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Welcome to the Office of Student Teaching & Certification

The Office of Student Teaching & Certification is responsible for the early field experiences, student teaching, and teacher certification for Medaille College’s Division of Education students. 

Our office is located in 81 Humboldt Ave, on the Buffalo Campus, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo NY.
Phone: (716) 932-2623 or (800) 292-1582
Fax: (716) 932-2634

Mrs. Crystal Elias
Director, Student Teaching and Field Experiences
18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214
Crystal.A.Elias@medaille.edu

Susan Beier
Office Manager, Canadian Education Programs and Office of Student Teaching/Certification
18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214
Susan.m.lowrey@medaille.edu

Deborah Barcaro
Secretary, Canadian Education Programs and Office of Student Teaching/Certification
deborah.barcaro@medaille.edu

Early Field Experience and Pre-Student Teaching

As part of the program requirements, all education students are required to complete early field experience hours. The number of required early field experience hours varies by program. 

BSED Adolescent Education with Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)

BSED Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 6)

MSED Adolescent Education

MSED Elementary Education

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Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of the educational preparation process. It is where students have the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through coursework at Medaille College. This exciting opportunity allows students the ability to learn through a hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom associate teachers and a college supervisor.

Medaille College student teachers participate in two, full-time eight week student teaching placements. Student teaching requirements, policies, and procedures are outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook.

 

Forms Needed for the Student Teaching Experience

Lesson Plan Descriptor

Student Teaching Requirements Chart

Grade K-3 Student Evaluation Survey

Grade 4-6 Student Evaluation Survey

Grade 7-12 Student Evaluation Survey

Student Teaching Exit Checklist

 

Forms Used to Evaluate the Student Teacher

Lesson Plan Assessment Form (completed by the College Supervisor)

Lesson Observation Form (completed by the College Supervisor)

Associate Teacher Midway Performance Evaluation (completed by the Associate Teacher)

Associate Teacher Summary Performance Evaluation (completed by the Associate Teacher)

College Supervisor Summary Performance Evaluation (completed by the College Supervisor)

 

Student Teaching Timetable

During the fall semester, student teaching normally begins in early September and concludes by the second week of December. For the spring semester, mid-January is the start date for student teaching with an ending date of mid-May.

 

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Associate Teachers

Associate Teachers play a key part in the development of a student teacher. They may be called upon for advice in areas such as classroom management, planning and evaluating, and selection of instructional media. Associate Teachers serve as a mentor, modeling best teaching practices for the student teacher. The student teacher looks to the Associate Teacher for suggestions, guidance, support, advice, encouragement, and assistance in identifying areas of strengths as well as areas that need improvement.

 

The Associate Teacher Handbook is designed to serve as a reference tool during the student teaching experience.

 

Forms for Associate Teachers

Associate Teacher Stipend Form

Associate Teacher Midway Performance Evaluation

Associate Teacher Summary Performance Evaluation

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College Supervisors

College Supervisors play an integral role in the development and mentoring of a future education. They serve as a liaison between the Office of Student Teaching/Certification, the associate teacher, and the student teacher. The College Supervisor is also responsible for observing and evaluating the student teacher as well as guiding them and their associate teacher through the student teaching experience.

 

All of the information and forms that College Supervisors need are included in the College Supervisor Quick Reference Guide.  

 

All original assessment forms should be given to the student teacher as they are completed.

Lesson Plan Descriptor

Lesson Plan Assessment Form

Lesson Observation Form

College Supervisor Summary Performance Evaluation

Student Teaching Progress Monitoring Report

College Supervisor & Associate Teacher Survey

Mileage Reimbursement Form

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Teaching Certification

Medaille College offers education programs that lead to institutional recommendations in a variety of New York State teaching certificates/ The Office of Student Teaching & Certification is committed to offering assistance to our students and graduates to help navigate the certification process. While we are glad to offer our expertise, please remember that certification is the responsibility of the individual student or graduate.

As of May 1, 2014, New York State has changed the certification guidelines and requirements http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp. Dr. Lane, Head of the Division of Education, has offered this letter to help graduates who did not complete the certification mandates by the May 1, 2014 deadline.

New York State Teacher Certification Exams
Fingerprinting
Requirements for Graduation and Teacher Certification
Certification Recommendation Forms
Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Application/Instructions
NYSTCE® Certification

 

New York State Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective New York State teachers must pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools.

 

Fingerprinting

All student teachers applying for New York State Teaching Certificate are required to be fingerprinted. NYSED has implanted changes in the process of fingerprinting application and fingerprinting cards. Please note the dates of changes:

New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) is eliminating the use of the current NYSED managed fingerprinting process which includes all NYSED Livescan fingerprinting systems and the current “ink and roll” card submission

June 26, 2015 Last day to mail fingerprint cards to NYSED for processing (rejection rates are significantly higher for “ink and roll” cards, therefore, individuals may have to submit several sets of cards to successfully complete the fingerprint process).

