2017-2018 University Catalogue 
    Jul 24, 2021  
2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Childhood Teacher Certification

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The elementary certification program is offered at the undergraduate level only. The program leads to certification in grades 1–6. It combines a major in an academic field with courses in educational theory and practice. Students who complete the program will have a strong background in teacher education and a New York State approved major from a department on campus.

Students should begin the certification program as early as possible, but no later than the beginning of their sophomore year. Students must formally apply to the program by November 1 of their sophomore year, and it is strongly recommended that they apply during their first year at Colgate. Students must reserve the fall term of their senior year for student teaching, two teaching seminars, and an advanced course on the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems.

Certificate Requirements

Education as a Social Institution

Educational Studies

Course requirements outside of Educational Studies

  • One laboratory science course in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or astronomy
  • One American history course
  • One computer literacy course from COSC 100 , CORE 143S , or PSYC 309 
  • One mathematics course

Other Requirements

  • Fieldwork — 100 hours
  • Child abuse workshop (two hours of training in the identification of suspected child abuse/maltreatment)
  • Violence intervention and prevention workshop
  • Fingerprinting
  • DASA training (Dignity for All Students Act)

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