Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are FAQ’s?

FAQ stands for “frequently asked questions.” In conjunction with the philosophy and theme of the Department of Education of providing answers to frequently asked questions, we have added this component to our department’s website.

We will try to have diverse questions that will assist students to figure out what’s going on out there in the world of education: both here at Daemen College and elsewhere. You should start your journey here because chances are this question (that is, YOUR question) has been asked before.

2. What tests do I need to take, and pass, in order to secure my certification?

Refer to the following NYS website: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/

The link to the New york State Teacher's Certification Examinations is: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com

3. After I have graduated, do I enter a master’s program to secure a professional certificate or an initial/professional certificate?

If you are not adding an additional certificate, you would enroll in a program seeking a master’s degree in education with a professional certificate. For example, if you graduated with a degree in childhood education and you want to get a master’s in childhood education, then you would enroll in a professional certificate master’s program. HOWEVER, if you are adding a certificate, you would need to enroll in an initial/professional certificate program. For example, say you graduated with a childhood education degree, and you also want to secure your teaching certificate in special education, you are, in effect, adding a certificate and, as such, you will have to enroll in an initial/professional certification program.

4. What is the difference between initial/professional and professional certification programs?

The major differences are the number of credits between initial/professional (min. 39 credits) and professional (30 credits). Also, student enrolled in initial/professional will have to student teach again.

5. What are the requirements to secure a professional teaching certificate?

In addition to the master’s degree, you must have three years of teaching experience.

6. How long do I have to secure a master’s degree (and either an initial/professional or professional certification)?

As of February, 2005, you have five years to complete the master's degree from the time you secure your certification from New York State.

7. Can I get an extension to complete the master’s degree?

It is possible. Currently, the requirement for earning a master's degree is five years after a person gets certified in New York. Although there is a process for an extension, you will have to meet one of several conditions. Please refer to the following NYS website for additional information regarding extensions: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/

8. What year do you start student teaching?

Technically, student teaching is your “capstone” exercise for completing your degree and will propel you to begin your professional teaching career, graduate school or both; thus, student teaching is completed in your senior year. Some students teach in the fall semester, some in the spring. Speak to your advisor about this when the time comes. Please also refer to the Daemen College catalogue and/or your curriculum design. You will find yours is in the Education Department Office—DS 352.

9. What master’s programs does Daemen College offer?

Read a full description of our graduate education programs.

10. What is the Thomas Reynolds Center?

The Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs was established to provide services to school-age children and their families in order to assist students from partner school districts in bridging the academic gap these students are currently exhibiting. Read a full description of the Thomas Reynolds Center.

11. When should we take our teacher tests?

Please refer to the New york State Teacher's Certification Examinations at

http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsl2011.html

12. What are ways to prepare for New York State Teacher Certification Examinations?

For preparation guides go to: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_viewSG_opener.asp

The link to the New york State Teacher's Certification Examinations is: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com

Also, from time to time, we hear of special preparation classes. If you know of any let one of the faculty members know and we will send an e-mail to all education students via the list-serve.

13. Can you request who/where you’d like to be placed to student teach?

When you apply to student teach, on the application there is a section asking for the name and contact information for someone you are requesting to student teach with. We try to honor this, but sometimes this may not work out. But we do our best!

14. Can you explain fingerprinting?

As part of your certification, in addition to passing the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, you will need to be fingerprinted (you will also have to attend project SAVE and complete a workshop on child abuse). The best place to have all of your questions answered about fingerprinting is this website: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ospra/index.html

15. What, when and where is Project SAVE?

The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE) was signed into law in July 2000 to improve school safety in response to the rise of violence in our schools. Daemen offers Project SAVE at no cost to the students who are about to participate in student teaching. BOCES will also be able to provide this training, however, there is a fee for this.

16. Can you explain about the child abuse on-line course? In order to secure your certification, you must have child abuse training. This can be accomplished at

http://www.childabuseworkshop.com/

17. How many service hours do I need to preform in order to graduate from Daemen?

Currently, all education majors must take PHI 232 Learning Through Service. While enrolled in this class, each student needs to complete 60 hours of service. This is a requirement of the class. Additionally, each student must comply with the number of hours that are required for various methods courses as part of your curricula. All hours for PHI 232, methods courses and any community involvement should be turned in to the Service Learning Department.

18. How do I apply for upper division? In order to be admitted to upper division (and allowed to take upper division classes), the following must be accomplished:

An overall quality point average of 2.55 or better for all completed college courses.
A quality point average of 2.55 or better in all Education courses.
A grade of “C” or better in EDU 203 Learning Theory. 
A grade of “C” or better in EDU 217 Facilitating Reading Literacy for Regular & Special Needs Learners at the Primary Level.

A grade of “C” or better in EDU 237 Instructional Design.

A grade of "C" or better in SED 270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Children with Disabilities

Upper Division Rubric
Must compile and submit a Teaching Portfolio for review by department during Spring Semester of Sophomore Year. An  is available in DS 352, as well as sample portfolios for your review.

19. What classes are categorized by upper and lower division classes?

 

INCLUSIVE ED/
CHILDHOOD .
CHILDHOOD ED. EARLY CHILD/
SPECIAL ED
     
LOWER
DIVISION
LOWER
DIVISION
LOWER
DIVISION
     

EDU 203

EDU 203

EDU 103

EDU 237

EDU 237

EDU 203

SED 270

SED 270

SED 270

EDU 217

EDU 217

ECSE 221

EDU 313

EDU 218

ECSE 279

SED 340

EDU 267

EDU 217

EDU 218

EDU 313

EDU 237

EDU 267

 

ECSE 222

SED 364

 

ECSE 280
EDU 303

     
UPPER
DIVISION
UPPER
DIVISION
UPPER
DIVISION
     

EDU 316

EDU 316

EDU 321

SED 363

EDU 319

EDU 326

SED 401

EDU 320

EDU 327

EDU 319

SED 371

ECSE 324

EDU 320

EDU 327

EDU 320

SED 371

EDU 473

SED 371

EDU 327

EDU 474

ECSE 325

EDU 475

 

EDU 471/ EDU 472

SED 476

 

ECSE 473/ ECSE 474

 

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