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Initial Teacher Preparation

Curriculum and Teaching

The Program in Curriculum and Teaching is designed for teachers, administrators, and other educators who: (1) have received formal professional preparation in preschool through grade twelve teaching at an accredited college or university, and/or; (2) hold, or are eligible to receive, teacher certification.

Students will have opportunities to become expert in such areas as curriculum development, school change and reform initiatives, action research and other school-based inquiry strategies, and will gain perspectives on teaching as complex intellectual activity. The overarching intention of the program is to assist educators who expect to exert leadership in their school settings and with their colleagues.

Any applicant seeking initial teacher certification should apply for the preservice, or initial certification, M.A. program in Early Childhood Education or Elementary/Inclusive Elementary Education.

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FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Art and Art Education

At Teachers College Columbia University we approach art and art education and the practices and theories that inform it in an integrated, research-oriented and imaginative way. Positioned within Teachers College, one of the leading schools of education in the world, the Program in Art and Art Education has made a significant contribution to the field both nationally and internationally.

Teachers College has a lively and dynamic theory-practice-research culture. All faculty are educators and artists with significant publication-exhibition profiles, actively involved in research as well as teaching.

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for

PROFESSIONAL teacher certification:

ARTE-Visual Arts (All Grades)

 

As a new student in the Master of Arts: ARTE-Art & Art Education (All Grades) PROFESSIONAL program, please know that in order for you to be able to obtain a NYSED-Professional teaching certificate as a Visual Arts Teacher (All Grades), you must first have met the following requirements:

 

  • Hold a valid NYS- Visual Arts (All Grades)-INITIAL teaching certificate
  • Have met the below NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” pre-requisites required for- Visual Arts (All Grades)-INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL teacher certification*:

 

  • ·Traditional Math content courses – 3 cr
  • ·Traditional Science content courses – 3 cr
  • ·English courses (i.e. grammar, literature, writing) – 3 cr
  • Concept in Historical and Social Sciences (i.e. political science, economics, sociology,

       geography)– 3 cr

  • ·Foreign Language (i.e. other than English)– 3 cr

 

  • Have met the below NYSED-“Content Core” required for- Visual Arts

(All Grades):

 

  • Visual Arts - 30 cr**

 

* The Office of Teacher Education (OTE)- will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” and inform you in writing of deficiencies if any.  You may complete deficient coursework outside of Teachers College at the undergraduate or graduate level, or you may take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to test out of the requirement.  You may then submit any additional transcript(s) or CLEP to the OTE for re-evaluation.  Please contact ote@tc.columbia.edu , if you have questions about these requirements.

 

**Your Academic Program will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED “Content Core”— Visual Arts (All Grades) requirement.  Kindly contact your academic advisor, if you have questions about this requirement.

 

  • If you are found with no deficiencies, then no action is needed.

 

Interstate Reciprocity -NYSED requirements: If you do not hold a valid NYS- Visual Arts (All Grades)-INITIAL teaching certificate, and (A) have completed an out-of-state approved teacher preparation program or (B) hold an out-of-state certificate, then follow the information below pertaining to your status:

 

A) If you have completed a:College Teacher Education Program in another U.S. State” then you must:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program, in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 Undergraduate GPA
  • Complete and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCEs)
  • EAS
  • CST-Visual Arts
  • edTPA-Visual Arts
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

 

B) If you hold an:Endorsement of a Classroom Teaching Certificate” then you must:

 

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application
  • Have three years of certified public school teaching experience in that subject, within five years of the application date---Note:  Paid experience (minimum 3 years) must be completed at that certified state
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The NYSED cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until they have reviewed the applicant’s credentials. 

 

To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail to the NYSED:

  • Official transcripts from every college/University attended
  • Photocopies of every teaching certificate issued to the applicant in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired)

 

Conditional Initial certificate

 

To receive the NYS-Conditional Initial teaching certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program (option A), in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Pass the EAS, and CST exams
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The Conditional Initial certificate is valid for one year, during which time the applicant must complete/PASS the New York State edTPA in order to obtain NYS-Initial certification.

