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

Please consult the Department for an updated list of programs as the current list may not be most accurate.

Majors for Childhood and Extension Programs

Childhood Education, Grades 1-6Bilingual Education, Grades 1-6Middle School Extension, Grades 1-9
Interdisciplinary StudiesSpanish



Majors for Secondary and PreK-12 Programs

BiologyHealth Education, PreK-12
ChemistryPhysical Education, PreK-12
Earth Science

Teacher Education Minors


Youth Studies

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

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.

The Teacher Education Unit implements all Teacher Education programs at York College, per accreditation specification (see NCATE Institutional Report approved March 22, 2012). The Unit is comprised of the Department of Teacher Education, which houses the Childhood and Secondary Education programs, and the Department of Health and Physical Education, which houses the Health Education and the Physical Educations programs. The Unit and both departments are located within the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs. The chair of the Department of Teacher Education is also the Unit head. Admission and progression policies apply to all teacher education students in the Unit.

The Curriculum Sequence and Progression

The Education curriculum consists of three sets of distinct courses: the Premajor Block, the Professional Sequence, and Student Teaching. Students apply to the program after completing the Premajor Block. Once admitted, they progress into the Professional Sequence and later into Student Teaching. Also, see the Curriculum at a Glance chart to understand the specific courses required in each program, as well as, the credit hours and the field experience hours required. This will aid you in your semester and graduation planning.

Admission and Progression Policy

Once a student decides to pursue a Teacher Education program, s/he should make an appointment to meet with an advisor in the Department of Teacher Education (Room1D12, 718-262-2450). To be eligible for admission to a Teacher Education program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the premajor block* with an average GPA of 3.0:
    • English 125 and English 126 (6 credits)
    • Philosophy 202 or Sociology 202: Major Ideas and Issues in Education (WI) (3 credits)
    • Mathematics (3 credits)
      • Childhood Education: Mathematics 271: Topics in Foundational Math
      • Physical and Health Education PreK-12: Mathematics 271: Topics in Foundational Math recommended
      • Secondary Education, 7-12: Select from Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning requirements specified by the individual major
    • Child Development (3 credits)
      • Childhood Education: Education 280: Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers
      • Physical Education PreK-12 and Health Education PreK-12: Education 280: Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers
      • Secondary Education, 7-12: Education 271: Adolescent and Youth Development
    • Education 230: Teaching with Multimedia Technology (2 credits)
  • Complete the Department's Writing Workshop+
  • Submit the online Admission Application (this is done during Education 230)
  • Complete background check and fingerprinting, and receive clearance through NYC Department of Education
  • Students cannot have an INC grade on their transcript at the time of Admissions
  • Declaration of appropriate Liberal Arts and Sciences Major
  • Transfer students must meet the same requirements above

*It is recommended that students complete the Premajor Block prior to their 60th credit.

+These workshops are offered by the Department of Teacher Education each semester. Dependent on budget, they are offered free of charge to eligible candidates.

Acceptance Notification Letters

Once a student submits their Admission Application, the Admissions and Retention committee reviews and scores the application and makes a recommendation to the Unit. The Unit reserves the right to interview candidates to make a final admissions decision when necessary. there are three recommendations that the committee will make: Accept, Conditionally Accept, Reject. Students accepted or conditionally accepted will be notified of the committee's decision by both email and regular mail and must come to the Department of Teacher Education (Room 1D12) to sign their Notification Letter in person within 7 days of date of letter. Students who are conditionally admitted are reviewed at the end of the term specified in their Notification Letter and will receive a second Notification Letter either formally admitting them into the program or rejecting their application. Students who are not admitted will be notified by Registered Mail. They can reapply once with updated information, and must also have a satisfactory interview with the Department Chair prior to being admitted.

Progression into the Professional Sequence

Once accepted into a Teacher Education program, students must maintain a level of academic rigor in order to be retained in a Teacher Education program and progress into the Professional Sequence (or 300-level courses).

