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Majors & Minors

All graduates of the education degree programs at Old Westbury requesting initial certification must pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W) components of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE), the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), and the Content Specialty Test (CST).

Students of the Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6) and Special Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6) programs must also pass the Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA), formerly the Target Language Proficiency Assessment and the English Language Proficiency Assessment.

Under an Interstate Agreement, the NYS initial certification facilitates receiving teaching certification in the majority of states.

Undergraduate Degrees

Childhood Education: SUNY College at Old Westbury offers New York State approved and registered undergraduate programs leading to initial certification in the following fields and continues to update programs to maintain compliance with New York State teacher education requirements:

  • Childhood Education (1-6)
  • Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6)
The programs of study leading to certification in these disciplines prepares graduates to teach in general childhood education classrooms. These majors provide a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and specifically emphasize the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children for successful learning in grades 1 through 6.

To accomplish that, these programs are unique in that they require extensive field experiences and a student teaching placement. Students are exposed to public school classrooms at the beginning - rather than end - of their training.

In upholding its liberal arts tradition, Old Westbury's School of Education requires that each Childhood Education major must complete eight courses in one of the following areas of concentration:
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • World Literature
  • Multicultural English Language & Literatur
  • Mathematics
  • Politics, Economics & Society
  • Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • Visual Arts
  • World Culture
Courses in these concentrations are offered in conjunctions with other academic disciplines at Old Westbury.

Special Education: Today teachers work in classrooms that serve an increasingly diverse student population. Students come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and some have special learning and developmental needs that must be addressed. Through the following degree programs, Old Westbury prepares teachers to meet the challenge of addressing those children's needs:
  • Special Education/Childhood Education (1-6)
  • Special Education with Bilingual Extension (1-6)
In addition to extensive liberal arts coursework (including multicultural social science and literature), most of the professional courses will integrate material on children with either typical or special needs who come from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Like all other teacher preparation programs at Old Westbury, students are introduced to the classroom through observations and practicum along with student teaching.

In upholding its liberal arts tradition, Old Westbury's School of Education requires that each Special Education major must complete eight courses in one of the following areas of concentration:
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • World Literature
  • Multicultural English Language & Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Politics, Economics & Society
  • Spanish Language, Hispanic Literature and Culture
  • Visual Arts
  • World Culture
Courses in these concentrations are offered in conjunctions with other academic disciplines at Old Westbury.

Middle Childhood Education: SUNY College at Old Westbury offers New York State approved and registered undergraduate programs leading to initial certification in the following fields and continues to update programs to maintain compliance with New York State teacher education requirements:
  • Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Biology
  • Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Chemistry
  • Middle Childhood Education (5-9) - Mathematics
  • Middle Childhood Education(5-9) - Spanish
Students receive not only a strong practical training in educational modalities and strategies, but also the finest in discipline-specific coursework through the College's science, language and mathematics departments.

Further, these programs are unique in that they require student teaching experiences where students are exposed to public school classrooms at the beginning - as well as the end - of their training.

Adolescence Education: SUNY College at Old Westbury offers New York State approved and registered undergraduate programs leading to initial certification in the following fields and continues to update programs to maintain compliance with New York State teacher education requirements:
  • Adolescence Education (7-12) - Biology
  • Adolescence Education (7-12) - Chemistry
  • Adolescence Education (7-12) - Mathematics
  • Adolescence Education (7-12) - Social Studies
  • Adolescence Education (7-12) - Spanish
The programs of study in this discipline integrate teacher preparation with the finest in discipline-specific coursework through the College's science, language and mathematics departments.

Further, these programs require student teaching experiences where students are exposed to public school classrooms at the beginning - as well as the end - of their training.


Graduate Degrees

M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: Biology
M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: Chemistry
M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: English
M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: Mathematics
M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies
M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: Spanish

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs at SUNY College at Old Westbury are designed specifically for aspiring teachers and career-changers seeking to advance their careers with minimal disruption to life and work.

Old Westbury's  MAT degrees lead students toward New York State initial professional certification in the following disciplines:  Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish.

Click here to download Fact Sheets on each of the M.A.T. and M.S. degrees offered by Old Westbury.

Clck here to download a copy of the School of Education Graduate Catalog.

The MAT degrees are intended for graduates from accredited colleges or universities with an undergraduate major in humanities, sciences, or social sciences who have few, if any, formal courses in education.


