The Education faculty are committed to the development of knowledgeable, ethical, and reflective teachers. Steeped in a strong liberal arts tradition, the programs focus on the development of teachers as educational professionals, leaders, reflective practitioners, and global citizens.
General Requirements in Teacher Education Programs
Because of the importance of having outstanding people serve as teachers in our nation’s schools, those interested in teaching careers should be aware of several requirements that apply at Oneonta. In addition, the programs have been revised to ensure they are current and provide the best sequence of courses and experience. Students should contact their advisor for current information.
New York State Testing Program
Students graduating after April 30, 2014 will be required to complete new NYS Teacher Certification Examinations: the Educating All Students Test, the Academic Literacy Skills Test, and the Revised Content Specialty Test. They are also required to complete the EdTPA: Teacher Performance Assessment (portfolio). New York State regulations require that each applicant for an initial certificate submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on each test.
Foreign Language Requirements
There are two Foreign Language Requirements that must be met: (1) SUNY General Education, and (2) New York State Teacher Education. Please see advisement document and/or advisor for further details.
All individuals making application for teaching certificates are required to have completed the required curriculum in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse or maltreatment. This requirement is satisfied by completing EDUC 213.
School Violence and Safety
All individuals making application for teaching certificates are required to have completed curriculum in school violence prevention and intervention, as well as preventing child abduction, preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, providing safety education and providing instruction in fire and arson prevention. This requirement is satisfied by completing EDUC 213.
Dignity for All Students
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all teacher candidates complete 6 hours of training/coursework that addresses harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This requirement is satisfied by completing EDUC 213 or by attending an approved workshop. Students are responsible for completing this requirement.
All individuals making application for teaching certificates are required to satisfy the fingerprint investigation. Candidates are encouraged to do this early in the program.
Students should anticipate that part of their preparation will occur in public-school settings/agencies and should be prepared for the additional travel and/or expense that this could entail. Students should also be prepared to dress professionally when visiting schools and agencies.
Each program of preparation requires at least 100 clock hours of field experience as well as one full semester devoted to college-supervised student teaching in a school setting.
EDUC/EPSY courses may not be more than five (5) years old. Required courses in other content areas may not be more than ten (10) years old.
Courses listed on the teacher education transfer template as not accepted by Oneonta can be reviewed by the appropriate department chair to determine whether additional work completed can be substituted for the required courses (EDUC 106, EDUC 206 or EPSY 240 or 250).