Education Certification

The Wells education program is designed to train professional educators for the demands of the 21st century.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Education (including Childhood, Teaching Students with Disabilities 1-6 and Adolescence certification)

The Wells education program is designed to train professional educators for the demands of the 21st century. Wells prepares teachers to have a critical understanding of current theory and to be responsive and skilled practitioners. The program at Wells is registered with New York State and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Students who complete the Inclusive Childhood Education major and pass the required New York State examinations qualify for initial New York State certification in general Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). Students who complete the Adolescence Education Certification Program (the Adolescence Education minor, a major in the supporting content area, and a full semester of student teaching) and pass the required New York State examinations qualify for initial certification (grades 7-12).

Notes

During the 2014-2015 academic year, 12 students were formally enrolled in the Wells College Certification Program in Childhood or Adolescence Education. These students applied for admission and were accepted into the Certification Program at the end of their sophomore year. Two of these students participated in student teaching during that academic year, teaching an average of 35 hours per week for a period of 14 weeks. Two students completed the teacher education certification program at Wells during 2014-2015 and 100% of these students passed the New York State ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), EAS (Educating All Students Test) and CST (Content Specialty Tests). 100% of these students also passed the edTPA (Teaching Performance Assessment).

General Requirements

  • Application for acceptance in the education program takes place in the second semester of a student's sophomore year.
  • Students must have completed at least 40 semester hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.7 and earned a B- or higher in EDUC 105 (Teaching in a Diverse Society) or its equivalent at another college.
  • In addition, students must provide the name of a faculty reference and a statement describing why they would like to complete the certification program.
  • All candidates for certification are required to do an internship in an educational setting and take EDUC 408 Student Teaching Reflective Seminar along with EDUC 410 Student Teaching.
  • Students must complete required course work and 100 hours of field experience in education prior to student teaching. In addition, to qualify for student teaching they must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and earned a B- or higher in the required methods courses (Inclusive Childhood: EDUC 301, 302, 307, 405 or Adolescence: EDUC 331, 332, 406). Student teaching placement will be determined by Wells faculty in cooperation with regional school personnel. No placement will be approved without the Wells faculty involvement. Student teachers are required to teach for 14 weeks, full-time in two classrooms suitable to the certification area sought. NOTE: Student teachers will be expected to provide their own housing, if necessary, as well as transportation.
  • Students will be required to attend seminars on substance abuse, child abuse, school violence and harassment/bullying.
  • Candidates for initial teaching certification will be required to take standardized tests sponsored by the New York State Education Department in addition to the courses required by the program and submit to a fingerprint screening prior to student teaching.

Childhood Education

      Childhood Certification, Grades 1-6
      Teaching Students with Disabilities Certification, Grades 1-6

The Wells Inclusive Childhood Education Major is designed to meet all the academic requirements for New York State initial Childhood Certification (grades 1-6) and New York State initial Teaching Students with Disabilities Certification (grades 1-6). This major / certification program is open to any qualified Wells student. See general requirements.

Education Core Requirements (54-55 sem. hrs.)
All of the following:

PSY 101 General Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 210 Child Development (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 105 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 215 Issues in Multicultural and English Language Learner Education (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 225 Technology in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 301 Primary Literacy and Diverse Learners (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 302 Literacy for Diverse Upper Elementary Classrooms (3 sem. hrs.)
        EDUC 301 and 302 must be taken in sequence
EDUC 305 Literacy in the Social Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 307 Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 308 Students with Disabilities Practicum (1 sem. hr.)
EDUC 309 Elementary Methods Practicum (1 sem. hr.)
EDUC 216 The Inclusive Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 226 Managing and Motivating Classrooms (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 405 Elementary Methods: Teaching Math and Science (3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 408 Student Teaching Reflective Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
        Taken concurrently with student teaching
EDUC 410 Student Teaching: Preparation and Analysis (12 sem. hrs.)

One of the following:

EDUC 290 Internship in Education (2-3 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 390 Internship in Education (2-3 sem. hrs.)

Additional requirements for certification:

Multi-Subject Core Requirements:

In addition to the Education Core students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours across the liberal arts. These credit hours may overlap with general college requirements and 6 of these credits may overlap with the chosen minor. The 30 liberal arts credits must address learning in the following areas and be approved by an education faculty advisor:

  • Artistic expression
  • Humanities
  • Concepts in history and social sciences
  • A language other than English
  • Written analysis and expression
  • Scientific and mathematical processes
  • Information retrieval
  • Communication skills

Child Abuse Seminar (0 sem. hrs.) (On-line course—fee required)
Alcohol and Drug Awareness Seminar (0 sem. hrs.)
Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar (0 sem. hrs.) (On-line course—fee required)
Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (0 sem. hrs.)
Fingerprinting must be completed and processed prior to student teaching (fee required)

New York State Certification Exams:

ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test)
EAS (Educating All Students)
CST (Content Specialty Test)
  - Multi-Subject CST
  - Teaching Students with Disabilities 1-6 CST
edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

Adolescence Education and Certification, Grades 7-12

The adolescence education minor/teacher initial certification program is open to any qualified Wells student. Students who choose to obtain their initial adolescence certification must major in the subject area most closely related to the content they will teach. Certification in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies, and Spanish is available.

Requirements for Adolescence Certification (Grades 7-12)

Registered Majors for Initial Teaching Certification:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
  • History

Language other than English: (6 credits)

Education Core Requirements—includes the Adolescence Education minor (42-43 sem. hrs.):

  • EDUC 105 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 215 Issues in Multicultural and English Language Learner Education (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 216 The Inclusive Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 225 Technology in the Classroom (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 226 Building Classroom Community (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 331 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas I (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 332 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (3 sem. hrs.)
    EDUC 331 and 332 must be taken in sequence
  • EDUC 406 Instructional Strategies for Secondary Education (3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 408 Student Teaching Reflective Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
    Taken concurrently with student teaching
  • EDUC 410 Student Teaching: Preparation and Analysis (12 sem. hrs.)
  • PSY 318 Adolescent Development (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following:

  • EDUC 290 Internship in Education (2-3 sem. hrs.)
  • EDUC 390 Internship in Education (2-3 sem. hrs.)

Recommended for all, REQUIRED for English certification:

  • ENGL 240 Adolescence and the Media (3 sem. hrs.)

Additional requirements for certification:

  • Child Abuse Seminar (0 sem. hrs.) (On-line course—fee required)
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness Seminar (0 sem. hrs.)
  • Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar (0 sem. hrs.) (On-line course—fee required)
  • Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (0 sem. hrs.) Fingerprinting must be completed and processed prior to student teaching (fee required)

New York State Certification Exams:

  • ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test)
  • EAS (Educating All Students)
  • CST (Content Specialty Test)
  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

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