Teacher Education Program

Teacher Education Conceptual Framework

York College Mission

York College enriches lives and enables students to grow as passionate, engaged learners with the confidence to realize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and global citizens.

Teacher Education Unit Mission and Vision

The Teacher Education Unit promotes excellence through Diversity of Knowledge, Diversity of Culture and Diversity of Communication. We will prepare our pre-service candidates: to enact deep and broad content knowledge in order to enable diverse learners to achieve at the highest levels through the use of pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge; and to embody professionalism. The Unit's rigorous academic program will develop a cadre of professional educators who, having been taught by models of good teaching, are prepared with an array of theories, tools, and skills necessary to create rich learning environments in which urban children and youth can strive for and reach success.

Conceptual Framework

The Teacher Education Unit at York College strives to provide prospective teachers with the following knowledge, skills, and dispositions:

Enact Knowledge

  • Access and build content knowledge
  • Examine the power and biases of knowledge and knowledge construction
  • Demonstrate a broad and deep knowledge of academic content
  • Evaluate content knowledge for relevance to K-12 classroom
  • Evaluate emerging content knowledge using research based evidence

Enable Pedagogy

  • Design and deliver instruction that responds to the diversity of learners in the classroom
  • Design curriculum and deliver instruction that represents broad and deep knowledge of pedagogy
  • Embed technology into the learning experience
  • Assess students using a diversity of measures, analyze the results, and make instructional decisions to optimize teaching and maximize student performance
  • Act as reflective practitioners with a strong conviction that learning is a lifelong process

Embody Professionalism

  • Understand the full range of student needs represented in an urban classroom
  • Prepare students to be active and effective participants in a political and social democracy
  • Collaborate with parents and leaders/agencies in the local community
  • Collaborate with the professional educational community
  • Demonstrate caring and ethical professional behavior in order to build teaching and learning environments that draw on the strengths of students' diverse cultures, languages, exceptionalities, multiple intelligences, and learning styles.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity issues in multicultural, multilingual, urban schools
  • Exhibit strong written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills

Teacher Education Programs offered include:

  • Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
  • Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension (Spanish/English), Grades 1-6
  • Childhood Education Program with a Middle School Extension (BA)
  • Teacher Education, in Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Science, Grades 7-12
  • Teacher Education Program in Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension (Spanish/English) Grades 1-6
  • Teacher Education in Spanish, Grades 7-12
  • Teacher Education in Mathematics, Grades 7-12
  • Health Education, Grades K-12
  • Physical Education, Grades K-12.

IMPORTANT NOTE: York College program/course requirements and policies, and New York State Teacher Certification requirements change from time to time. It is very important to stay in touch with the Department of Teacher Education and your education advisor each semester. You must meet with a Teacher Education advisor in order to be given permission to register for EDUC courses. For additional information regarding any of the Teacher Education Program requirements, contact the Department of Teacher Education in Room 1D12 of the Academic Core Building, 718-262-2450, email: teachered@york.cuny.edu

Please refer to the appropriate academic departmental sections for Individual major course/education course requirements in K-12 or 7-12 Programs.

Requirements for Admission, Retention, Completion of all Teacher Education Programs, and Recommendations for New York State Initial Certification.

Admission to a Teacher Education Program:

Complete the Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program including the planning grid and exam documentation for Language Arts and Science Test (LAST) and Assessment of Teaching Skills--Written (ATSW)

  • Declare an approved major
  • Earn a minimum overall 2.75 GPA in all courses taken at York College
  • (Transfer Students complete a minimum of 12 credits at York College)
  • Complete the Foundations courses EDUC 280, EDUC 283 and EDUC 284
  • Earn a minimum overall 2.75 GPA in Foundations courses AND a minimum grade of C in each Foundations course (Minimum grade of B in each Foundations course taken elsewhere)

Transition Point 1: Admission to Curriculum and Methods Courses (EDUC 300 levels)

  • Earn a minimum overall 2.75 GPA in all courses taken at York College
  • Complete all Foundations courses for the program
  • Earn a minimum overall 2.75 GPA in Foundations courses AND a minimum grade of C in each Foundations course (Minimum grade of B in each Foundations course taken elsewhere)

Transition Point 2: Admission to Student Teaching

  • Complete the application for Student Teaching AND update planning grid, including exam documentation and program completion plan
  • Earn a minimum overall 2.75 GPA on all courses taken at York College
  • Completed all Professional Education (300 level Curriculum and Methods) courses
  • Earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in all Professional Education courses AND a minimum of C grade in each Professional Education course taken at York College (A minimum of B in each Professional Education course taken elsewhere)
  • Completed 2/3 of the courses required in the major

Transition Point 3: Completion of the Teacher Education Program

  • Complete Student Teaching/Seminar I and Teaching/Seminar II with a minimum grade of C in each including the Violence Prevention AND Child Abuse and Neglect workshops
  • Earn a minimum overall 2.75 GPA on all courses taken at York College
  • Complete all course work required for the degree

New York State Initial Certification Requirements in addition to Program Completion:

  • Pass the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
  • Pass the New York State Assessment of Teaching Skills--Written Test (ATS-W)
  • Pass the New York State Content Specialty Test (CST)
  • Fulfill foreign language requirement
  • Complete a science course with a laboratory

In consultation with their Teacher Education advisor, candidate should fulfill General Education requirements as early as possible in order to achieve success on the LAST exam and be prepared for upper division coursework and student teaching

Teacher Education Program in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6

The Program prepares candidates to teach children in Childhood settings in grades 1-6. Candidates who have successfully completed the Childhood Education Program, Grades 1 through 6, are eligible to apply for New York State initial certification in Childhood, Grades 1-6. Childhood Education Program candidates are required to complete a liberal arts or science major in addition to the Childhood Education Program in order to complete their degree.

Approved liberal arts or science majors for the Childhood Education Program include: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Economics, English, French, History, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Speech/ Communication and Theater Arts.

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