August 3, 2015 Contact Morpho Trust, after August 3, to schedule an online appointment for the fingerprinting application and fingerprinting.

 

Requirements for Graduation and Teacher Certification

Refer to your specific program for the graduation and certification requirements.

 

Certification Recommendation Forms

In order to be recommended by Medaille College for a NYS Teaching Certificate, each student must complete and submit the recommendation form for their specific certification area(s).

BSED Early Childhood/Childhood Education (complete and submit both pages)

BSED Adolescent Education & Students with Disabilities (complete and submit both pages)

MSED Adolescent Education

MSED Elementary Education

MSED Literacy Birth-Grade 6

MSED Literacy Grade 5-12

MSED Literacy Birth–Grade 12 (complete and submit both pages)

MSED Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6

MSED Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12

 

Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Application/Instructions 

Information on registering with and applying to the Ontario College of Teachers

 

NYSTCE® Certification

Prospective New York State teachers must pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools.

Students applying for NYS certification AFTER 4/30/2014 are required to pass the following exams:

  • EAS (Educating All Students)
  • ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test)
  • CST (Content Specialty Test) in their content area
    • BSED and MSED Elementary Education students will take the CST: Multi-Subject exam
    • BSED Adolescent students will take the CST in Students with Disabilities AND the CST in their content area (example:  Math, English, Biology, Social Studies)
    • MSED Adolescent students will take the CST in their content area (example:  Biology, Chemistry, French, Social Studies, English, or Math)
    • MSED Students with Disabilities students will take the CST in Students with Disabilities
    • MSED Literacy students will take the CST in Literacy
  • edTPA (Educational Teacher Performance Assessment)
    • This exam will be completed during the student teaching experience.

 

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NYSTCE Exam Preparation

NYSTCE® Exam Preparation

There are numerous options to help you prepare for the NYSTCE® exams, including study guides in PDF format on the NYSTCE® website. Other options include:

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NYSTCE Safety Net Update

New York State Teacher Certification Exam Emergency Safety Nets Update

The edTPA Safety Net has been extended and additional safety nets have been created for the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS), and redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs). Any exam requirement to be satisfied by one of the safety nets must be satisfied on or before June 30, 2016. You can take advantage of more than one safety net.

Reference 

 

Educator Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

Any candidate who takes the edTPA exam and receives a failing numeric score, may choose to take and pass the ATS-W exam on or before June 30, 2016 in lieu of retaking and passing the edTPA. Candidates who previously passed the ATS-W (prior to May 1, 2014) may use that score.

 

Educating All Students (EAS)

A temporary “Safety Net passing score” will be established. If a candidate has previously taken and failed the EAS, he/she may be deemed to have passed the EAS, if he/she scored at or above the Safety Net passing score. Beginning in late June, candidates who previously failed the EAS, but scored at or above the Safety Net passing score, will be notified that they have now been deemed to have passed the assessment.  The new Safety Net passing score is 500.  Those currently taking the EAS through June 30, 2016 need not take any action; the submission will be evaluated automatically.  After June 30, 2016, the original EAS passing score (non-Safety Net) of 520 will be used.

 

Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)

Any candidate who takes and fails the ALST can submit an attestation signed by the dean or chief academic officer of their school of education, attesting that candidate has demonstrated comparable literacy skills consistent with what would be assessed by the ALST through course completion and that the candidate received a 3.0 GPA or higher in such coursework. Attestation form available. This will be implemented retroactively.

 

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

Candidates who take and fail one of the eligible redeveloped CSTs will have the option of taking the corresponding predecessor CST (the Safety Net CST) in lieu of retaking the redeveloped CST.  There is no safety net for new exams. The redeveloped CST must be taken and failed first.  Candidates who take a Safety Net without first taking the corresponding eligible redeveloped CST may not use that Safety Net CST for certification. In that instance, the candidate will have to retake the Safety Net CST after receiving a failing score on the redeveloped CST.

Candidates taking a redeveloped CST with multiple parts must take and submit all parts of the redeveloped CST, but need only fail one part of the three part assessment to be eligible for the Safety Net.

The Safety Net CSTs will be computer based.  Pearson anticipates that it will be able to offer the Safety Net CSTs beginning in July and the Safety Net CSTS will continue to be offered through June 30, 2016. Candidates can register and pay for the Safety Net CST through the NYSTCE website.

The following CSTs are covered by the redeveloped CST Safety Net:

  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1-Grade 6)
  • Students with Disabilities

 

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