2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Aug 09, 2020  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Teacher Certification


Requirements for New York State Teaching Certificate

Completion of All Degree and Certification Requirements Prior to Graduation

The graduate degree may not be posted nor an official transcript produced without the completion of the relevant teacher certification requirements for the applicable graduate degree program. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • completion of all degree requirements for an approved teacher certification program at SUNY Cortland
  • completion of a workshop of three clock hours on Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (C.A.R.R.)
  • completion of a workshop of two clock hours on Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

Information about the two workshops is available through the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office.

Please consult your department with regard to additional specific certification requirements for your program.

Upon completion of all the degree requirements, the two workshops, and any departmental requirements, the graduate will be recommended by SUNY Cortland for certification to the New York State Education Department.

The New York State Education Department requires the following prior to actually awarding the teaching certificate:

Information about fingerprinting requirements is available at Career Services.

  • passing scores on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), respective Content Specialty Test (CST), and other appropriate tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations program

Information about and registration for the NYSTCE are available at Career Services as well as at the Counseling Center.

Criteria for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Specific criteria exist for admission to each teacher education program. Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average for admission into graduate-level teacher education programs is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; however, some programs require a higher undergraduate grade point average. Letters of recommendation, interviews and test scores also may be required. The specific program as listed in the catalog should be consulted for details. In addition, all applicants for teacher education programs are required to file an Application to the Teacher Education Program.

Examinations for Teacher Certificates

Persons making application for a New York State teaching certificate will be required to achieve a passing score on the appropriate tests in the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Program. The department should be consulted for details. NYSTCE registration information is available at the Counseling Center and Career Services.

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (C.A.R.R.)

All candidates seeking teacher certification must complete a minimum of three clock hours of instruction regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. This degree and certification requirement can be met by taking designated workshops on child abuse at SUNY Cortland, and completion of the workshop will appear on the transcript. This State Education Department mandate can also be met by completing a designated workshop through another New York State Education Department approved provider.

Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

All candidates seeking teacher certification must complete a minimum of two clock hours of instruction regarding school violence prevention training. This degree and certification requirement can be met by taking designated workshops on school violence prevention training at SUNY Cortland. This requirement is mandated as part of the NYS Save Legislation.

The Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (C.A.R.R.) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshops must be completed prior to graduation. Workshop dates may be accessed at the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office website.

Health and Human Development

All students seeking teaching certification must complete a course that includes "human developmental processes and variations, including but not limited to: the impact of culture, heritage, socioeconomic level, personal health and safety, nutrition, past or present abusive or dangerous environment, and factors in the home, school and community on students' readiness to learn - and skill in applying that understanding to create a safe and nurturing learning environment that is free of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and that fosters the health and learning of all students and the development of a sense of community and respect for one another." (New York State Department of Education Teacher Education Program Registry, 2000.)

This requirement may be met by taking one of the following courses: HLH 110, 199, 265 or 510. Students should consult their academic program/advisor regarding appropriate course selection.

Fingerprinting

All candidates, certified and non-certified, who wish to work in schools in New York State will be subject to fingerprinting regulations and background check prior to employment. Contact the Career Services Office for additional information and a fingerprinting packet.

Note: Some New York state districts require that candidates be fingerprinted and/or Board of Education approved prior to engaging in field experiences or student teaching.

Foreign Language Requirement

All candidates making application for an initial New York State certificate in early childhood, childhood, special education or adolescence education programs are required to demonstrate foreign language proficiency by successfully completing the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence or the equivalent.

The foreign language requirement can be met by:

  • Successfully completing the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence; or
  • Earning CLEP or AP credits through the 102 level; or
  • Confirming proficiency equivalent to successful completion of the second semester (102) of a college foreign language sequence, through a testing program approved by the Modern Languages Department.

Students With Disabilities Requirement

Commencing Fall 2011, all candidates admitted into a New York state teacher education program at the initial or advanced level, including transfer students, must take a three-credit-hour course on students with disabilities. The three-credit-hour course must focus on the following six areas:

  1. categories of disabilities
  2. identification of and remediation of disabilities
  3. special education processes as well as state and federal special education laws and regulations
  4. effective planning for co-teaching and collaboration with peers
  5. individualized instruction
  6. application of positive behavioral supports and interventions to address student and classroom management needs.

