Teacher education programs in the School of Arts & Sciences emphasize the development of knowledge, dispositions and skills which constitute professional competence. Program development is guided by standards established by national and state professional organizations. Coursework provides strong preparation in teaching to the New York State and Common Core Learning Standards, and helps teacher candidates develop a sound understanding of the educational needs of students across the range of developmental levels. 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 sophomore year, require extensive field work and close collaboration with local schools.
The Education Department, in collaboration with other departments in the School of Arts & 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, and Adolescence/ Middle Childhood Specialist (Grades 5-9).
Students interested in teaching visual arts across all grade levels may major in Studio Art, Art Education, Art History, or Art Therapy. A description of the program of courses leading to initial certification for Teaching Visual Arts Grades K-12 is contained in the catalog section on Art.
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 & 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, Communication Arts, Economics, English, French, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish. Students preparing to teach in the area of adolescence education must major in a subject taught on that level, and may therefore choose from among the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics, and Spanish.
Most teacher education programs are designed for a B.A. degree which requires students to earn a minimum of 90 credits in liberal studies. Depending on the academic major and area of certification, students may need to exceed the minimum requirements of 120 credits.
Certification programs are subject to change by the New York State Education Department without prior notification.
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 & Sciences, as well as those in the Graduate School of the College are required to take the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. The chart below highlights student and statewide pass rates during the 2011-2012 academic year. During this year, 135 students completed registered programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
|NY State Examination
||CNR Student Pass Rate
||Statewide Pass Rate
|Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (Elementary)
|Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (Secondary)
|Liberal Arts and Sciences Test
|Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test
|Students With Disabilities Content Specialty Test
|Social Studies Content Specialty Test
|Spanish Content Specialty Test
|ESOL Content Specialty Test
|Literacy Content Specialty Test
|Visual Arts Content Specialty Test
*Information is not available because fewer than 10 students took the exam
The college reserves the right to be selective in admitting students to the Teacher Education Programs and to student teaching, and in recommending students for state certification. Once admitted to the teacher education program, students must attain a grade minimum of B in all professional course work, earn an overall GPA of 3.0, and receive positive evaluations from field placement teachers and college faculty. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements must meet with department advisors regarding their continued status in the program.
Transfer students from two- and four-year colleges are welcomed in the program. They must meet with the department chair before registering for any classes. These students are expected to meet CNR program standards. Therefore, transfer grades from teacher education courses are expected to be a minimum of a B. The Education Department has an articulation agreement with Westchester Community College to facilitate their graduates’ entrance into the teacher education programs.
Courses in the teacher education programs are taught by full-time faculty from members of the Education department as well as those from the 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 buildings.
Upon graduation, students qualify for Education Department honors if they received an index of 3.7 or higher in Education Department program work, were eligible for Honors and/or Dean’s List during their sophomore or junior years at CNR, and performed successfully in fieldwork and in student teaching.
The Angela Merici Teaching Award is presented by the Education Department to a student who demonstrates excellence in student teaching and outstanding commitment to the profession.
Admission to the Education Department
Students from the School of Arts and Sciences enroll in three courses, EDU 118 , EDU 120 , and EDU 239Z , before applying for formal admission to the teacher education program. Typically, after the completion of 45 credits of college study, students must submit a written application for admission.
Requirements for admission to the Education Department for students include the following:
- Written application form
- Overall GPA of 3.0 and no outstanding incomplete grades;
- A minimum course grade of B;
- Evidence of having taken the N.Y.S. Teacher Certification Examination in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAST);
- Positive evaluations from fieldwork supervisors;
- Recommendations from advisor in major department; and
- Competency level performance in measures of Reading, Mathematics and Writing
Continuing status in the Education Department requires students to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA and to attain a minimum grade of B in all program course work.
Through an agreement with the CNR Graduate School, qualified students may begin taking graduate school courses during their senior year. These courses fulfill their undergraduate degree requirements and enrich their training.
Fieldwork and Student Teaching
During the senior year, teacher candidates student teach in two settings (an upper and a lower grade level) within their area of certification. Student teaching is full time, except for one afternoon each week during which students meet on campus for a seminar with their college supervisor. Students are advised to limit their participation in other college courses during the student teaching semester, and to take no more than one additional three-credit course.
Students are required to file a formal application for student teaching, and to demonstrate successful completion of all professional course work.
Arrangements for school placements are made by the Chairperson of the Education Department in the semester prior to the student teaching. Students must complete fingerprinting requirements for teacher certification before the student teaching semester. As students near the completion of the student teaching, guidance is provided to them regarding additional New York State testing and certification requirements, resume writing, the interview process, job searches and employment opportunities.
Information for Visual Arts (Gr. K-12) Certification is in the Art section of the catalog.
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