 

Upon successful completion of the edTPA, a NYS-Initial teaching certificate will be issued with the same effective date of issuance as the Conditional Initial certificate.   The INITIAL teaching certificate is valid for five years from the effective date of issuance of the Conditional Initial certificate.

 

  • Conditional Initial certificates are not eligible for time-extensions.
  • The Conditional Initial certificate does not lead to a Professional certificate application, it leads to an INITIAL teaching certificate application.

 

If an applicant does not meet the NYS-requirements for the Initial certificate prior to the expiration of the Conditional Initial certificate, the NYSED will “disapprove” the Initial teaching certificate application. 

 

The applicant will ONLY be eligible for certification in the same subject by completing one of the following:

 

 

  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for the Professional certificate through the Individual Evaluation pathway (if available)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)” pathway (option A)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “Endorsement of Certificate” pathway (option B)

 

International students: While upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Arts degree, please be aware that the NYSED will not grant you PROFESSIONAL teacher certification.

 

Reference:

1. Program must be similar to a New York State approved teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University.
2. Certificate must be active in the state of issuance.
3. A “regular” certificate, in an equivalent subject area and similar grade-level, that has no limits/restriction.

Music and Music Education

Welcome to the program in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. This rich heritage and legacy provides a foundation upon which current faculty and students engage with contemporary issues in music education, especially those associated within our urban setting.

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for

PROFESSIONAL teacher certification:

MUSC-Music (All Grades)

 

As a new student in the Master of Arts: MUSC-Music Education (All Grades) PROFESSIONAL program, please know that in order for you to be able to obtain a NYSED-Professional teaching certificate as a Music Teacher (All Grades), you must first have met the following requirements:

 

  • Hold a valid NYS- Music (All Grades)-INITIAL teaching certificate
  • Have met the below NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” pre-requisites required for- Music (All Grades)-INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL teacher certification*:

 

  • ·Traditional Math content courses – 3 cr
  • ·Traditional Science content courses – 3 cr
  • ·English courses (i.e. grammar, literature, writing) – 3 cr
  • Concept in Historical and Social Sciences (i.e. political science, economics, sociology,

       geography)– 3 cr

  • ·Foreign Language (i.e. other than English)– 3 cr

 

  • Have met the below NYSED-“Content Core” required for- Music

(All Grades):

 

  • Music - 30 cr**

 

* The Office of Teacher Education (OTE)- will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” and inform you in writing of deficiencies if any.  You may complete deficient coursework outside of Teachers College at the undergraduate or graduate level, or you may take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to test out of the requirement.  You may then submit any additional transcript(s) or CLEP to the OTE for re-evaluation.  Please contact ote@tc.columbia.edu , if you have questions about these requirements.

 

**Your Academic Program will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED “Content Core”— Music (All Grades) requirement.  Kindly contact your academic advisor, if you have questions about this requirement.

 

  • If you are found with no deficiencies, then no action is needed.

 

Interstate Reciprocity -NYSED requirements: If you do not hold a valid NYS- Music (All Grades)-INITIAL teaching certificate, and (A) have completed an out-of-state approved teacher preparation program or (B) hold an out-of-state certificate, then follow the information below pertaining to your status:

 

A) If you have completed a:College Teacher Education Program in another U.S. State” then you must:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program, in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 Undergraduate GPA
  • Complete and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCEs)
  • EAS
  • CST-Music
  • edTPA-Music
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

 

B) If you hold an:Endorsement of a Classroom Teaching Certificate” then you must:

 

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application
  • Have three years of certified public school teaching experience in that subject, within five years of the application date---Note:  Paid experience (minimum 3 years) must be completed at that certified state
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The NYSED cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until they have reviewed the applicant’s credentials. 

