Students begin to put their new knowledge to use during their Student Teaching assignments. At Old Westbury, the practical application of the knowledge and skills education students learn is paramount. For that reason, our degree programs require field experiences and student teaching experiences both at the beginning of their training and near the end.
In this way, our students learn the skills to create effective, positive learning opportunities for students from multiple cultures, multiple development level and multiple abilities. Then, they put them to use and begin the transformation from student to teacher and, ultimately, to becoming future leaders in their schools and the professional community.
All graduates requesting initial teacher certification will have to pass the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE), Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W)and the Content Specialty Test (CST). Bilingual Education graduates must also pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA), formerly the Target Language Proficiency Assessment (TLPA) and the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA).