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Elementary Education Resources

Teacher Education Programs in Elementary/Childhood

The Warner School’s elementary teacher education programs prepare individuals interested in teaching elementary age students in New York State public schools and/or other contexts (such as charter schools and independent schools in the U.S., after-school programs and summer programs, or elementary schools in other countries). Our graduates become agents of change and promote high standards of teaching and learning among young students.

Children experience learning during their early years that shapes their views of themselves and the world around them—learning that can affect their later success in school, work, and their personal lives. Our programs prepare highly-qualified, dedicated teachers who play a key role during these formative years in determining the future of their students. They meet kids of all backgrounds where they are and support their success along the way.

Whether in private or public elementary schools across the world, or other informal learning settings, our graduates provide the tools and the environment for children to develop into responsible adults. Their students use various subjects, like math and literacy, as a way to make sense of the social and scientific world. And, their students bring rich and meaningful experiences to school that become valuable resources for curriculum development. Our graduate students learn how to develop appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for meeting the diverse learning needs of all children. Throughout the program, they approach curricular and pedagogical decisions as thoughtful practitioners with knowledge of social, historical, cultural, and political contexts of schooling and curriculum.

Our graduates are critically reflective practitioners who are committed to social justice, equity, and school reform. They have a deep understanding of the subjects they teach and the skills and understanding of teaching, learning, and development needed to help all students develop their potential. We prepare elementary teachers who lead efforts to advocate for full inclusion for students with disabilities in general education classrooms as part of their efforts to reform schools. And, they keep learning organic and teaching creative in the face of increasing demands.

Depending on the context you would like to teach in, and the credentials you may have already obtained, you may choose among the program options described below to best meet your career goals and situation. 
 
Non-certification program for elementary/childhood teachers:

This program has been designed for individuals who are not interested in obtaining or eligible to obtain New York State (NYS) teaching certification – as they are planning to teach elementary age students (between the ages of 5 to 12) in international, private or charter schools, or other informal learning settings, such as camps, clubs, or after-school programs.  As such, this option does not include field experiences or student teaching, and has more flexibility in terms of curriculum and electives.

Programs leading to NYS certification in elementary/childhood:
 
To teach in elementary public schools in New York State, you need to obtain initial teaching certification in childhood education (grades 1-6). Professional certification and a master’s degree are also eventually required. Our Warner elementary teacher preparation programs will provide you with all the coursework needed to apply for both NYS certifications. Provided you have the necessary content background, our program also allows you to pursue more than one certification at the same time and with minimal additional credits.

A key highlight of our elementary teacher preparation programs leading to NYS certification is how our faculty integrate urban education into the whole curriculum. We make it a part of every course so that students are equipped and prepared to work in all schools—particularly in some of our most underserved school districts where there is a shortage of high-quality and innovative teachers.

Select the option that best matches your situation:
 
MS program for individuals seeking NYS certification in elementary/childhood as their first teaching certification plus possible enhancements for inclusion, urban education, and reading:

Programs for current teachers seeking additional certification in elementary/childhood:
 
Programs for holders of initial certification in elementary/childhood education seeking professional certification:
Prerequisites for students seeking NYS certification
Any program leading to NYS certification requires the GRE exam or the Miller Analogies exam and a 3.0 GPA, effective fall 2016. Prerequisites for individuals seeking NYS certification at the childhood level include a bachelor’s degree with a major in liberal arts or science and one course in a language other than English (or equivalent).  Please check the detailed program of study for the program you are considering for specific prerequisites and other requirements for certification.
 
We expect students entering our teacher preparation programs to have already fulfilled these prerequisites. If this is not the case, you may still be allowed to enter our programs at the discretion of your advisor; you will, however, have to take the needed coursework before the end of the program in order to be recommended for certification to the New York State Education Department. Some subject matter courses taken at the graduate level can be used as electives in a master's program, provided that they are taken at the graduate level and have been approved by your advisor as part of your program of study.

New Graduate Entrance Exam Requirement for Teacher Applicants
New York State has approved and enacted a law that requires all colleges and universities with graduate-level teacher and educational leadership programs to require candidates to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or a substantially equivalent admission assessment, effective July 1, 2016. Teacher candidates may submit the Academic Literacy Skills Test(ALST), which is also a requirement for certification. See the full announcement to understand what is now required and how that impacts students starting in Summer and Fall 2016 and beyond.

New York State Certification Exams
The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires initial teaching certification candidates to pass the following examinations before they will be eligible for certification:
  • edTPA
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  • Revised Content Specialty Test (CST)
Information regarding the examinations is available at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/index.asp
 
The Warner School strongly recommends that you pass the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) in the discipline in which you are pursuing a base certification before you begin student teaching. Not doing so may place your student teaching placement in jeopardy.