Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

School of Education

School of Education

Building 3S, Room 208

Phone: 718.982.3720


Teaching is a vital profession, perhaps now more than ever.To do it well requires passion and dedication but also a fundamental understanding of children and learning, proficiency in a variety of pedagogies, the ability to formulate a sound plan, and the wisdom to know when to deviate from it. To do it well rewards you with deep relationships with children and adolescents and psychic pleasure in watching them learn and grow under your tutelage. To do it well in the 21st century results in opportunities for many students that they would not otherwise have. The School of Education is committed to following these principles as it enhances its academic offerings and co-curricular opportunities in ways that meet the needs of students, schools and communities.

The School of Education includes the following departments: Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Studies.

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 (Graduate Catalog)

EDC - Early Childhood

EDD - General Education

EDE - Childhood Education (Elementary Education)

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

EDM - Middle School Education (Graduate Catalog)

EDP - Special Education

EDS - Adolescence Education (Secondary Education)


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 School of Education for the latest degree requirements.