 

To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail to the NYSED:

  • Official transcripts from every college/University attended
  • Photocopies of every teaching certificate issued to the applicant in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired)

 

Conditional Initial certificate

 

To receive the NYS-Conditional Initial teaching certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program (option A), in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Pass the EAS, and CST exams
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The Conditional Initial certificate is valid for one year, during which time the applicant must complete/PASS the New York State edTPA in order to obtain NYS-Initial certification.

 

Upon successful completion of the edTPA, a NYS-Initial teaching certificate will be issued with the same effective date of issuance as the Conditional Initial certificate.   The INITIAL teaching certificate is valid for five years from the effective date of issuance of the Conditional Initial certificate.

 

  • Conditional Initial certificates are not eligible for time-extensions.
  • The Conditional Initial certificate does not lead to a Professional certificate application, it leads to an INITIAL teaching certificate application.

 

If an applicant does not meet the NYS-requirements for the Initial certificate prior to the expiration of the Conditional Initial certificate, the NYSED will “disapprove” the Initial teaching certificate application. 

 

The applicant will ONLY be eligible for certification in the same subject by completing one of the following:

 

 

  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for the Professional certificate through the Individual Evaluation pathway (if available)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)” pathway (option A)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “Endorsement of Certificate” pathway (option B)

 

International students: While upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Arts degree, please be aware that the NYSED will not grant you PROFESSIONAL teacher certification.

 

Reference:

1. Program must be similar to a New York State approved teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University.
2. Certificate must be active in the state of issuance.
3. A “regular” certificate, in an equivalent subject area and similar grade-level, that has no limits/restriction.

Physical Education

The Movement Science and Education/Kinesiology program at Teachers College, Columbia University has a long tradition of excellence. We were the first program in the United States to offer both the master's and doctoral degree in this field and for over a century have been a leader in graduate education.  Since the inception of Teachers College as a premiere graduate school of education, psychology and health, we have been a pioneer in research and application related to physical education, exercise and physical activity. Our doctoral programs in Movement Sciences and Education and Kinesiology are among the best in the nation. The program offers four specializations: Applied (Exercise) Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Education.

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for

PROFESSIONAL teacher certification:

PHED-Physical Education (All Grades)

 

As a new student in the Master of Arts: PHED-Physical Education (All Grades) PROFESSIONAL program, please know that in order for you to be able to obtain a NYSED-Professional teaching certificate as a Physical Ed. Teacher (All Grades), you must first have met the following requirements:

 

  • Hold a valid NYS- Physical Education (All Grades)-INITIAL teaching certificate
  • Have met the below NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” pre-requisites required for- Physical Education (All Grades)-INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL teacher certification*:

 

  • ·Traditional Math content courses – 3 cr
  • ·Traditional Science content courses – 3 cr
  • ·English courses (i.e. grammar, literature, writing) – 3 cr
  • Concept in Historical and Social Sciences (i.e. political science, economics, sociology,

       geography)– 3 cr

  • ·Foreign Language (i.e. other than English)– 3 cr

 

  • Have met the below NYSED-“Content Core” required for- Physical Education

(All Grades):

 

  • Physical Education - 30 cr**

 

* The Office of Teacher Education (OTE)- will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” and inform you in writing of deficiencies if any.  You may complete deficient coursework outside of Teachers College at the undergraduate or graduate level, or you may take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to test out of the requirement.  You may then submit any additional transcript(s) or CLEP to the OTE for re-evaluation.  Please contact ote@tc.columbia.edu , if you have questions about these requirements.

 

**Your Academic Program will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED “Content Core”— Physical Ed. (All Grades) requirement.  Kindly contact your academic advisor, if you have questions about this requirement.

 

  • If you are found with no deficiencies, then no action is needed.

