Whether you’re a senior or an incoming freshman, planning for and navigating through deadlines and prerequisites can seem daunting. I would know, because that’s how I felt going into my freshman year. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t still seem that way at times. With that in mind, I spoke to a few Nyack veterans regarding admittance to Nyack’s School of Education (SoE) in an attempt to make the process a little more clear for those of you wanting to join the SoE community. Here is a basic guideline of what you will need to do for admittance:
1. Declare Your Major
Your first step in becoming a teacher is deciding who and what you wish to teach. Everyone seems to think I’m crazy, but my favorite group to teach is middle schoolers, so I chose Adolescence Education. I commend those of you who have the patience and energy to teach the wee little ones. You are a special breed.
In case you aren’t sure of the degree breakdown, here it is:
Early Childhood Education: birth-grade 2
Childhood Education: grades 1-6
Early Childhood/Childhood: birth- grade 6
Adolescence Education: grades 7-12
2. Help Out
Every teacher candidate is required to complete 30 hours of community service to students in their certification age group. The community service is going to look differently for everyone depending on the specific major, and I will have a few ideas for you in a future post. For instance, I will be coaching and teaching at church camps this summer, but the possibilities are endless.
3. Get Good Grades
In order to be a part of the SoE at Nyack, you need to have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a cumulative 3.0 GPA in your concentration, and a cumulative education GPA of 3.0, earning a C or better in any education course taken. If you earn less than a C in any given education course, you will need to retake the course.
4. Pass the School of Education Admissions Test (SEAT)
Students used to be required by NYS to take the ALST, but things have since changed. Nyack has now created their own exam, the SEAT. Talk to your advisor and sign up to the exam.
5. Be A Decent Human Being
You must pass a faculty review of dispositions, passing being 80% and higher.
6.Apply to the School of Education
This application also includes an essay. Don’t freak out about it. Completing the coursework and exams were the hard part, and they prepared you well.
Any forms you need can be found on Nyack’s School of Education’s website.
If you have any questions regarding admission to the School of Education, feel free to contact Nyack Admissions.