Teacher Education Program
The department offers programs leading to New York State initial certification, which is also recognized in many other states. All candidates for teacher certification in New York State must also pass the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and be fingerprinted at their own expense.
Childhood Teacher Certification (grades 1-6)
Students may prepare to teach at the childhood level by completing the elementary teacher certification program. Education practica in this program are completed in a variety of public and private elementary settings in the Geneva area. Student teaching must be completed at the first through sixth grade levels. Students may pursue most majors offered at the Colleges. Students also complete a series of distribution requirements, described at the end of this page.
Childhood and Students with Disabilities Teacher Certification (grades 1-6)
The students with disabilities certification program at the Colleges is intended to prepare students to work in a variety of school settings with children with a range of disabilities. In addition to completing all of the requirements described above for childhood certification, students pursuing childhood special education certification must also take four courses in special education offered by the education, psychology, and sociology departments and must complete two additional teacher seminars in special education. Student teaching is carried out in both general elementary classrooms and in special education settings.
Adolescent Teacher Certification (grades 7-12)
Students prepare for secondary certification by attending teacher seminars and by tutoring and assistant teaching in secondary schools. This teaching is conducted in the subject area in which they are preparing to teach. Presently, the Colleges are licensed to prepare teachers of English, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, French, Spanish, Latin, and mathematics. Secondary certification candidates must meet certain requirements regarding their area of concentration and must student teach at the seventh grade level or higher in the subject area in which they seek certification.
Teacher Certification in Art (grades P-12)
Students may prepare to teach art in preschool through grade 12. Students pursuing certification in art complete their fieldwork in art classrooms in kingergarten through high school and student teaching is carried out at both the elementary and secondary levels. In addition to the distribution requirements, students pursuing certification in art must also complete a 12-course major in studio art (as described elsewhere in the Colleges' catalogue) with the proviso that the major include either four art history courses, or three art history courses and a course in aesthetics (PHIL 230); and that the art history courses address at least two historical periods or cultures.
Distribution Requirements for Certification
In addition to completing the education practica and teacher seminars as noted above, all students pursuing certification must fulfill the following distribution requirements:
- One natural science course (biology, chemistry, geoscience or physics, lab recommended),
- One social science or history course (two recommended),
- One fine arts course (art history is acceptable),
- One literature course (English, French, Spanish, German or classics) and
- Two courses in a language other than English (or placement at or above the second year level in a language).
Note: Distribution requirements are subject to change as New York state publishes new rules for certification.
The following education practica must be completed by all students planning to complete a teacher certification program. Students must be enrolled in a teacher certification program in order to register for any of these practica. Education practica carry no academic credit, but do appear on transcripts and are counted toward teacher certification by New York State. Students in these practica are required to spend at least 40 hours a semester working in local classrooms.
091 Tutor Practicum I
092 Tutor Practicum II
Tutor practica are completed by students during their first two semesters in a teacher certification program. These practica provide students with field experiences in local classrooms. Students are required to spend at least 40 hours a semester in a local classroom. In addition to observing master teachers at work, tutors are expected to help individual students with academic work, monitor the completion of guided practive by students, and plan and teach lessons to small groups of students. These practica run concurrently with teacher seminars, and provide the field component for those seminars.
Assistant Teacher Practica
093 Assistant Teacher Practicum I
094 Assistant Teacher Practicum II
Assistant teacher practica are completed by students during their third and fourth semesters in a teacher certification program. These practica provide students with field experiences in local classrooms. Students are required to spend at least 40 hours a semester working as assistant teachers in local classrooms. Assistant teachers are expected to teach lessons to small groups of students and to help individuals as needed. While taking on further responsibility for the entire classroom, they are expected to teach an increasing number of large group lessons. These practica run concurrently with teacher seminars, and provide the field component for those seminars.