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  Sep 23, 2017
 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Education: Childhood Certification (gr. 1-6) with Middle School Extension (gr. 7-9)


Hegis Code 0820

Education


Mount Saint Mary College’s teacher education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the following professional agencies: Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), International Reading Association (IRA), National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

In conjunction with general education courses and an academic major in a liberal arts and sciences content area, the Division of Education offers courses that will permit prospective students to complete academic requirements for initial New York State certification in the areas listed below:

  Early Childhood Education Inclusive (birth- age 2)
  Childhood Education (1-6)
  Childhood Education with Middle School Extension (7-9)
  Dual Childhood and Students with Disabilities (1-6)
  Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12)
Chemistry (7-12)
English (7-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
 
  Adolescence Education with Middle School Extension (5-6)
  Dual Adolescence Education and Students with Disabilities (7-12)

Childhood Education

Before you may enroll in any education course (those starting with an ED prefix) numbered ED 2110  or above or in PSY 2551 PSY 3301  , or PSY 3700  , you must have passed ALL three Education Proficiency Tests.These are given in language arts/grammar, spelling, and arithmetic. A passing score is 85% or higher.Descriptions and spelling lists may be obtained in the Education Office (Hudson Hall, Room109).Failure to pass all three examinations in a timely manner could significantly affect your graduation date.

These tests are given by the Center for Student Success (CSS).  Tutoring is available for students who do not pass one or more tests.  Waivers are permitted ONLY for the first semester of MSMC enrollment for transfer students.

Adolescence Education

Before you may enroll in any education course (those starting with an ED prefix) numbered 2110 or above or in PSY 2551, PSY 3301, PSY 3360  , or PSY 3700, you must pass ALL three Education Proficiency Tests.  These are given in language arts/grammar, spelling, and arithmetic.  A passing score is 85% or higher.  Descriptions and spelling lists may be obtained in the Education Office (Hudson Hall, Room 109).  Failure to pass all three examinations in a timely manner could significantly affect your graduation date.

These tests are given once a semester during the first week of classes.  Free tutoring courses are offered by for students who do not pass one or more tests.  Waivers are permitted ONLY for the first semester of MSMC enrollment for transfer students.

You must earn a grade of at least C+ in each certification course.  If you earn a C or less in a course, you must repeat that course.  You may repeat it only once.   Failure to earn at least a C+ in the repeated course will lead to dismissal from the certification program.  A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75 is a prerequisite for student teaching.

 

Fieldwork

Childhood Education

You must complete at least 100 hours of course-related, supervised fieldwork prior to student teaching in order to earn one teaching certificate.  If you wish to pursue dual certification, you must earn an additional 50 hours of supervised fieldwork in the second area of certification.  In addition, you must successfully complete a semester of student teaching.  Student teaching is all day, every day for that semester.  You will have two student teaching placements during the semester (i.e., grades 1-3 and 4-6).  One of these placements will be in a setting staffed by a special educator if you are pursuing certification in teaching pupils with disabilities.

Adolescence Education

You must complete at least 100 hours of course-related, supervised fieldwork prior to student teaching in order to earn one teaching certificate.  If you wish to pursue dual certification, you must earn an additional 50 hours of supervised fieldwork in the second area of certification.  In addition, you must successfully complete a semester of student teaching.  Student teaching is all day, every day for one semester.  You will have two student teaching placements during the semester (i.e., grades 7-9 and 10-12).  One of these placements will be in a special education setting if you are pursuing certification in teaching pupils with disabilities. If you are pursuing a middle school extension, ED 3480 Practicum for Middle School Education must be completed after student teaching.

Student Teaching

Students must complete a semester of full-time student teaching as arranged and supervised by Mount Saint Mary College within 25 miles of the college. Each student has two placements during the semester (i.e., grades 1-3 and 4-6 for childhood programs or 7-9 and 10-12 for adolescence programs). Students pursuing the dual certification will complete one placement teaching students with disabilities.

All certification courses must be completed before student teaching unless otherwise indicated or approved by an adviser and the Director of Student Teaching. Students pursuing adolescence certification are also required to complete at least 30 credits in the content area before student teaching.

