The Undergraduate Secondary Education Competency Based Teacher Education Program
Outline of Education Course Requirements for 7-12 Initial Certification
Admission Requirements to the Program
- 2.75 GPA in at least 24 credits in college course work
- Grade of B or better in both Freshman Composition Courses
- Complete the undergraduate program application
- Note: Current students wishing to apply to Adolescence Education/Math must first be accepted as a math major. A Declaration of Major form signed by the Math Department must be submitted with the application.
**Important New Information for English and Social Studies Students**
Starting in Fall 2013, students majoring in Adolescence Education/English (443) or Adolescence Education/Social Studies (445) must have a GPA cum of at least 3.0 before they will receive permission to enroll in the required methods course SED370 Teaching English in the Secondary School or SED373 Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School and their co-requisite, SED350 Fieldwork #2. Students unable to meet this GPA prerequisite will be advised to change their major so they can graduate in a timely manner.
Admission Requirements to Student Teach
- 2.5 overall GPA*
- 2.75 GPA in Pedagogical Core*
- Satisfactory Program Portfolio
- 2.5 GPA in Content Core
- Grade of B or better in Methods Course
- Approval of Coordinator and Chair
- B or better on all components of the departmental Assessment Exam French/Spanish (two semesters prior to student teaching; repeatable no more than three times) for French/Spanish candidates only
- Advanced-Low level or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview French/Spanish (6 months prior to student teaching). For French/Spanish candidates only
Student Teaching is a capstone experience for all undergraduate elementary and secondary teacher candidates seeking a bachelor's degree. It is a full-time commitment extending for an entire semester with placements in two different settings. As such, the School of Education requires that all required coursework is completed BEFORE the capstone experience begins, and it restricts candidates from taking any other course(s) while registered for student teaching except the co-requisite fieldwork 3 and the student teaching seminar.
*These requirements are baseline only. Education program enrollments can be more competitive, depending on the number of applicants.
First Semester in Program/Second Semester Sophomore Year (7 credits)
Second Semester in Program/First Semester Junior Year (6 credits)
Third Semester in Program/Second Semester Junior Year (4 credits)
Fourth Semester in Program/First Semester Senior Year (7 credits)
Discipline Specific Methods - one of the following taken the semester immediately before student teaching:
Fifth Semester in Program/Second Semester Senior Year (14 credits)
- Intro Curriculum & Assessment and Field Work #1
- Methods, Field Work #2 and Digital Environment
- Student Teaching, Student Teaching Seminar and Field Work #3
- Sociological & Phil Foundations and Developing Adolescent
- Literacy & Learning and Differentiating Instruction
Foreign Language Requirement
A requirement in the study of a language other than English must be met. Students with no previous college level language study must complete a two-semester sequence in a language; students who can be placed at an intermediate or advanced level must complete one course.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to field and student teaching placements and must be prepared to commute up to 45 miles, one way, to these placements.
PLEASE NOTE: New York State Certification Examinations will be changing as of May 2014. Please go to the following website for more information: www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp
Current New York State Certification Examinations:
Liberal Arts & Sciences Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) and Content Specialty Test (CST).
Two State-Mandated Workshops:
1. Recognizing and reporting symptoms of child abuse and
2. Prevention of school violence (S.A.V.E.)
You are advised to complete these workshops as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program.
State-mandated fingerprinting should be done as soon as possible after you are admitted to the program. You can pick up a fingerprinting packet in the Old Main Building, Room 323.
Students must have good moral character. (Applicants for admission are asked to provide information about past convictions, misconduct, etc. on the application for a certificate, and the New York State Education Department is authorized to investigate complaints regarding an applicant's past convictions which raise a reasonable question as to the individual's moral character.)