Secondary Teacher Certification Program

Secondary Teacher Certification Program

For the purpose of teacher certification by the State of New York, Secondary Education is categorized as Middle Childhood Education for grades 5 through 9, and Adolescence Education for grades 7 through 12. The emphasis of the Secondary Teacher Certification program is on the subject the student plans to teach, on a series of sequential education courses that prepare the teacher candidate to successfully confront the challenges of teaching, and on two practical supervised student teaching experiences at both the Middle School and High School levels.

Students, in conjunction with Education and Content Area advisors, design a program that will provide them with necessary instructional and classroom management skills, as well as content area courses required for the Dowling College degree and for New York State Teacher Certification. Students are requested to meet with the Coordinator of Secondary Education early in their program in order to keep informed about changes in New York State Teacher Certification and Dowling degree requirements.

Certification areas

    • Students may be certified in the following areas:
  • Biology*
  • Business and Marketing
  • Chemistry*
  • Earth Science*
  • English*
  • French*
  • Mathematics*
  • Music
  • Physics*
  • Social Studies*
  • Spanish*
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts

*Students wishing to pursue dual certification in Middle Childhood or Adolescence Education with Special Education in one of these subject areas should refer to the B.S. in Special Education requirements on pages 86-87 of the .

In addition to meeting the academic area requirements for certification in their respective departments, students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English and have taken a broad background of course work in Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, and Social Sciences.

When students complete this program they will have acquired knowledge, skills, and dispositions in four domains:

Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of content and pedagogy, demonstrate knowledge of students, be able to select instructional goals, demonstrate knowledge of resources, design coherent instruction and assess student learning.

Domain 2: The Classroom Environment

Students will be able to create an environment of respect and rapport among the students and teacher, establish a culture for learning, manage classroom procedures and manage student behavior.

Domain 3: Instruction

Students will be able to communicate clearly and accurately, use question and discussion techniques effectively, engage students in learning, provide proper feedback and demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness.

Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities

Students will be able to reflect on teaching, maintain accurate records, communicate effectively with families, and contribute to the school, the district, and the community.

Academic Benchmarks

All Students seeking Secondary Teacher Certification have their academic progress evaluated at three stages:

Entry Stage:

Students seeking entry into the Secondary Teacher Certification Program must apply for admission through the Office of Enrollment Services. The office evaluates such student credentials as transcripts from high school and/or post-secondary institutions, scores on the SAT, letters of recommendation, etc. (See Admissions).

Midpoint Stage:

Students reach the midpoint stage of the program immediately prior to enrolling in EDA 3127N. At this stage students must have met the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses: EDH 1021A, EDS 1081A, EDL 3146N, EDL 4150A, LIB 1101N, PSY 2016A, and EDH 1140A or SMP 1032A
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits of content courses
  • Earned a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5

Exit Stage:

Students reach the exit stage immediately prior to applying for the Initial Teaching Certificate. At this stage students must have met the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses: EDA 4194N, EDA 4195N, and EDA 4196N
  • Completion of all required content courses
  • Satisfaction of the language requirement
  • Awarded a Baccalaureate Degree
  • Passed the required New York State Teacher Certification Exams (LAST, CST, ATS-W)
  • Attended the required workshops (Child Abuse, Violence Prevention)
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  • Minimum G.P.A. of 2.5

Core Requirements

Middle Childhood (5-9) and Adolescence (7-12)
Lower Junior Year

EDH 1021A Education in Society 3
EDA 1160A The Middle School and the Middle School Child (Middle Childhood only) 3
EDL 3146N Literacy Acquisition I 3
PSY 2016A Developmental Psychology II 3

Upper Junior Year

EDS 1081A Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
EDH 3129N Assessment in Inclusive Classrooms (K-12) 3
EDL 4150N Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (prerequisite EDL 3146N) 3
LIB 1101N Introduction to Academic Research 1 1

Middle Childhood and Adolescence Pedagogy
Lower Junior Year

EDA 3127N Curriculum Development, Grades 5-12 3 (10 hours field experience per week at grades 5 & 6 in middle childhood program, or grades 7-9 in adolescence program) 3
EDA 3128N Instructional Methods & Classroom Management Strategies*; Grades 5-12 (corequisite EDA 3127N) 3
EDL 4149N Literacy Acquisition II (Middle Childhood only) (prerequisite EDL 3146N, corequisite EDL 3128N) 3

Upper Senior Year

Note: EDA 4194N, 4195N, and 4196N must be taken together
EDA 4194N Student Teaching Seminar; Grades 5-12 3
EDA 4195N Subject Methods Seminar; Grades 5-12 3
EDA 4196N Supervised Student Teaching; Grades 5-12* 3

*In addition to course registration, students are required to register with the Director of Educational Placements by November 15 for Spring semester student teaching, and by May 1 for Fall semester student teaching. Field placements will be at the discretion of the Director of Educational Placements. The student must maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 or better in the subject area for which he/she seeks Teacher Certification.

Note: Students seeking Middle Childhood or Adolescence certification must also complete 6 credits in one foreign language, not American Sign Language, prior to student teaching (EDA 4194N, EDA 4195N, EDA 4196N). Sign Language may only be used by students requiring special accommodations.

Academic Area Requirements for Initial Certification

Biology 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 0838)

36 credits in Science needed for certification,
24 of which must be in Biology

The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of botany, zoology, ecology, embryology, genetics, algebra, general chemistry, and general physics. Where appropriate, the student will be expected to demonstrate laboratory skills. The B.A. in Biology is recommended for certification in Biology (see page 59 of the ).

