School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of Education

Patricia Tempesta, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair

The Department of Education coordinates all teacher education programs, both undergraduate and graduate, for the School of Humanities and Sciences. In addition to providing courses required for H&S teacher education programs, the department offers a limited number of open elective courses. The department also promotes educational outreach for teacher education programs campuswide by sponsoring seminars, workshops, and conferences for teachers and prospective teachers. It administers a number of formal partnerships with area schools, including Partnership in Teaching, Access to Education (ACE), Ithaca College-South Hill School Partnership, Ithaca College-Boynton Middle School Partnership, and the Ithaca College-Frederick Douglass Academy Partnership.

The Office of Teaching and Certification, housed in the Department of Education, assists all teacher education students with issues pertaining to teacher certification. This office also maintains data on all student teacher placements, facilitates cooperating teacher payments, and serves as the chief liaison with the New York State Education Department on all teacher education matters.

Undergraduate teaching certification programs are offered in the following areas:

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

• Health Education

• Health Education and Physical Education

• Physical Education

School of Humanities and Sciences

• Art

• Biology

• Chemistry

• English

• French

• German

• Mathematics

• Mathematics-Computer Science

• Physics

• Social Studies

• Spanish

School of Music

• Music Education

• Performance/Music Education

Overall, Ithaca College students who complete the teacher preparation program consistently score in the 98th percentile or higher on the New York State Teacher Certification Exams. For more information, see the website for the New York State Education Department's Office of Teaching Initiatives.

New York State Education Department Office of Teaching Initiatives

Required Core Program

The following required core program is for all teacher education candidates in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For requirements in other schools' teacher education programs, see the listings under those schools.

EDUC 21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

 3

COMP 20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

 2

EDUC 10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

 2

EDUC 23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

 2

EDUC 22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

 2

PSYC 21010

Educational Psychology

 3

EDUC 34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

 3

EDUC 40810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

 3

EDUC 40510

Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher or

EDUC 41010

Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher or

EDUC 41110

Pedagogy and Practice for the English Teacher or

EDUC 41210

Pedagogy and Practice in the Teaching of Social Studies or

EDUC 41310

Pedagogy and Practice of Teaching Languages Other Than English

 3

EDUC 41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

 3

EDUC 49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC 11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

 0

EDUC 11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

 0

Total, required core in education

38

Additional Requirements

1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2 or above. Some departments require two years of language study; consult departmental requirements.

2. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG 10600 or above.

3. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in their subject. Some departments require a higher GPA; consult departmental requirements. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is completed.

4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in the pedagogy sequence to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

5. EDUC 49810 Professional Semester in Education and EDUC 41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

6. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills (written), and the content area exam.

7. The student's department chair and the education department chair in the School of Humanities and Sciences must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

8. During the semester of student teaching, the student may not play a college sport.