Our Teacher Education Programs provide strong preparation in teaching to the New York State Learning Standards and helps teacher candidates develop a sound understanding of the educational needs of students across the range of developmental levels encompassed by the certificate. Course work and practical experiences in a variety of communities enable students to work effectively with a diverse student population and to practice skills for interacting with parents or caregivers. Several of the education courses, starting from the freshman year, require extensive field work and close collaboration with local schools.

The Education Department, in collaboration with other departments in the School of Arts and Sciences and area schools, provides a series of learning activities and field experiences leading to initial New York State teacher certification in:
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Visual Arts Education (Grades K-12)
Additional course work and fieldwork prepare students for dual certification in the following areas: 

  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)/
    Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) /
    Middle Childhood Specialist (Grades 5-9)
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) /
    Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
  • Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) /
    Middle Childhood Specialist (Grades 5-9)
  • Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) /
    Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)
Students interested in teaching visual arts across all grade levels may major in studio art, art education, art history, or art therapy. A description of the program of courses leading to initial Certification for Teaching Visual Arts Grades K-12 is included in the Art section of the website.

The Education Department values a strong academic major for teachers and educators in all fields. As this is also the position adopted by the teacher education movement across the country, the School of Arts and Sciences requires an academic major along with the teacher certification program. The following are acceptable majors for candidates in the childhood education certification area: art history, biology, chemistry, classics, communication arts, economics, English, French, history, interdisciplinary studies, Latin, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and Spanish.

Students preparing to teach in the area of adolescence education must major in a subject taught on that level, are therefore more limited in their choice of a major. Acceptable majors for adolescence education students include: biology, chemistry, English, French, history, Latin, mathematics, and Spanish.

Most teacher education programs are designed for a B.A. degree which requires students to earn a minimum of 90 credits in liberal studies. Depending on the academic major and area of certification, students may need to exceed the minimum requirements of 120 credits.

Certification programs are subject to change by the New York State Education Department without prior notification.

The Education Department has an articulation agreement with Westchester Community College to facilitate their graduates’ entrance into the teacher education programs. Individuals from other two- and four-year colleges are also successfully accommodated in the programs. Transfer students must meet with the department chair before registering for any classes. These students are expected to meet CNR program standards. Therefore, transfer credits in teacher education program courses with grades below B will be accepted only at the discretion of the department chair.

Courses in the teacher education programs are taught by over 12 full-time faculty from the Education, English, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, and Physical Education departments, as well as by carefully selected adjunct faculty who are practitioners in the field. Teachers, reading specialists, and administrators from local schools occasionally teach departmental courses off campus, in nearby public school buildings.

Admission to the Education Department
Students from the School of Arts and Sciences are allowed to enroll in three courses, EDU 118, EDU 120, and EDU 239Z, before applying for formal admission to a teacher education program. After the completion of 45 credits of college study, students will be required to file a written application of admission. Typically students will file during the spring semester of their sophomore year, prior to the advisement period, after completing the three department courses.

Requirements for admission to the Education Department include the following:
  • Written application form with writing sample
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 after 45 credits of college study and no outstanding incomplete grades
  • B competency in all Education Department program course work
  • Evidence of having taken the N.Y.S. Teacher Certification Examination in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Recommendations from fieldwork supervisors
  • Recommendations from advisor in major department
  • Competency level performance on a standardized measure of reading comprehension. Mathematics competency is evaluated by performance in liberal arts core math course.

Through an agreement with the CNR Graduate School, qualified students can begin taking graduate school courses during their senior year. These courses count toward the undergraduate degree and may be applied towards the graduate degree once accepted to the Graduate School.

Student Teaching
During the senior year, teacher candidates student teach in two settings (an upper and a lower grade level) within their area of certification. Student teaching is full time, except for one afternoon each week during which students meet on campus for a seminar with their college supervisor. Students are advised to limit their involvement in other college courses during the student teaching semester, and to take no more than one additional three-credit course.