Timeline for the Teacher Education Program

Teacher candidates should consult as early as possible with both their major advisor and the director of the teacher education program to which they wish to apply. Transfer students who have completed their sophomore year should apply for admission to the teacher education program as soon as they are admitted to the University. Only students who have been admitted to the teacher education program will be allowed to register for the pedagogy courses.

Oral Language Proficiency in English for Applicants whose Native Language is other than English
All applicants to teacher education programs whose native language is other than English must demonstrate oral language proficiency in English by taking the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL- iBT) Speaking Component with a minimum score of 28. At the discretion of the program director:

  • The iBT test will be required of applicants to foreign language (French, German, Italian, Spanish) education programs.
  • Students may be recommended for remediation courses in English as a Second Language if oral language proficiency is not appropriate to program goals. Satisfactory completion of these courses will be required for continuation in the teacher education program.
For information regarding TOEFL- iBT log on to: www.toefl.org

Pedagogy/Methods I Semester

  1. Enroll for first pedagogy course and the associated field experience.
  2. Begin taking the core education courses: PSY 327, SSE 350, CEF 347 and LIN 344 (CEE 505, PSY 595, CEF 547 and LIN 544 for graduate students).1
  3. In consultation with program faculty, candidates should consider taking the required NYSED certification tests: Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and/or the Educating All Students Test (EAS) during this semester, or later.
  4. 1 Students in the graduate TESOL program are not required to take LIN 544. Graduate students in foreign languages should take FLA 540 instead of LIN 544.

    While fingerprinting is required for state certification, many schools now require that candidates doing field experience or student teaching also be fingerprinted. Since it takes 2-3 months to get results back, teacher candidates are urged to have fingerprints taken during the first pedagogy course. Fingerprinting is offered several times each semester through the School of Professional Development. For more information, send an email to spd_graduationandcertification@stonybrook.edu, or visit the following web page: http://www.sunysb.edu/spd/career/tworkshops.html.

    Pedagogy/Methods II Semester

    1. Enroll for second pedagogy course, along with the corresponding field experience course, and complete all education and content requirements.
    2. New York State requires that all prospective teachers complete seminars in Child Abuse, Substance Abuse, School Violence Prevention, and Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (DASA - Dignity for All Students Act). These seminars are offered several times each semester, and students should enroll for them while taking the second pedagogy course. However, class size is limited, so sign up early. To obtain registration materials, contact the School of Professional Development at the address noted above.
    3. During this semester, or earlier, and in consultation with program faculty, it is recommended that candidates take the required NYSED certification tests: Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and Educating All Students Test (EAS). It is also recommended that the relevant Content Specialty Test (CST) be taken during this semester or before student teaching.
    4. Foreign Language Teacher Education students in French, German, Italian, and Spanish are required to participate in and receive a minimum proficiency rating of Advanced-Low. Foreign Language Teacher Education students in Chinese and Japanese are required to participate in an official ACTFL OPI and receive a minimum proficiency rating of Intermediate-High. Please refer to the Overview of Programs/Foreign Languages section of this Guide for further information.

    Student Teaching Semester

    1. Enroll for student teaching seminar and two supervised student teaching courses.
    2. During this semester, teacher candidates must take the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
    3. Contact Career Center to create a resume and establish a credentials file. Start applying for jobs.
    4. Apply for graduation.
    5. Certification: Midway through student teaching, you will either receive instructions relative to an application on NYSED's TEACH website for certification from the University's Certification Officer or a notification regarding any deficiencies. In order to receive an institutional recommendation, all students must submit a FERPA release form and information sheet which is appended to your instructions to the Teacher Certification Office. This is mandated by Federal law as Stony Brook may not release any information on a prospective candidate for license without this written release. Candidates for license must also access the TEACH online system to apply for license. This online application is in addition to and distinct from any information imparted by the University on a student's behalf to NYSED.
    6. Teacher Education Program candidates who are not native born or naturalized U.S. citizens, or who do not hold a permanent resident green card, may now achieve an initial certification and teaching license in New York State. However, they must either obtain a green card or become a naturalized citizen prior to obtaining a professional teaching license. There are no waivers from this requirement as set forth by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).