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Student Teaching & Certification

Office of Student Teaching & Certification

Welcome to the Office of Student Teaching & Certification

Our office is responsible for early field experiences, student teaching, and teacher certification in Medaille College's Department of Education. 

Buffalo Campus 
81 Humboldt Pkwy
(716) 880-2623
(800) 292-1582 toll-free
(716) 880-2634 fax

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Welcome to the Office of Student Teaching & Certification

 

Catherine Sedota
Director, Student Teaching & Certification
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
catherine.sedota@medaille.edu

Susan Beier
Office Manager, Student Teaching & Certification
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
susan.m.beier@medaille.edu

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Early Field Experience

As part of the program requirements, all education students are required to complete early field experience hours. The number of required early field experience hours varies by program. 

B.S.Ed. Education

M.S.Ed. Adolescent Education

M.S.Ed. Elementary Education

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities

Advanced Certificate in Students with Disabilities

 

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of the educational preparation process. It is where students have the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through coursework at Medaille College. This exciting opportunity allows students the ability to learn through a hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom associate teachers and a college supervisor.

Medaille College student teachers participate in two full-time, eight-week student teaching placements. Student teaching requirements, policies, and procedures are outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook.

 

Associate Teachers

Associate teachers play a key role in the development of a student teacher. They may be called upon for advice in areas such as classroom management, planning and evaluating, and selection of instructional media. Associate teachers serve as mentors, modeling best teaching practices for the student teacher. The student teacher looks to the associate teacher for suggestions, guidance, support, advice, encouragement, and assistance in identifying areas of strengths as well as areas that need improvement.

The Associate Teacher Handbook is designed to serve as a reference tool during the student teaching experience.

Forms for Associate Teachers
Associate Teacher Stipend Form  

 

College Supervisors

College supervisors play an integral role in the development and mentoring of a future educator. Serving as a liaison between the Office of Student Teaching & Certification, the associate teacher, and the student teacher, the college supervisor is responsible for observing and evaluating the student teacher, as well as guiding the student and their associate teacher through the student teaching experience.

College Supervisor Handbook

Lesson Plan Template

Lesson Plan Rubric

Lesson Observation Rubric

Student Teaching Progress Monitoring Report

Mileage Reimbursement Form

 

Teaching Certification

Medaille College offers education programs that lead to institutional recommendations in a variety of New York State teaching certificates. The Office of Student Teaching & Certification is committed to offering assistance to our students and graduates to help navigate the certification process. While we are glad to offer our expertise, please remember that certification is the responsibility of the individual student or graduate.

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New York State Teacher Certification Exams
Fingerprinting
Certification Recommendation
Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Application & Instructions
NYSTCE® Certification
 


New York State Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective New York State teachers must pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools. Students should check their program handbook for the specific NYSTCE exams required for each certification area. Learn more about registering for these exams.

 

Fingerprinting

Learn about the fingerprinting process.
 

 

Certification Recommendation

In order to be recommended by Medaille College for a NYS Teaching Certificate, each student must complete and submit the recommendation form to the Office of Student Teaching & Certification. 

 

Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

OCT Application & Instructions 
Learn more about the Ontario College of Teachers.
 

 

NYSTCE® Certification

Prospective New York State teachers must pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools.

Students applying for NYS certification are required to pass the following exams:

EAS (Educating All Students)

CST (Content Specialty Test) in their content area

BSED and MSED Elementary Education students will take the CST: Multi-Subject exam

BSED Adolescent students will take the CST in Students with Disabilities AND the CST in their content area (example:  Math, English, Biology, Social Studies)

MSED Adolescent students will take the CST in their content area (example:  Biology, Chemistry, French, Social Studies, English, or Math)

MSED Students with Disabilities students will take the CST in Students with Disabilities

MSED Literacy students will take the CST in Literacy

edTPA (Educational Teacher Performance Assessment)
This exam will be completed during the student teaching experience.

 

NYSTCE® Exam Preparation

There are numerous options to help you prepare for the NYSTCE® exams, including study guides in PDF format on the NYSTCE® website. Other options include:

Purchase a practice exam from NYSTCE. Each practice test offers:

  • Access to the sample test for a 30-day period
  • Full-length test simulation
  • Immediate feedback on your performance for the multiple choice questions
  • Sample written responses for the constructed responses assignments
  • A realistic online experience similar to an actual computer-based testing environment

Review the test framework

Explore the computer-based testing tutorials

Exam-specific web resources:

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