  • Any grade below a B in an Educational Professional course (300-level) MUST be repeated; a course may be repeated only once and only one 300-level course can be repeated.
  • Students should be completing their field experiences as required in each courses and submitting the necessary paperwork. (The New York State Department of Education requires a minimum of 100 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching; these hours are documented using our Fieldwork Verification Form, which is distributed to students in each Education course.)
  • Students must exhibit professional demeanor in and out of the classroom. Professional demeanor includes behaviors such as: respectful communication with faculty, staff and peers; timely submission of classroom and departmental materials; professional behavior during field observations and clinical experiences.

Progression into Student Teaching

Student teaching is now a yearlong experience. To be eligible for progression into Student Teaching, the following criteria must be met:

  • Successful completion of all 400-level course prerequisites
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • 2/3 of major courses complete and/or no more than one major course needed
  • Must have taken a Writing 300-level course with a B or above
  • Completion of Student Leadership Requirement (see below)
  • Completion of Student Teaching Application
  • Interview with Clinical Coordinator
  • Passing score on the Educating All Students exam
  • Passing score on Content Specialty Test
  • Students must receive a grade of B or above in their first student teaching placement to progress to their second placement. Grades below a B require immediate action in consultation with the Clinical Coordinator and/or Department Chair.

Student Leadership Requirement

All students must complete at least one semester of leadership prior to Student Teaching. The leadership requirement can be met in many different ways. Each advisor has a list of opportunities for the upcoming semester and they will be posted on Blackboard. Once a student commits to a particular activity it must be honored and the advisor must sign off upon completion. Students will receive a Certificate of Achievement, which can be included in their online application to student teaching. Or, students can shoot higher and earn the Leadership Badge. Such students will receive a special digital badge as well as become eligible for various Departmental awards; all of which look very good to potential employers. The Department will provide a variety of options for students, such as serving on committees, attending open house events, and other opportunities and possibilities to be announced.

Dismissal from a Teacher Education program

Students may be dismissed from a Teacher Education program under any of the following conditions:

  • Grade-point average in any area (Education, Content Area/Major, Overall) falls below the required 3.0 GPA for progression
  • Student has received one or more grades below B in any Professional Education course
  • Student has received two or more grades below a C in any major course
  • Student has committed a substantial violation of CUNY's Academic Integrity Policy
  • Student has been reported two or more times for unprofessional conduct by the faculty or staff from York College and/or partner schools/sites

Remediation Plans

Students must meet with their advisor each term and review progress. Students who are dismissed may be given a remediation plan if the student shows signs of potential improvement and/or has demonstrated extenuating circumstances that have impacted their academic progress. Upon successful completion of the plan, the student may be re-admitted with probation for one semester, The Unit head reserves the right to make all final decisions of admissions, retention and dismissal. Appeals may go to the Progression and Retention Committee of the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs.

Certification Exams

To receive a New York State initial certificate for teaching, candidates are required to achieve passing scores on the Educating All Students (EAS) test, the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), edTPA, and the Content Specialty Test(s) (CST) in the area of certification. {Visit the NYSTCE website for more information}. These tests are designed with new rigor to ensure that teachers will be prepared to teach New York State's Common Core K-12 curriculum. The Department offers workshops to help students prepare for these exams. DO NOT register for any exam without taking a workshop first and receive Departmental approval. Students who rake an exam without consultation with the Department, and who subsequently fail, will no longer be eligible for free supports and services offered by the Department. Vouchers are available to offset test fees for students experiencing economic hardship and who are in very good academic standing. Inquire within the department; there is a very limited supply of vouchers so inquire early.

Recommendation for State Licensure

To be recommended by the Teacher Education Unit for NYS licensure, the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete student teaching with a minimum grade of B
  • Complete Violence Prevention, Dignity for All Student Act, and Child Abuse and Neglect workshops
  • Earn overall GPA of 3.0 on all courses taken at York College
  • Complete all course work required for degree
  • Pass all four NYS certification exams

Effective Fall 2015, no new students will be admitted to the following programs: Anthropology Childhood Education, Black Studies Childhood Education, Biology Childhood Education, Chemistry Childhood Education, Economics Childhood Education, French Childhood Education, French Education / Middle School Extension, Music Childhood Education, Philosophy Childhood Education, Political Science Childhood Education, Psychology Childhood Education, Sociology Childhood Education and Speech Communication / Theatre Arts Childhood Education.