I know you have had many questions related to how the COVID-19 emergency has impacted your studies. The New York State Department has issued guidance to all Educator Preparation Programs on March 30, 2020. After thorough discussions internally, we want to assure you that everything is being done to make sure that this public health emergency has minimal impact upon your successful completion of your course of study, as well on the NYSED certification process.This State Guidance impacts candidates in the following programs:
What you need to know:1.
- Any program for B-12 teachers, and/or
- Any program that requires the edTPA, and/or
- Any program that requires NYS certification exams, and/or
- Any program with clinical experiences.
We will be submitting on your behalf an Alternative Model Plan that describes to the State how your clinical experiences are being met despite school and agency closures. Clinical experiences include:
- Student teaching, residencies or practica
- Field experiences prior to student teaching
- Transitional B and C mentoring
- Leadership experiences
- School counseling and school psychology internships
If your program requires you to take the edTPA, you can either take the ATS-W in its place, take the edTPA and if you fail it, take the ATS-W. You can only take the edTPA if you have completed your hours and video prior to COVID or have been teaching through a virtual learning environment. You must consult the Pearson guidelines
and seek Pearson’s approval using the Request Form
prior to taking the exam if any of these scenarios fit your situation. Your TEACH accounts will note that you are eligible to take and pass either the ATS-W or the edTPA.3.
If your program requires you to take other certification exams, know the testing centers remain closed until April 16th. If the centers remain closed beyond May 1, 2020, the State Department will exempt candidates in registered EPPs, whose student teaching, leadership experience, or similar clinical experience in spring 2020 was impacted by COVID-19 from taking their certification exams.
Please consult your academic advisor or clinical professor if you need additional information to make an informed choice.
Please stay safe, stay healthy and know that we are on your side.
Dean Craig A. Michaels
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