Admissions Requirements:  These 42-credit MAT degrees share general admissions requirements, including:
  • An undergraduate degree with at least 30 semester hours of appropriate coursework as defined by the respective discipline
  • A cumulative grade point average at the undergraduate level of 3.0
  • Submission of scores from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source)
  • An admissions essay
  • Completion of an undergraduate general education program that includes English (6 credits) and a foreign language (6 credits).
Additional discipline-specific criteria must also be met for entry into each degree program.

Course of Study:   The MAT degrees are designed using integrated course work to produce graduates with both the pedagogical skills and subject mastery needed for excellent teaching at the secondary level.

Pedagogical Core --Education courses comprise a 24-27 credit hour core of each MAT degree and provide introductory graduate level courses in:
  • History of education
  • Human development
  • Literacy
  • Special education
In addition, students take discipline-specific courses in methodology, literacy, research and technology that include a total of 100 hours of field observation, as required by the New York State Education Department.  To conclude their studies, all students complete a six credit discipline-specific student teaching experience.

Content Courses:  Each MAT degree requires 15-18 credit hours of specialized content area instruction to meet New York State or national standards for the specific discipline.  Content area courses introduce students to current issues and scholarship in their specializations through courses that survey and analyze developments in the field.

A sampling of courses offered across the six degree programs includes: 
  • Advanced Mathematics and Technology (Mathematics)
  • Biological Pharmacology (Biology)
  • Literature in the Classroom (English Language Arts)
  • Points of Contact: United States and Latin America (Spanish)
  • Questioning Global History (Social Studies)
  • Topics in Environmental Science (Chemistry)
To apply to one of Old Westbury's M.A.T. degree programs, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (516) 876-3073 or via enroll@oldwestbury.edu.


M.S. in Education:  Biology
M.S. in Education: Chemistry
M.S. in Education: English
M.S. In Education: Mathematics
M.S. in Education: Social Studies
M.S. in Education: Spanish

The Master of Science in Education degree programs at SUNY College at Old Westbury are designed specifically for teachers who seek professional certification in one of the following disciplines:  Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish.

The M.S. degrees are intended for graduates from accredited colleges or universities with an undergraduate major in education.

Admissions Requirements:  These M.S. in education degrees share general admissions requirements, including:
  • An undergraduate degree with at least 30 semester hours of appropriate coursework as defined by the respective discipline
  • A cumulative grade point average at the undergraduate level of 3.0
  • Submission of scores from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic source)
  • An admissions essay
  • Completion of an undergraduate general education program that includes English (6 credits) and a foreign language (6 credits).
Additional discipline-specific criteria must also be met for entry into each degree program.

To apply for one of Old Westbury's M.S. in Education programs, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (516) 876-3073 or via enroll@oldwestbury.edu.

Advanced Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are offered in Adolescence Education (7-12): Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish.

The programs are designed for candidates who already have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree and who seek New York State Certification in one of the following areas: Biology,
Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish, grades 7-12.

Admission Requirements
Candidates wishing to enter an Advanced Certificate Program must meet the following conditions as determined by the program coordinator:

1. Possess an approved Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university that meets the State requirements for a general education core in the liberal arts and sciences.

2. Possess an approved Master’s degree in an appropriate content area.

3. Have completed a minimum of 36 credits in the area of certification.

4. Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having a Master’s grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
5. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on career goals.

Certificate Requirements
Students must consult with an advisor in the respective Graduate Education program before starting their certificate program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their program with the advisor. All students must complete the curriculum described below.

To be recommended for NSY certification at the completion of the Certificate Program, candidates must pass the LAST, the CST in the certification area, the Written Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W), and meet any additional New York State requirements.

Curriculum
The curriculum (19-27 credits) for the certificate consists of three areas.

I. Foundations of Education (12 credits) 

   Historical, Social, and Philosophical Foundations of Education 
   Human Growth and Development 
   Foundations of Literacy  
   The Exceptional Learner

II. Methods, Curriculum, and Instruction (6-9 credits) 

   
Discipline Specific Methodology 
    Discipline Specific Literacy, Research, & Technology 
    Teaching the Nature and Development of Science (for Biology & Chemistry candidates)

III. Practicum (1-6 credits) 

    Student Teaching in Middle and High School Grades


 


Did You Know?

Maryann De Leo, a 1977 graduate of the Media & Communications program within the American Studies Department, was honored with an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 76th Annual Academy Awards for her work as producer and director of "Chernobyl Heart," a film about the effects of radiation on the children of Belarus, Russia, 16 years after the infamous nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl.

35 Old Westbury students gave up their traditional Spring Break rituals in 2006 and instead volunteered their time and effort in New Orleans to aid recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to support the Curriculum Materials Center in the College library.

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