (EAS), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) aligned to area of certification. Those enrolled in the dual certification program will be required to take a second CST.

New Content Specialty Tests will begin to roll out in spring 2014. Until then, the old CSTs will continue to be offered. Students who do not pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) prior to implementation of the new and more rigorous CST will have to pass the new CST. Upon acceptance into the Teacher Education Program students will be  provided a schedule of when each exam should be completed. Failure to adhere to this schedule may impact progress in the education program.

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.