Student Classification and Prerequisites
Candidates who meet all prerequisites and admission requirements will be accepted and classified as matriculants.
Candidates without a sufficient undergraduate background in the liberal arts and sciences will be required to take recommended prerequisite courses in accordance with New York State certification requirements. Sufficient college-level background includes: English, mathematics, science, social studies, information retrieval, artistic expression, a language other than English, and a 30-credit concentration in a liberal arts and science academic subject. Candidates will be able to take the necessary prerequisite courses at Mercy College.
Undergraduate prerequisites for students seeking the initial certificate in Childhood, Early Childhood, the Dual Certifications programs or the Tri-Certification program are:
- Mathematical Processes - 6 credits
- Scientific Processes - 6 credits
- Historical and Social Sciences - 6 credits
- Language other than English - 3 credits*
- Information Retrieval - 3 credits
- Communications/Humanities/Written Analysis and Expression - 3 credits
- Artistic Expression - 3 credits
A course in Child Development or Developmental Psychology is required.
Since the ability to communicate effectively in English with pupils in the classroom is considered paramount, all candidates seeking teacher certification are expected to demonstrate competencies in oral and written English.
Upon matriculation, the candidate is assigned an advisor from the Office of Student Services. Each candidate must consult with the advisor, program chair or his/her designee regarding required courses and electives for the program of study selected, and to develop a plan of study for degree completion.
Full-time candidates may take nine to twelve credits per semester. No candidate may exceed twelve credits per semester. Part-time candidates may take three to six credits per semester. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
The courses in the programs have a mandatory online component that enables candidates to interact with the instructor and with one another between class meetings. The purpose of the online component is to encourage interaction among candidates and enrich the learning experience using technology as a learning and communication tool.
Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the graduate degree. Permission to transfer credits must be requested at the time of admission and official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to the program chair or associate dean for evaluation. Transfer credit is limited to six semester hours of credit for courses taken within the last five years in which the student has received a grade of B or better. Transfer credits are not recorded as part of the GPA. Courses with a grade of B- or below are not transferable.
After matriculation, candidates may not register for courses at another institution with the intention of transferring credit to Mercy College unless written permission from the Associate Dean is obtained prior to registering for courses. If prior approval is not received, transfer credit will not be accepted.
Maintenance of Matriculation
It is expected that candidates will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering during successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintenance of Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration.
Candidates who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintenance of Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed term. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.
Maintenance of Good Academic Standing
The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is 3.0. A student admitted with specific academic conditions is required to achieve a 3.0 GPA or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by the student’s respective program. Grades are subject to review by the associate dean and program chair at the end of each term. If the academic GPA falls below 3.0, the student may be dismissed or placed on academic probation.
Academic Probation and Dismissal Review
Please refer to the college policies in the Academic Regulations and Procedures section of the course catalog.
If, for unforeseeable and extenuating circumstance, a teacher candidate has been unable to complete all course assignments, and has been in attendance for the full term, and has completed the majority of the course assignments, she/he may request an incomplete grade. The issuance of an incomplete grade is at the discretion of the course professor and is not automatic. If granted, the “AGREEMENT FORM FOR INCOMPLETE GRADE” must be completed by both the professor and the teacher candidate.
After receiving the assignment(s) by the specified due date, the professor will grade the assignment(s), and will contact the registrar and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to have the final grade changed based upon the accomplishment of the course objectives according to a specified evaluation plan as presented in the course syllabus.
If the assignment(s) are not completed by the specified due date, the professor reserves the right to change the grade to that which the candidate had earned before requesting the incomplete, or to let it remain a permanent incomplete as outlined in the Mercy College Graduate Catalog.
The School of Education Degree must be completed within five years from the date of the candidate’s admission (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exceptions will only be made if a candidate requests an extension in writing and receives the approval of the school dean.
All School of Education degree, advanced certificate and non-degree candidates must register for and establish an electronic portfolio account through TaskStream. TaskStream accounts are free for candidates and faculty. Course instructors have the information needed to set up an account, if you do not already have one, or to renew a previous account. Candidates will contribute assignments to the portfolio throughout their program of study and will include the course key assessments and specific assignments as required by the candidate’s degree or advanced certificate program. The key assessments are critical to our program improvement efforts and to continuing accreditation. A student’s final course grade for courses with a key assessment cannot be submitted until all necessary assessments have been uploaded to TaskStream.
The completed e-Portfolio is the capstone requirement in all School of Education degrees and certificate programs and successful evaluation of the e-Portfolio is required for the degree or certificate.
Organization of the Program
Candidates in both the Initial and Advanced Teacher certification programs follow a three-transition point progression through the program leading to the completion of degree and certification requirements.
Transition Point One: Admission to Program
Admission is determined by transcript analysis and GPA review. Candidates admitted to an initial certificate program must pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) within 12 credits of registration in order to continue to register. Additionally, candidates must pass the Educating All Students (EAS) within 24 credits of registration, in order to continue to register.
Transition Point Two: Admission to Clinical Practice
Candidates seeking initial certification in Early Childhood, Childhood, Secondary or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, must complete a clinical practice to meet degree and certification requirements. Depending on your current classroom employment and teaching experience candidates will register for either:
EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience
EDUC 713 Seminar in Teaching — Open to candidates who are employed as teaching assistants or paraprofessionals.
EDUC 537 Current Critical Issues in American Education - Open to candidates who are the teacher of record in a private, charter or parochial school.
The “Student Teaching Experience” or “Seminar in Teaching” course provides the candidate with an on-site college supervised classroom experience in a school. Appropriate course registration is determined by current or prior classroom experience. Candidates are expected to demonstrate all competencies during the clinical practice experience.
Candidates seeking Initial certification must also complete specific methods courses and pass the relevant Content Specialty Test(s) within the first 27 credits of registration in order to proceed in the program and to register for the appropriate clinical course.
Students in the Advanced Teacher programs in Childhood, Early Childhood, and Secondary Education will register for course EDUC 537, “Current Critical Issues in American Education” and will complete an action research comprehensive project and may be required to complete additional student teaching and fieldwork hours to meet certification requirements.
Admission to clinical practice requires candidates to apply for placement the semester prior to the anticipated course registration. Applications should be submitted in TaskStream to the Office of Clinical Practice and Certification in the School of Education at the Dobbs Ferry Campus.
Clinical Practice Application Deadlines:
Spring........................... October 15
Effective for spring 2014, initial candidates will also need to receive a passing score on the edTPA, Teacher Performance Assessment, which will be completed during the clinical practice course. Successful completion of the edTPA is a New York State certification requirement.
Transition Point Three: Completion of Program
Upon completion of the capstone project and all other degree requirements, the School of Education will process the candidate’s application for certification. All prerequisite course requirements must be satisfied prior to seeking certification. Program completion requires a 3.0 GPA. Initial New York State certification also requires achieving qualifying scores on the Academic Literacy Test, ALST, the Educating All Students Test, EAS, and the Content Specialty Test (CST), in the area of each certificate being requested and receiving a passing score on the edTPA assessment.
Other certification requirements include:
- Participation in a Child Abuse Awareness seminar and a Violence Identification and Prevention seminar; and completion of the Dignity for All Students Workshop (DASA).
- Fingerprint Clearance.
- Only United States citizens, or those who declare their intention to become United States citizens, are eligible for New York State certification.