Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


School of Education

Dean, Kenneth Gold, BA, MA, Phd

Department of Educational Studies

Chairperson and Associate Professor Ruth Powers Silverberg

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Chairperson and Associate Professor Margaret Berci

(See the Graduate Catalog for information on master’s degree programs.)

The College of Staten Island offers a full selection of programs to prepare students for certification as teachers at all levels. Students at the College do not major in Education; they major in academic subjects and complete a sequence of courses in teacher education that provides the academic work necessary for a recommendation for initial certification by the State of New York. Students seeking initial certification from the State Education Department of New York must pass the appropriate teacher certification examinations.

Education courses are identified and the descriptions arranged alphabetically according to the following designations:

EDA - Supervision and Administration

EDC - Early Childhood

EDD - General Education

EDE - Childhood Education (Elementary Education)

EDL - Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

EDM - Middle School Education

EDP - Special Education

EDS - Adolescence Education (Secondary Education)

(Graduate courses are described in the Graduate Catalog )


A New York State mandated minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork is required before student teaching.

Academic Major

Students in the Early Childhood Education program and in the Childhood Education program must complete the requirements for the major in Science, Letters, and Society leading to the BA degree. Completion of all degree requirements for the Science, Letters, and Society major with the Early Childhood Education sequence may require at least 124 credits.

General Criteria for Entry into the Education Sequences

Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to enroll in introductory (foundations) education courses (EDC 105, EDC 108, EDC 215, EDE 200, EDE 260, EDS 201, EDS 202). Students whose GPAs are below 3.0 but above 2.9 may appeal for special permission to enroll in an introductory foundations course. All students apply for admission to an educational sequence while enrolled in one of the 200-level foundations courses listed above. Applicants must have already taken the NYSTCE Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST). Students who are denied admission to the an educational sequence may appeal the decision. Instructions for the appeal processes, including deadlines, are available in the School of Education office located in Building 3S, Room 208.

Criteria for Continuing in the Educational Sequences

Students must develop and maintain a program portfolio as outlined in the program handbook. Students must earn a C+ or above in each education class. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirement

Because most required education courses are non-liberal arts and sciences, students in education usually do not have room for non-liberal arts and sciences courses beyond those required for the education sequence. Students who take other non-liberal arts and sciences courses may find that they need to take more than 120 credits to complete their degree. Education courses that fulfill the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement are marked (LA&S).

Teacher certification is governed by the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Departments. These requirements are subject to change. Students are advised to contact the Department of Education for the latest degree requirements.