DUAL CERTIFICATE WITH CHILDHOOD
EDUCATION/MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIALIST
Teacher education programs in the School of Arts and Sciences
emphasize the development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills
which constitute professional competence and caring. Programs
provide strong preparation in teaching to the New York State Learning
Standards, and ensure a sound understanding of the educational
needs of students across the range of developmental levels encompassed
by the certificate. Course work and practical experiences in a
variety of communities enable students to work effectively with
a diverse student population, and to practice skills for interacting
with parents or caregivers. Several of the education courses,
starting from the freshman year, require extensive field work
and close collaboration with local schools.
The Education Department,
in collaboration with other departments in the School of Arts
and Sciences and area schools, provides a series of learning activities
and field experiences leading to the initial New York State teacher
certification in childhood education (Grades 1-6), adolescence
education (Grades 7-12), and visual arts education (Grades K-12).
Additional course work and fieldwork prepare students for dual
certification in the following areas: childhood/early childhood
(Birth-Grade 2), childhood/middle childhood specialist (Grades
5-9), childhood/students with disabilities, adolescence/middle
childhood specialist (Grade 5-9), and adolescence/students with
The Education Department
values a strong academic major for teachers and educators in all
fields. As this is also the position adopted by the teacher education
movement across the country, the School of Arts and Sciences requires
an academic major along with the teacher certification program.
The following are acceptable
majors for candidates in the childhood education certification
area: art history, biology, chemistry, classics, communication
arts, economics, English, French, history, interdisciplinary studies,
Latin, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology,
religious studies, sociology, and Spanish.
Admission to the
Students from the School
of Arts and Sciences are allowed to enroll in three courses, EDU
118, EDU 120, and EDU 239Z, before applying for formal admission
to a teacher education program. After the completion of 45 credits
of college study, students will be required to file a written
application of admission. Typically students will file during
the spring semester of their sophomore year, prior to the advisement
period, after completing the three department courses.
Requirements for admission
to the Education Department include:
- Written application form
with writing sample;
- Overall GPA of 2.7 after
45 credits of college study and no outstanding incomplete grades;
- B- competency in all
Education Department program course work;
- Passage of the New York
State Teacher Certification Examination in Liberal Arts and
- Recommendations from
- Recommendations from
advisor in major department and advisor from the Education Department;
- Competency level performance
on a standardized measure of reading comprehension. Mathematics
competency is evaluated by performance in liberal arts core
Continuing status in the
Education Department requires students to maintain an overall
2.7 GPA and to attain B- competency in all program course work.
with Childhood Education
Students may qualify for
a second certificate with childhood education in one of three
areas: early childhood education (birth-grade 2), middle childhood
specialist (grades 5-9), and students with disabilities (grades
1-6). Students must complete all requirements for the childhood
education certificate as well as specific additional course and
field work requirements for the second certificate. Eligibility
to enroll in graduate level courses is determined by the CNR Graduate
School. The following are required of students wishing to enroll
in courses in the CNR Graduate School of Education: a 3.0 GPA
in all undergraduate Education Department course work, a recommendation
of the chair of the Education Department, and the successful completion
of the Graduate School writing sample.
requirements for Middle Childhood Certificate:
in an academic field taught in grades 5-9
Psychology , 3 cr.
Middle School, 3 cr.
Middle Childhood Education, 1 cr. (Additional 50 hours)
Most teacher education programs
are designed for a B.A. degree which requires students to earn
a minimum of 90 credits in liberal arts. Depending on the academic
major and area of certification, students may need to exceed the
minimum requirements of 120 credits.
Modifications in teacher
education programs will comply with the state's changes in certification
requirements. Students need to consult regularly with their Education
Department advisor regarding the latest program requirements in
their area of certification and out-of-state certification requirements.
Students in the Education
Department of the School of Arts and Sciences, as well those in
the Graduate School of the College are required to take the New
York State Teacher Certification Examinations. During 2000-2001,
159 students completed registered programs on the undergraduate
and graduate levels. During this year, 95% of those who took the
Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written subtest passed, and 92%
of those who took the Liberal Arts and Sciences subtest passed.
Statewide institutional pass rates were 96% and 95%, respectively.
programs are subject to change by the New York State Education
Department without prior notification.
The dean and the faculty
of the School reserve the right to be selective in admitting students
to the Teacher Education Programs and to student teaching, and
in recommending students for state certification. To maintain
eligibility to continue in the Education Department after admission,
students must attain a B- competency level in all professional
course work, receive positive evaluations from field placement
teachers and college faculty, and earn overall GPA of 2.7.
The Education Department
has an articulation agreement with Westchester Community College
to facilitate their graduates' entrance into the teacher education
programs. Individuals from other two- and four-year colleges are
also successfully accommodated in the programs. Transfer students
must meet with the department chair before registering for any
classes. These students are expected to meet CNR program standards.
Therefore, transfer credits in teacher education program courses
with grades below B- will be accepted only at the discretion of
the department chair.
Courses in the teacher education
programs are taught by over twelve full-time faculty from the
Education, English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work
and Physical Education departments, as well as by carefully selected
adjunct faculty who are practitioners in the field. Teachers,
reading specialists, and administrators from local schools occasionally
teach departmental courses off campus, in nearby public school