Requirement Description

 
PEDAGOGICAL CORE

The pedagogical core is the basic teacher education coursework intended to provide teachers with the teaching knowledge, skills and methods needed to work as a general education teacher.

Candidates may take a combination of the listed pedagogical coursework to satisfy the total semester hour requirement in this core area, but there must be coursework demonstrating competency in every area listed under the pedagogical core. In certain areas, a specific number of credits is required. These requirements are shown with a semester hour indicator (e.g., College Coursework - Teaching Literacy Skills - 3 S.H.).

All coursework must be earned at an institution of higher education with an approved teacher education program that leads to teacher certification in the state in which the college is located. For institutions in New York State, view the Inventory of Registered Programs and search programs leading to teacher certification. For institutions outside New York State, consult the college catalog or that state's education department to verify this. If pedagogical core coursework is taken at a community college or another college that does not offer approved teacher certification programs, coursework is acceptable only if it is accepted in transfer to an institution with an approved teacher education program that leads to teacher certification in the state in which the college is located. Such coursework must be submitted on official transcripts of both colleges attended.

Acceptable Grades

See the NYSTCE Written Assessment of Teaching Skills Test Frameworkfor a description of what a teacher is expected to know about student development and learning, curriculum and assessment, and the professional environment to prepare students to meet the New York State Learning Standards.