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Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program beyond the pre-professional stage is contingent upon:

  • Moving from a minimum 2.5 overall GPA (required for admission to professional stage) to an overall 2.67 GPA, which is required for student teaching
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 average in TAL courses


Fieldwork is required in almost all TAL courses. Students need to have at least one day a week available to be in a school placement during school hours.

Test Preparation

During the professional stage, students must also take and pass the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE), a prerequisite for student teaching. Students are encouraged to take the LAST early in their program. The TAL Department offers workshops as well as a non-credit course, TAL 399, to help students prepare for the LAST.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is usually completed in the last semester of the senior year. It is a full-time, 12-credit experience that consists of all-day student teaching in selected partnership schools, the student teaching seminar, and selected courses in Teaching and Learning.

Admission to student teaching is restricted to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Completed at least 100 credits with an overall grade point average of 2.67
  2. Completed all prerequisite TAL courses with at least a 3.0 average
  3. Passed the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE)
  4. Presented evidence of a negative TB test
  5. Attended an Orientation session with the Director of Field Experiences and School Relations.
  6. Completed an interview with a faculty member and received a positive reference from a professor.

Students must apply for admission to student teaching during the preceding semester.