 

Interstate Reciprocity -NYSED requirements: If you do not hold a valid NYS- Physical Ed. (All Grades)-INITIAL teaching certificate, and (A) have completed an out-of-state approved teacher preparation program or (B) hold an out-of-state certificate, then follow the information below pertaining to your status:

 

A) If you have completed a:College Teacher Education Program in another U.S. State” then you must:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program, in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 Undergraduate GPA
  • Complete and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCEs)
  • EAS
  • CST-Physical Education
  • edTPA-Physical Education
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

 

B) If you hold an:Endorsement of a Classroom Teaching Certificate” then you must:

 

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application
  • Have three years of certified public school teaching experience in that subject, within five years of the application date---Note:  Paid experience (minimum 3 years) must be completed at that certified state
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The NYSED cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until they have reviewed the applicant’s credentials. 

 

To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail to the NYSED:

  • Official transcripts from every college/University attended
  • Photocopies of every teaching certificate issued to the applicant in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired)

 

Conditional Initial certificate

 

To receive the NYS-Conditional Initial teaching certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program (option A), in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Pass the EAS, and CST exams
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The Conditional Initial certificate is valid for one year, during which time the applicant must complete/PASS the New York State edTPA in order to obtain NYS-Initial certification.

 

Upon successful completion of the edTPA, a NYS-Initial teaching certificate will be issued with the same effective date of issuance as the Conditional Initial certificate.   The INITIAL teaching certificate is valid for five years from the effective date of issuance of the Conditional Initial certificate.

 

  • Conditional Initial certificates are not eligible for time-extensions.
  • The Conditional Initial certificate does not lead to a Professional certificate application, it leads to an INITIAL teaching certificate application.

 

If an applicant does not meet the NYS-requirements for the Initial certificate prior to the expiration of the Conditional Initial certificate, the NYSED will “disapprove” the Initial teaching certificate application. 

 

The applicant will ONLY be eligible for certification in the same subject by completing one of the following:

 

 

  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for the Professional certificate through the Individual Evaluation pathway (if available)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)” pathway (option A)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “Endorsement of Certificate” pathway (option B)

 

International students: While upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Arts degree, please be aware that the NYSED will not grant you PROFESSIONAL teacher certification.

 

Reference:

1. Program must be similar to a New York State approved teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University.
2. Certificate must be active in the state of issuance.
3. A “regular” certificate, in an equivalent subject area and similar grade-level, that has no limits/restriction.

Teaching of English

Welcome to the Program in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Our website will introduce you to the eight different degree tracks that are sponsored by our Program. These tracks cover three different doctoral degree sub-programs and five different masters degree sub-programs. While each of our degree sub-programs overlaps significantly with others, each one also has unique features in the learning opportunities it affords its students and in the students whose needs it serves.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for

PROFESSIONAL teacher certification:

ENGL-English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)

 

As a new student in the Master of Arts: ENGL-Teaching of English (Grades 7-12) PROFESSIONAL (ENGL) program, please know that in order for you to be able to obtain a NYSED-Professional teaching certificate in English Language Arts (Grades 7-12), you must first have met the following requirements:

 

  • Hold a valid NYS- English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)-INITIAL teaching certificate
  • Have met the below NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” pre-requisites required for- English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)-INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL teacher certification*:

 

  • ·Traditional Math content courses – 3 cr
  • ·Traditional Science content courses – 3 cr
  • ·English courses (i.e. grammar, literature, writing) – 3 cr
  • Concept in Historical and Social Sciences (i.e. political science, economics, sociology,

       geography)– 3 cr

  • ·Foreign Language (i.e. other than English)– 3 cr

 

  • Have met the below NYSED-“Content Core” required for- English Language Arts

(Grades 7-12):

 

  • English - 30 cr**

 

* The Office of Teacher Education (OTE)- will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” and inform you in writing of deficiencies if any.  You may complete deficient coursework outside of Teachers College at the undergraduate or graduate level, or you may take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to test out of the requirement.  You may then submit any additional transcript(s) or CLEP to the OTE for re-evaluation.  Please contact ote@tc.columbia.edu , if you have questions about these requirements.

 

**Your Academic Program will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED “Content Core”— English Language Arts (Grades 7-12) requirement.  Kindly contact your academic advisor, if you have questions about this requirement.

