|EDU 237/EDU 237L
If you are an Adolescent Education in Biology (7-12) (7-12) FAQ major, you will apply for upper division in your second semester, sophomore year, if the following have been taken and met:
In order to be admitted to upper division (and allowed to take upper division education courses), the following must be accomplished:
- An overall quality point average of 2.75 or better for all completed college courses.
- A quality point average of 2.75 or better in all education courses (SED & EDU prefixes).
- A grade of “C” or better in EDU 203 Learning Theory.
- A grade of “B” or better in EDU 237 Instructional Design.
- A grade of "C" or better in SED 270 Introduction to the Nature & Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities.
Graded papers from each class must also be submitted:
- The research paper from EDU 203 with instructor’s comments and grade earned.
- The research paper from SED 270 with instructor’s comments and grade earned.
- The instructional unit for EDU 237 with instructor’s comments and grade earned.
- You must compile and submit on-line an upper division teaching portfolio for review by education department during spring semester of your sophomore year.
This will also include:
- An emergent professional resume, must include original resume with feedback from Career Services and revisions.
- An emergent comprehensive development plan.
- An emergent dispositional self-assessment.
- A dispositional interview.
No. The Biology department’s requirements and most of your science requirements to complete your degree are different from education requirements. While you are learning the core classes in the Biology department for your future teaching science from 7th-12th grade, almost all of your pedagogy classes will be housed and required by the education department; see the Coordinator of Adolescent Education Programs with any questions.
- Educating All Students Test (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) - Biology
- edTPA - Secondary Science
- Educating All Students Test (EAS): Sophomore/Junior Year
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Biology: Senior Year
- edTPA - Secondary Science: Senior Year (During Student Teaching)
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 email to all education students via the list-serve.
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 and/or the Coordinator of Adolescent Education Programs about this when the time comes.
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!
Pathway: Approved Teacher Preparation Program 05/01/2014
This pathway refers to programs specifically designed and registered with the New York State Education Department to qualify students for New York State teacher, pupil personnel, or administrative certification. Specified non-coursework requirements, such as the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and fingerprint clearance, must also be satisfied.
You need to finish your bachelor’s degree in Biology adolescent education (7-12). You also need to complete the following NYS workshops: Project SAVE, child abuse training, Dignity for All Students (DASA). Contact the Certification Officer--Amherst Education Programs to address any questions in regard to being recommended.
The bachelor’s cert code is needed when you apply for your certification through your TEACH account. When you actually do apply, the TEACH system will ask you what you are applying for.
Here is what you will need when you do that:
Area of Interest: Classroom Teacher
Subject Area: Biology
Grade Level: Adolescent – Grades 7-12
Title: Biology 7-12
Type of Certificate: Initial Certificate
Institution Code: Daemen College
Award Title: Bachelors of Science
Program Code: 24060
Currently, we do not.
Keep in mind at Daemen, we are concerned with you finishing your degree and getting your certification based on your major. Any extension(s) would be between NYSED and you.
NYSED recommends the following:
- Go to the Office of Teaching web site: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/.
- Once there, click on Topics A-Z.
- Then, scroll down to Certificate Requirements.
- Then select your area of interest, etc. and click the search button. You need to look for the pathway called Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate
- Must Hold a Valid Certificate.
Under that, you will see all the requirements for an additional certificate. Then click on each requirement for more information and explanation of coursework.
You apply for the additional certificate through TEACH, but you would not use a program code.
You have to send official transcripts either to your local BOCES (the one closest to where you live) or to NYSED after you apply for your additional certificate(s), depending on who you designate as the evaluator when you apply in TEACH.