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Program Requirements

  • You must complete all the course work listed in your Degree Requirements (Liberal Arts Core and Major) and achieve an overall G.P.A. of at least 2.75 and 2.80 in your major.
  • You must participate in 100 hours of Field Experience.
  • 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.
  • You must participate in 360 hours of Student Teaching of which 110 hours must consist of actual instruction. Student teaching is the culminating field experience. Students are required to have completed all of the courses in their plans of study prior to student teaching. Students must apply for student teaching in the previous semester. As part of the application process, the students must complete a portfolio which will include, though not be limited to, their completed application, samples of their written work, lesson plans, and a videotape of their practicum teaching. Students must complete the exit exam and interview and maintain a G.P.A. of 2.75 overall and 2.80 in the major. Student teachers are required to be in their assigned school from Monday to Friday for the complete school day. Students must follow the calendar of the school district in which they have been placed. Students who have completed all requirements for their degree including student teaching are eligible for New York State Certification providing they have passed the NYS licensing exams. (Information concerning the scheduling of these exams may be obtained from the departmental advisor.)