 

  • If you are found with no deficiencies, then no action is needed.

 

Interstate Reciprocity -NYSED requirements: If you do not hold a valid NYS- English Language Arts (Grades 7-12)-INITIAL teaching certificate, but (A) have completed an out-of-state approved teacher preparation program or (B) hold an out-of-state certificate, then follow the information below pertaining to your status:

 

A) If you have completed a:College Teacher Education Program in another U.S. State” then you must:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program, in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 Undergraduate GPA
  • Complete and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCEs)
  • EAS
  • CST-English Language Arts
  • edTPA-English Language Arts
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

 

B) If you hold an:Endorsement of a Classroom Teaching Certificate” then you must:

 

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application
  • Have three years of certified public school teaching experience in that subject, within five years of the application date---Note:  Paid experience (minimum 3 years) must be completed at that certified state
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The NYSED cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until they have reviewed the applicant’s credentials. 

 

To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail to the NYSED:

  • Official transcripts from every college/University attended
  • Photocopies of every teaching certificate issued to the applicant in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired)

 

Conditional Initial certificate

 

To receive the NYS-Conditional Initial teaching certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program (option A), in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Pass the EAS, and CST exams
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The Conditional Initial certificate is valid for one year, during which time the applicant must complete/PASS the New York State edTPA for Initial certification.

 

Upon successful completion of the edTPA, an Initial teaching certificate will be issued with the same effective date as the Conditional Initial certificate.   The INITIAL teaching certificate is valid for five years from the effective date of issuance of the Conditional Initial certificate.

 

  • Conditional Initial certificates are not eligible for time-extensions.
  • The Conditional Initial certificate does not lead to a Professional certificate application, it leads to an INITIAL teaching certificate application.

 

If an applicant does not meet the NYS-requirements for the Initial certificate prior to the expiration of the Conditional Initial certificate, the NYSED will “disapprove” the Initial teaching certificate application. 

 

The applicant will ONLY be eligible for certification in the same subject by completing one of the following:

 

 

  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for the Professional certificate through the Individual Evaluation pathway (if available)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)” pathway (option A)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “Endorsement of Certificate” pathway (option B)

 

International students: While upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Arts degree, please be aware that the NYSED will not grant you PROFESSIONAL teacher certification.

 

Reference:

1. Program must be similar to a New York State approved teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University.
2. Certificate must be active in the state of issuance.
3. A “regular” certificate, in an equivalent subject area and similar grade-level, that has no limits/restriction.

Teaching of Social Studies

Welcome to the program in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. We live in challenging times. Problems on the near horizon, including global climate change, mass violence, deteriorating social welfare, and human rights violations can lead to cynicism and social decline. Yet we paradoxically live in a time of hope and opportunity as the rise of social media foils the despotic reach of governments, new technologies create space for robust public discourse, and education stands front and center as the last great hope of humanity's aim to live peaceably, sustainably and humanely. Social educators are crucial contributors in helping shape this uncertain future. 

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements for

PROFESSIONAL teacher certification:

SSTE-Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

 

As a new student in the Master of Arts: INSTEP-Teaching of Social Studies (Grades 7-12) PROFESSIONAL (SSTE) program, please know that in order for you to be able to obtain a NYSED-Professional teaching certificate in Social Studies (Grades 7-12), you must first have met the following requirements:

 

  • Hold a valid NYS- Social Studies (Grades 7-12)-INITIAL teaching certificate
  • Have met the below NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” pre-requisites required for- Social Studies (Grades 7-12)-INITIAL/PROFESSIONAL teacher certification*:

 

  • ·Traditional Math content courses – 3 cr
  • ·Traditional Science content courses – 3 cr
  • ·English courses (i.e. grammar, literature, writing) – 3 cr
  • Concept in Historical and Social Sciences (i.e. political science, economics, sociology,

       geography)– 3 cr

  • ·Foreign Language (i.e. other than English)– 3 cr

 

  • Have met the below NYSED-“Content Core” required for- Social Studies

(Grades 7-12):

 

  • Social Studies - 30 cr**

 

* The Office of Teacher Education (OTE)- will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED--“General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences” and inform you in writing of deficiencies if any.  You may complete deficient coursework outside of Teachers College at the undergraduate or graduate level, or you may take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to test out of the requirement.  You may then submit any additional transcript(s) or CLEP to the OTE for re-evaluation.  Please contact ote@tc.columbia.edu , if you have questions about these requirements.