The Student Teaching Handbook outlines policies and procedures that are required in order for students to successfully complete the student teaching experience. The college will not accept transfer credits from other institutions to fulfill the student teaching requirement. Student teaching must be completed within three years of graduation from Mount Saint Mary College.

State Education Department Requirements

The New York State Education Department sets all teacher certification requirements, which are subject to change by the Board of Regents.

Requirements for New York State initial certification are addressed in the college’s general education requirements, academic majors, and teacher education requirements. As part of general education requirements, all teacher education students must complete at least one semester of study of a language other than English; all childhood education students must have at least one course in art, music or theater; and all adolescence students must complete PHL 3080  (Philosophy of Education).

The percentages of MSMC teacher education program completers passing New York State Teacher Certification exams, as reported in the Annual Institutional Report most recently issued by the NYS Education Department at the time of this catalogs publication, are

Test # Tested % Passed  
ALST 36 86  
EAS 42 95  
EdTPA 29 90  


Requirements for New York State professional certification include a master’s degree in a functionally related area as defined by New York State, earned within five years of receiving an initial certificate. The master’s degree and three years of teaching experience, including one year of mentored teaching, qualify applicants for the professional certificate from the New York State Education Department. The professional certificate must be renewed every five years. This is accomplished by completing at least 175 hours of professional development, usually through the employing district or with additional accredited coursework.

A student desiring certification outside New York is responsible for meeting the requirements of the respective state. The student should consult with the appropriate division or department for information concerning the approved majors in the various liberal arts areas.

 

Anticipated testing requirements for qualified candidates depend on certification type and date of application as follows:

Certificate

Applying for certification on or after 5/1/2014

Initial Teaching

edTPA
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Test(s) (CST)

 

Individuals applying on or after 5/1/2014 can find descriptions of each of the tests on the following website, under the heading “Draft Frameworks and Test Designs:
http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp#Required

 

Certification

Successful completion of all requirements for your Bachelor’s Degree and for certification will make you eligible for certification. However, you must apply to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for the actual certification(s).  You will be issued an initial certificate from the NYSED.  This is a complete teaching certificate.  It enables you to seek employment as a teacher for up to five years.

You must earn a masters degree in a functionally related area within five years of the effective date on your initial certificate(s).  After earning the masters degree and after having taught for three (3) years with one year under the guidance of a mentor teacher, you will be qualified to receive a professional certificate from NYSED.  You must renew your professional certificate every five years through completion of at least 175 hours of professional development, usually through your employing district or with additional accredited coursework.

Graduate Study

Mount Saint Mary College undergraduates who are enrolled in a teacher education program at the college, who have earned at least 105 credits, and who have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better, may apply to take a graduate course. Eligible students must make a written request and must receive permission from the division chair. A student who wishes to apply the graduate credits toward the baccalaureate degree must indicate this in the written request and must receive the chair’s permission for this purpose. Graduate credits applied toward the baccalaureate degree may not be counted toward a master’s degree at Mount Saint Mary College.

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with Options


A student preparing to teach in the elementary school either as a general educator or as a teacher of students with disabilities combines a study of professional courses and student teaching with a major in one of the following areas: biology , chemistry computer information technology , English , Hispanic studies , history , history/political science , interdisciplinary studies , mathematics  and social sciences  (with a concentration in history or history/political science). Students will pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credits with a minimum of 90 credits in the liberal arts. The Bachelor of Science degree requires 120 credits with a minimum of 75 credits in liberal arts courses.

Courses in the Childhood Education Program fulfill requirements for initial certification to teach grades 1-6. Students may also pursue either an extension of the childhood education certification to teach an academic subject in grades 7-9 or dual certification in childhood and teaching students with disabilities (grades 1-6). The additional courses required for the extension or dual certification are listed after the childhood education requirements. Candidates for a middle school extension program are required to complete all the requirements for the childhood education (grades 1-6) program including student teaching before the middle school practicum. Students who are pursuing the 7-9 extension must meet all of the required content courses for adolescence certification.  Additionally, all students will need to take and pass the appropriate New York State content specialty test in which the extension will be granted in order to be certified in the extension area.

Childhood Education with a Middle School Extension (Grades 7-9)


Complete the following in addition to all of the required courses for Childhood Education:

Total: (49)