Business and Marketing 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 0501)

36 credits in Business needed for certification

Students who wish certification in Business usually come to Dowling with an A.A.S. degree in Secretarial Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Business Marketing, or Business Retail Management, and work for certification within the framework of the degree of Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies. Degree and certification requirements are determined on the basis of the student’s educational background by the Education advisor. The B.B.A. in Management & Leadership or the B.B.A. in Marketing is recommended for certification in Business and Marketing (see pages 92-96 of the Undergraduate Catalog).

Chemistry 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 1905)

36 credits in Science needed for certification,
24 of which must be in Chemistry

The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of general chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, qualitative and quantitative analysis, general physics, and mathematics through calculus. Where appropriate, the student will be expected to demonstrate laboratory skills. The B.A. in Chemistry is recommended for certification in Chemistry (see page 60 and 83 of the Undergraduate Catalog).

Earth Science 7-12 (HEGIS 27500)

36 credits in science needed for certification,
24 of which must be in Earth Science

The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of the dynamic changes of the earth from inner space (geology, volcanism, oceanography, meteorology) to outer space (astronomy, eunomental science). The B.A. in Earth Science is recommended for certification in Earth Science (see page 66 of the ).

English 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 1501)

36 credits in English needed for certification

The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of listening and speaking skills; oral reading skills; critical and interpretive reading skills; the structure and function of language including history, semantics, and usage; genre, period, and author works including Shakespeare; creative writing, journalism, and dramatics. The B.A. in English is recommended for certification in English (see page 68 of the ).

French 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 1102)

36 credits in French needed for certification

The student is expected to demonstrate the following: fluency in reading, writing, and speaking French; an ability to analyze the French language; and knowledge of the various French cultures. The B.A. in Romance Languages with 30 credits in French is recommended for certification in French (see page 76 of the ).

Mathematics 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 1701)

36 credits in Mathematics needed for certification,
12 of which must be in Calculus

The student is expected to demonstrate the following: knowledge of the historical development of mathematics, number theory and concepts, ability to utilize mathematical systems of algebra including linear and abstract, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus; ability to solve problems involving data analysis, mathematical modeling, probability, statistics and discrete mathematics. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to apply numerical computation and estimation techniques, extend them to algebraic expressions, and apply measurement to two and threedimensional objects. Most importantly, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to communicate mathematically and use language skills to explain mathematical concepts and processes and apply mathematics in real-world settings. Required courses include: CSC 1009N, MTH 1017A, MTH 1021A, MTH 1022A, MTH 2023A, MTH 2103A, MTH 2115A, MTH 3104A, MTH 3111A, MTH 4109A, MTH 4171A. The B.A. in Mathematics is recommended for certification in Mathematics (see page 73 and 81 of the .)

Music 1-12 (HEGIS 0832)

36 credits in Music needed for certification

Students seeking certification in music must see both an Education advisor, for Education degree, and Teacher Certification advisement, and the Music Department Coordinator, for music coursework requirements. The B.A. in Music is recommended for certification in Music (see page 73 of the ).

Physics 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 1902)

36 credits in Science needed for certification,
24 of which must be in Physics

The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of mechanics, electricity/magnetism, atomic theory, instrumentation, biophysics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, electronics, electrochemistry, general chemistry, and mathematics through calculus. When appropriate, the student is expected to demonstrate laboratory skills. The student is also expected to know the way in which models are used to describe and interpret how the physical world came into being. The B.S. in Natural Science and Mathematics is recommended for certification in Physics (see page 87 of the ).

Social Studies 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 2201)

36 credits in Social Sciences needed for certification

The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of world history and American history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political theory, geography, and government. Advanced knowledge of at least one of the above cited disciplines must be demonstrated. Further, the student will be required to explain the characteristics of the social science disciplines and their points of convergence and divergence. The B.A. in Social Sciences (Broad Option) is recommended for certification in Social Studies (see page 77 of the ). The B.A. degrees in Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology-Anthropology are alternatives that may also lead to certification in Social Studies (see pages 66, 71, 74, and 78, respectively of the ).

Spanish 5-9 & 7-12 (HEGIS 1105)

36 credits in Spanish needed for certification

The student is expected to demonstrate the following: fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish; an ability to analyze the Spanish language; and knowledge of the various Spanish cultures. The B.A. in Romance Languages with 30 credits in Spanish is recommended for certification in Spanish (see page 76 of the ).

Theatre Arts 1-12 (HEGIS 1007)

36 credits in Theatre needed for certification

Students seeking certification in theatre must see both an education advisor for the education program, and the theatre department chair for theatre coursework requirements. The B.A. in Communication Art is recommended for certification in Theatre Arts (see page 64 of the Undergraduate Catalog).

Visual Arts 1-12 (HEGIS 0831)

36 credits in the Arts needed for certification

The student is expected to demonstrate the following: knowledge of the history of Western visual arts, with special emphasis on modern concepts of vision; an ability to analyze the elements of the visual arts; an ability to understand the relationships between art elements and their expressive characteristics; an ability to comprehend contemporary concepts of space; the creative use of elements and use of space, e.g., composition; a broad background in the relationship of all arts-visual, theatre, dance, and music. Students are strongly advised to take VIS 1001C and VIS 1002C in fulfilling their core requirements. The B.A. in Visual Arts is recommended for certification in Visual Arts (see page 77 of the Undergraduate Catalog).

Note: Students wishing to pursue dual certification in Middle Childhood or Adolescence Education in one of these subject areas along with Special Education should refer to the B.S. in Special Education requirements on pages 90 of the Undergraduate Catalog.

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