Understanding Your Journey in Education at Queens College and Beyond
The map below provides you with guidelines and expectations to ensure the successful completion of an education program and, ultimately, certification in any one of our initial certification programs. For a list of initial certification programs click here.
The four points in your journey include:
- Admission into an Education Program
- Progressing through an Education Program
- Completing an Education Program
- After graduating from an Education Program
- Prior to admission to an Education program, students declare an Intent to Major in Education (Undeclared-Education). This enables students to receive financial aid for Education prerequisites.
- After declaring Undeclared-Education, students will receive a Welcome Packet from the School of Education.
- Students should become familiar with an Education Program’s requirements for acceptance and continuing through an Education Program.
- Graduate students who are interested in a Queens College Education Program must apply to the graduate program through the Office of Graduate Admissions. https://www.qc.cuny.edu/ga/
- Upon acceptance to a graduate Education Program, students will be expected to follow the map provided on this page.
Important Note: As an Educator Preparation Provider (EPP), who recommends students as candidates for certification, we must abide by all NYS certification requirements. The following information will ensure that we will be able to recommend you for certification in your area of study.
Explore Your Journey
Admission into an Education Program
- Recommended cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (While the School of Education relies on a strong academic record, we also take a holistic approach to admission decisions. A smaller number of candidates might be admitted with a GPA of 2.75+)
- Completion of all education prerequisite courses with acceptable course grades*. For a list of prerequisite courses, review the Education Program requirements in the Undergraduate Bulletin and Graduate Bulletin.
- Resolution of all INC’s
- Active CAMS account. (https://cams.qc.cuny.edu/)
- Become familiar with any additional requirements that are specific to the Education Program you are interested in.
*New York State designates that undergraduate students must complete all courses that count towards the pedagogical core requirement with a C or better, and graduate students with B- or better. For more information, see Acceptable Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA).
After acceptance into an Education Program
- Must show proof that you have started the fingerprinting process in the first 6 weeks from the time you are accepted into an Education program. More information on fingerprinting policy and procedures can be found here.
- Purchase an Anthology Portfolio, which is a web-based e-portfolio system required for all candidates in initial teacher education programs at Queens College. More information on Anthology can be found here.
Additional Cost for Completing an Educator Preparation Program
|REQUIRED ITEM FOR CANDIDATE TO ACQUIRE OR COMPLETE||COST|
|Anthology Portfolio Subscription: All Queens College Education students need to have a subscription to Anthology Portfolio. Anthology Portfolio is used for four tasks: – Field Experience information including completion of evaluations. – Completing and uploading assessments associated with various education courses to be assessed by instructors. This happens throughout your time as an education candidate. – QCTPA task collection and submission. – Upload information required for your program (test scores for example) For more information about getting an Anthology Portfolio Subscription please refer to the link below: https://qccuny.chalkandwire.com/SecureUrlPage.aspx?urlId=36194&u=guest&cus=343||$35.00|
|New York City Department of Education Fingerprinting: Candidates are required to be fingerprinted by the New York City Department of Education to do fieldwork observations or student teaching in a New York City Public School. https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/se/fingerprinting-policies-procedures/||$135.00|
|DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) Training: This six hour workshop is designed to fulfill the harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention training required for certification under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/dasa.html||$110.00|
|Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Workshop: All applicants for certification are required to complete two clock hours of training in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and maltreatment. https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ca.htmlhttps://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/ca.html||$55.00|
|School Violence Prevention and Intervention Workshop: All applicants for certification are required to complete two clock hours of training in school violence prevention and intervention. https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/save.html||$55.00|
|(FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION CANDIDATES ONLY) Coursework or Training in the Needs of Children with Autism: All prospective teachers seeking initial or professional state certification in special education must take this three-hour workshop in the needs of children with autism. https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/autism.html||$55.00|
|Content Specialty Test (CST): The New York State educator has the content knowledge and content pedagogy skills necessary to teach his/her discipline or subject area effectively in New York State public schools. Ranges from $122.00 to $161.00, depending on the test. http://www.nystce.nesinc.com||$122.00 -$161.00|
|Educating All Students (EAS): Exam designed to show the New York State educators’ proficiency in the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students effectively in New York State public schools. Proficiencies include familiarity with and knowing how to use research-validated instructional strategies that are responsive to the characteristics and learning needs of students with a broad range of backgrounds and needs. http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/||$80.00|
|(FOR SCHOOL BUILDING LEADERS ONLY) School Building Leader Assessment (SBL): Exam designed to show the New York State school building leader has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership in New York State public schools. http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html||$395.00|
|(FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS ONLY) School District Leader Assessment (SDL): Exam designed to show the New York State school district leader has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership in New York public schools. https://www.nystce.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/NY103_TestPage.html||$337.00|
|(FOR BILINGUAL EXTENSION CANDIDATES ONLY) Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA): Exam designed to show that New York State bilingual educator have the knowledge and skills necessary to teach effectively in English and the target language of instruction. https://www.nystce.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html||$65.00|
|New York State Certification Application: To be certified you must work with the Queens College Certification Office to be recommended for certification with the New York State Education Department. You cannot be recommended for certification until you have completed your program of study. Each certification has a fee associated with it. This fee is for initial certification. Please speak to the Queens College Teacher Certification Office for more information about NYSED teacher certification. https://www.qc.cuny.edu/academics/se/teacher-certification-office/||$50.00|
Progressing through an Education Program
Progression through an Education Program
- Recommended cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
- Completion of required education courses with no grade lower than a C for undergraduate students, and B- for graduate students.
- Exhibit professional dispositions in and out of the classroom
- Must successfully complete all field work requirements as outlined in your courses
Progression into Student Teaching
- Successful completion of all education prerequisite courses
- Successful completion of requirements as outlined in your Education Program
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
- Completion of a Central Student Teaching Application* (Student Teaching Information)
- Acquired fingerprinting clearance* (Fingerprinting Policy and Procedures)
- Completion of all NYS Workshops required for certification* (NYS Required Workshops)
*The Central Student Teaching Application will begin in the spring of 2024. You are required to upload these materials into Anthology Portfolio for review and approval prior to being assigned to a student teaching placement. Failure to meet the progression requirements for student teaching will result in a delay in your ability to complete student teaching.
Completing an Education Program
• Cumulative GPA of 3.0
• Successful completion of requirements as outlined in your Education Program
• Exhibit professional dispositions in and out of the classroom
• Complete Student Teaching with a B or better
• Complete EPP-wide final portfolio/performance assessment with a passing grade*
• Complete the Completer Survey*
* You are required to upload these materials into Anthology Portfolio.
College Recommendation for Certification
• More information on teacher certification can be found here.
After Graduation and Beyond
- Complete the Alumni Survey
- Participate in the Alumni Impact Study
- Stay engaged through alumni relations to participate in networking events, professional development opportunities, and CTLE credits!
- Keep your contact information updated with us!