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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 Lowrey
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. 

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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.

 

Student Teaching Placement Information

Students planning to participate in the student teaching experiences in September must submit to OSTC a placement form and profile sheet no later than February 15. Students planning to participate in the student teaching experiences in January must submit to OSTC a placement form and profile no later than September 15. Detailed information is available about student teaching placements.

 

Teacher Certification

Prior to a student’s final semester at Medaille College, a meeting is held for students who are expected to complete program requirements and apply for a teaching certificate. The meeting outlines the procedure for applying for both New York State and Province of Ontario teaching certificates. More information about certification in New York State and the Province of Ontario is available.

 

College Supervisors and Associate Teachers

Information and forms for College Supervisors and Associate Teachers has been provided by the Office of Student Teaching/Certification. Please call (716) 932-2623.

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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

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 the New York State Teaching Certificate are required to be fingerprinted. Details concerning the process can be found at the New York State Teacher Certification web site.

Students will need to complete the fingerprinting application through their TEACH account. After the application has been paid for, New York State will send the fingerprinting cards to the student’s home address. Once the fingerprinting cards are received, students may schedule an appointment with Sue Lowrey (susan.m.lowrey@medaille.edu or 716-932-2623) to have the fingerprints inked on the cards.

 

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.

You may choose to take the exams in either a paper based format or a computer based format.  Paper based examinations are typically offered eight Saturdays in Buffalo and/or surrounding areas throughtout the year.  Computer based examinations are offered at a higher price, but allow for greater flexibility in testing dates and locations.  For exam schedules, registration, locations and fees, visit the NYSTCE website, www.nystce.nesinc.com.

NYSTCE Updates Regarding Paper Based Exam Options

Effective September 1, 2013, the following NYSTCE tests will be offered as computer based tests ONLY.  They will no longer be offered as a paper-based tests:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
  • Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W)
  • Secondary ATS-W
  • English Language Arts CST
  • Multi-Subject CST
  • Social Studies CST
  • Students with Disabilities CST
  • Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS)

NYSTCE® 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:

  • Purchase NYSTCE® study guides, i.e., Barron’s, Kaplan, XAM, and other sources
  • Preparation courses in NYC
  • Paid tutoring by interested faculty members
  • Form small study groups

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