Certification

College Supervised Practicum

College Supervised Practicum

For classroom-teaching titles, this is a structured, college-supervised learning experience in which the student teacher applies previously studied theory through direct classroom experiences with individual students, or with groups of students. These skills are practiced under the direct supervision of the certified teacher who has official responsibility for the students. It is always listed as a formal part of a teacher certification program and as a course in a college catalog. It is verified complete with an official transcript showing a satisfactory grade.

Practica are required for three certificate titles:

Speech and Language Disabilities
Literacy
Library Media Specialist

Speech Practicum

This consists of supervised, on-campus clinical practica and off-campus, college-supervised clinical practica totaling at least 150 clock hours that include experiences with students with speech and language disabilities in early childhood, childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The off-campus practica shall include experiences in elementary and/or secondary schools.

Applicants may also meet this requirement by documenting at least one year full-time teaching experience as a teacher of speech and language disabilities.  Only paid teaching experience gained in a private school, in a school outside New York State or in a New York State public school on the basis of holding a NYS Supplementary Speech and Language Disabilities certificate would be acceptable. Two years of paid experience as a New York State licensed teaching assistant in a speech and language disabilities classroom would also be considered.  For such experiences the chief school officer (superintendent, headmaster, etc.) completes the Substitution of Experience for Student Teaching form  verifying satisfactory experience and returns it directly to this office.

The following experiences are unacceptable:

  • practica completed solely for the purpose of a New York State speech license
  • practica that are less than 150 clock hours or that do not take place in all the necessary settings
  • practica NOT identified in the college’s catalog as satisfying the practica requirement for teacher certification
  • paid experience not in accordance with regulation,  eg. working without a certificate in a setting that requires one
  • experience working with children for medically related aspects of speech, i.e.  experience that is not linked to an IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) or IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is not acceptable

Literacy Practicum

For the literacy certificate (birth through grade 6), at least 50 clock hours of college-supervised practica in teaching literacy to students at both the early childhood and childhood levels; and for the literacy certificate (grades 5 through 12), at least 50 clock hours of college-supervised practica in teaching literacy to students at both the middle childhood and adolescent levels is required. For those individuals who apply for both certificates, at least 24 clock hours at each developmental level is required.

Applicants may also meet this requirement by documenting at least one year full-time teaching experience as a literacy (remedial reading) teacher. Only paid teaching experience gained in a private school, in a school outside New York State or in a New York State public school on the basis of holding a NYS Supplementary Literacy certificate would be acceptable. Two years of paid experience as a New York State licensed teaching assistant in a remedial reading classroom would also be considered.  For such experiences the chief school officer (superintendent, headmaster, etc.) completes the Substitution of Experience for Student Teaching form  verifying satisfactory experience and returns it directly to this office.

The following experiences are unacceptable:

  • practica completed that are part of a literacy program that does not lead to a public school teaching certificate
  • practica completed at the undergraduate level
    practica that are less than 50 clock hours or that do not take place in the necessary settings
  • paid experience not in accordance with regulation,  eg. working  as an Academic Intervention Services (AIS) reading teacher without a literacy  certificate
  • paid Experience  as a  developmental reading teacher, reading coach or experience other than as a remedial reading teacher

Library Media Specialist Practicum

For the library media specialist certificate, two college-supervised practica of at least 20 days each in elementary and secondary school libraries under the supervision of a certified library media specialist are required.

Applicants may also meet this requirement by documenting at least one year full-time teaching experience as a library media specialist. Only paid experience gained in a private school, in a school outside New York State or in a New York State public school on the basis of holding a NYS Supplementary library media specialist certificate would be acceptable. Two years of paid experience as a New York State licensed teaching assistant in a school library would also be considered.  For such experiences the chief school officer (superintendent, headmaster, etc.) completes the Substitution of Experience for Student Teaching form  verifying satisfactory experience and returns it directly to this office.

The following experiences are unacceptable:

  • practica completed that are part of a program that does not lead to a public school teaching certificate
  • practica in a public library, or library practica that are not part of an approved library media specialist program
  • practica that are less than 40 days or that do not take place in the necessary settings
Last Updated: October 5, 2011