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. The study of American Sign Language satisfies this New York State teacher certification requirement. (Sign Language courses approved for SUNY General Education may also be used to satisfy the Foreign Language category of GE.)
New York State Certification Examinations
Teacher Performance Assessment Portfolio (edTPA)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST) as they become available. See www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp
Child Protection Policy
The SUNY System-wide Child Protection Policy sets protocols and mandates for campuses to follow when SUNY has children in its care, custody, and control. To learn more about the CPP and its training modules, visit the School of Education homepage.
1. Child Abuse Identification Workshop: All candidates for teacher certification will complete a State-mandated two-hour training lecture on recognizing and reporting child abuse or neglect. Group sessions will be provided on campus, or students may take the training from social service agencies, community colleges, or BOCES. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented on candidates' transcripts.
2. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training: All students will complete a six-hour training in the prevention of bullying and harassment. Training is provided periodically on campus or may be taken through BOCES or another approved provider. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented on students' transcripts.
3. Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act Training: All students will complete a two-hour workshop in school violence prevention. Workshops are held periodically on campus or may be taken elsewhere through an approved provider. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented on students' transcripts.
4. Training in Health & Safety Education: This 0-credit online training (EDI095) includes topics mandated by New York State Education Law for teacher candidates. The four video modules provide information on the means for instructing students for the purpose of preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse (Education Law section 804); instructing students in fire and arson prevention (Education Law section 808); providing safety education as it pertains to highway safety, traffic regulations, and bicycle safety (Education Law section 806); and instructing students for preventing child abduction (Education Law section 803-a).
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.)