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Program Requirements

  • You must complete all the course work listed in your Degree Requirements and achieve an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • You must participate in a minimum of 100 hours of Field Experience, prior to Student Teaching.
  • You must pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)/Assessment of Teaching (LAST/ATS-W/CST). For complete information about the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, visit the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations Web site.
  • In order to be certified to teach in New York State, all students pursuing a teacher education degree must participate in two workshops, a School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop (Project S.A.V.E.) and a Child Abuse Identification Workshop. These workshops should be taken in your last two semesters of your degree program.
  • In order to student teach or receive your New York State teaching certificate or apply for employment in a school district, charter school or boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES), New York State requires you to satisfy a Fingerprint Investigation for a criminal history background check. LIU Post recommends that you participate in the fingerprinting prior to student teaching. Visit the “Fingerprinting” section of the New York State Education Department Web site for more information and directions on how to apply. If you are a certified teacher who has already been fingerprinted by the New York State Education Department database before July 1, 2001, you do not need to be reprinted.
  • You must participate in Student Teaching for one semester, full-time. This generally occurs in your last semester of study.

See Teaching Certification Requirements for details.

Additional Requirements

Policy on Grades Below B

The student must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 in the College of Education and Information Sciences and in Earth Science content courses. In addition, any student who receives grades below B (B-, C+, C, C-, F) in two graduate courses is considered to have an academic deficiency. A student who earns a third grade below (B) in Earth Science may lose his or her matriculated status or may be dismissed from the graduate program. A student with two grades below a B (B-, C+, C, C-, F) in Earth Science will be required to take an additional course or take a course over again, with permission of the department. The student must receive a B or better in that course. An exception to the requirement to take an additional course may be made, at the department’s discretion, for a student who has two B- grades.