 

**Your Academic Program will review your transcript(s) for the NYSED “Content Core”— Social Studies (Grades 7-12) requirement.  Kindly contact your academic advisor, if you have questions about this requirement.

 

  • If you are found with no deficiencies, then no action is needed.

 

Interstate Reciprocity -NYSED requirements: If you do not hold a valid NYS- Social Studies (Grades 7-12)-INITIAL teaching certificate, and (A) have completed an out-of-state approved teacher preparation program or (B) hold an out-of-state certificate, then follow the information below pertaining to your status:

 

A) If you have completed a:College Teacher Education Program in another U.S. State” then you must:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program, in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 Undergraduate GPA
  • Complete and pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCEs)
  • EAS
  • CST-Social Studies
  • edTPA-Social Studies
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

 

B) If you hold an:Endorsement of a Classroom Teaching Certificate” then you must:

 

  • Possess a valid2, comparable3 , U.S. State or Territory certificate in the subject of the application
  • Have three years of certified public school teaching experience in that subject, within five years of the application date---Note:  Paid experience (minimum 3 years) must be completed at that certified state
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2.50 undergraduate GPA
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The NYSED cannot comment on an applicant’s eligibility for certification through reciprocity until they have reviewed the applicant’s credentials. 

 

To receive a review, an application and fee must be on file, and the following documents must be submitted by mail to the NYSED:

  • Official transcripts from every college/University attended
  • Photocopies of every teaching certificate issued to the applicant in a U.S. State or Territory (including those that have expired)

 

Conditional Initial certificate

 

To receive the NYS-Conditional Initial teaching certificate, the applicant must satisfy the requirements below:

 

  • Complete a comparable.1 approved teacher preparation program (option A), in the subject of the application, at a college in another U.S. State or Territory that would lead to an institutional recommendation for certification in the state the college is located
  • Undergo Fingerprint Clearance
  • Pass the EAS, and CST exams
  • Complete all required workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

 

The Conditional Initial certificate is valid for one year, during which time the applicant must complete/PASS the New York State edTPA in order to obtain NYS-Initial certification.

 

Upon successful completion of the edTPA, a NYS-Initial teaching certificate will be issued with the same effective date of issuance as the Conditional Initial certificate.   The INITIAL teaching certificate is valid for five years from the effective date of issuance of the Conditional Initial certificate.

 

  • Conditional Initial certificates are not eligible for time-extensions.
  • The Conditional Initial certificate does not lead to a Professional certificate application, it leads to an INITIAL teaching certificate application.

 

If an applicant does not meet the NYS-requirements for the Initial certificate prior to the expiration of the Conditional Initial certificate, the NYSED will “disapprove” the Initial teaching certificate application. 

 

The applicant will ONLY be eligible for certification in the same subject by completing one of the following:

 

 

  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for the Professional certificate through the Individual Evaluation pathway (if available)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “College Teacher Education Program (outside New York)” pathway (option A)
  • Apply and satisfy the requirements for a Professional certificate through the “Endorsement of Certificate” pathway (option B)

 

International students: While upon completion of the program, you will receive a Master of Arts degree, please be aware that the NYSED will not grant you PROFESSIONAL teacher certification.

 

Reference:

1. Program must be similar to a New York State approved teacher preparation program completed at a New York State College/University.
2. Certificate must be active in the state of issuance.
3. A “regular” certificate, in an equivalent subject area and similar grade-level, that has no limits/restriction.