Completion of All Degree and Certification Requirements Prior to Graduation

The graduate degree may not be posted nor an official transcript produced without the completion of the relevant teacher certification requirements for the applicable graduate degree program.

Teaching Certificates

SUNY Cortland will recommend a candidate for the Initial Certificate when the candidate completes the requirements of a teacher education program leading to the initial teaching certificate.

In addition to completing program requirements, applicants for an Initial Certificate must successfully pass three New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST); Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W); and Content Specialty Test (CST.)

SUNY Cortland will recommend a candidate for the Professional Certificate when the candidate completes the requirements of a graduate-level teacher education program. Candidates will have five years to complete the master's degree leading to the professional certificate.

New York State Education Department has several new teacher and school building leader certification examinations currently under development. Candidates should be aware that new examinations may be in place by the time of their application for New York state certification.

Field Experience in Teaching

All teacher education candidates seeking the Initial Certificate are required to successfully complete a minimum of 100 hours of field experience in K-12 schools as part of their professional preparation program prior to student teaching. Arrangements for housing and transportation during all field experiences and student teaching are the responsibility of the candidate.

Note: Commencing Fall 2011, at least 15 hours of the total required field experience commitment for each program must focus on teaching students with disabilities.

Job Placement Availability

The New York State Education Department requires publication of statistics regarding labor market and job availability for teachers. Information may be accessed by visiting the following websites: www.aaee.org for national statistics, and www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/index.html for statewide statistics. In addition, specific departments should be contacted for information regarding Cortland graduates.

SUNY Cortland Teacher Certification Exam Pass-Rates

All graduates of teacher preparation programs must pass a New York State teacher certification exam in order to be granted Initial Certification in Teacher Education to teach in New York State. The following table presents the pass rates by 2008 SUNY Cortland graduates on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE).

Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy is assessed by the NYSTCE Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W).

Content Knowledge is assessed by the NYSTCE Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST).

Content Specialty is assessed by the NYSTCE Content Specialty Tests (CST).

SUNY Cortland’s pass rates for these exams are among the highest in New York state. The exceptional pass rates by Cortland graduates on the state exams demonstrate that the College has maintained the highest standards while attracting large numbers of students to outstanding teacher education programs. In fact, SUNY Cortland has the largest teacher education program on the East Coast and the thirteenth largest teacher education program in the United States.

The College’s traditional programs in childhood and physical education are long standing and highly recognized throughout the nation. Through its conceptual framework and placement of student teachers, SUNY Cortland is committed to preparing teachers to meet statewide demands within urban and rural areas.

Within SUNY, Cortland is the only college or university that provides disabilities education in five distinct areas: therapeutic recreation, special education, speech pathology and audiology, adapted physical education, and psychology of exceptionality (learning disabilities, mental retardation, ABA and behavior disorders). The Institute for Disability Studies provides faculty and students across the three schools with an opportunity to work directly in the community to support children and adults with disabilities. The Institute encourages the work of advocacy in numerous ways on a local, state and national level.

SUNY Cortland supports the fourth largest Migrant Education Outreach Program in New York, which provides educational, health and social services advocacy and academic support to school-aged children of migrant workers and their families in the schools, after school, at their homes and in the migrant labor camps.

Test Field/Category

SUNY Cortland

Statewide

 

Number Tested

 

Number Passed

 

Pass Rate

 

Pass Rate

Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy
ATS-W — Elementary Level

612

611

99.8%

100%

Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy
ATS-W — Secondary Level
208 208 100% 100%
Other Content Areas
LAST

826

820

99.3%

99%

Content Specialty Tests
CST

832 811 97.5% 94%

These data are presented in compliance with Section 207 of the Higher Education Act Title II. Program completers in this table are defined as undergraduate and graduate students receiving a degree between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 and who have taken the NYSTCE exams. While most graduates take one or more of these exams, they are not a graduation requirement at SUNY Cortland for bachelor's and master's programs.