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Education

Learn Today to Inspire Others Tomorrow

St. Francis College knows how to get you that first teaching job. One of our professors even wrote the book on it.

If you want to make a positive impact on future generations, change the lives of thousands, and help make the world a better place, earn your degree in Education from St. Francis College.

At SFC, you’ll get the personalized attention you need to become an effective educator, and the field experience to be an instructional leader.

Our professors have decades of experience in New York City schools as both teachers and administrators. Even in a tight teaching market, our graduates are getting jobs right out of St. Francis.

Our technology-rich professional studies programs incorporate theory, field experience, supported pedagogy, and a semester of full-time, supervised student teaching. Candidates accepted into the Teacher Education program prepare for Initial New York State Certification in either Childhood Education, and Adolescence Education.

Each program stresses the following:

  1. General liberal education
  2. Academic major or concentration
  3. and, Pedagogical studies.

Education Programs

About the Department

Mission

The Education Department at St. Francis College prepares teachers to serve and lead in a multicultural community. Through reflective, constructive teaching, we develop our students’ capacities to become caring, competent, and qualified educators. We strive to provide a curriculum that is academically and pedagogically challenging, in a departmental environment that nurtures mutual respect, empathy and an emphasis on affirming and encouraging the best in others. Our programs reflect our deep commitment to the Franciscan ideals of service to the community, acceptance of individual differences, and caring. Our aim is to graduate student-centered practitioners who place students at the heart of their teaching.

The goals of the St. Francis College Childhood and Adolescence Teacher Education programs are to prepare teachers who are:

  • Familiar with state mandated content standards
  • Familiar with current research and best practices in education and their content areas
  • Disposed to be reflective, ethical, and caring practitioners who strive for subject mastery and excellence in teaching
  • Models of active, informed citizens who are committed to lifelong learning
  • Committed to continually increase their knowledge of content and pedagogy
  • Determined to create a classroom environment in which learning and respect for individual diversity are priorities
  • Effective communicators to their students, parents, peers, and community members
  • Advocates for the rights of all students to achieve their full potential

The College also seeks to prepare Education Department graduates to meet the standards set by the New York State Board of Regents:

  • All students will meet high standards.
  • The public will be served by qualified, ethical professionals who remain current and reflect the diversity of New York State.

Certificate Programs
All Education programs lead to initial state teaching certification. In addition to completing the general education program and prescribed pedagogical coursework, majors in Childhood Education must complete a concentration in Biology, English, Mathematics, or Social Studies, including a minimum of 30 credits with an index of B or better (credit requirements in the liberal arts area of concentration may vary from subject area to subject area).

Adolescence Education majors must complete a liberal arts concentration in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, or Social Studies.

Admission Requirements
The Education Department is comprised of three Initial Teacher Certification programs of study: Childhood Education (CED), and Adolescence Education (AED). In order to be considered for admission into any one of the three programs of study, a student must first meet several criteria:

  • Grade of B or better in ED 1201-Foundations of Education and ED 2020-Educational Psychology, as well as departmental approval
  • 24 SFC credits completed
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

If a student meets the general criteria listed above, he/she may pursue admission to the program. The following must be completed or submitted as part of the application process:

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Two Character Supplements
  • Signed Declaration of Major filed with Registrar
  • Autobiographical video
  • Personal Statement

An Evaluation Committee of three tenured faculty members reviews potential candidates’ videos, completes a rating form and makes a recommendation to the Education Department Chair concerning the predisposition or suitability of the candidate for a teaching career. The video provides an opportunity for the program faculty to gather information about an applicant’s genuine interest in a teaching career, as well as other rating criteria that include: language proficiency, attitude, professional goals, emotional maturity, capacity for empathy, and an understanding of the ethical dimensions of teaching.

Personal Statement
As part of the application process, students must also write a personal statement. The document should be three to four pages, double spaced and typed, and respond to questions pertaining to an applicant’s background, educational experiences, previous experience in working with children or youth, and motivation for pursuing a teaching profession. The personal statement is completed on site in a timed and supervised setting. Criteria for evaluating the personal statement consist of but are not limited to: organization of ideas, grammar, and the ability to express oneself in a compelling manner.

Character Supplements
The applicant must obtain two character supplements from individuals who have had an opportunity to observe or work closely with the applicant and can attest to his/her character, personal characteristics, as well as academic competencies where applicable. Suitable respondents may include professors, mentors, principals, teachers or supervisors.

Transfer students must meet with the Chair of the Education Department to evaluate their credits and to plan their program. At this time, a determination will be made as to whether the student can be admitted to the Education Program of study.

Application Submission and Review
Applications for admission to the Education Department may be submitted at any time. Completed applications will be reviewed prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. Applicants wanting to begin in the fall must submit their application by June 1st and applicants wanting to begin in the spring must submit their application no later than January 1st. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions concerning admissions materials may be directed to Lisa Paolucci at [email protected] or 718.489.5279.

Two possible outcomes include acceptance or denial. Students will be notified about the outcome of their application in writing, within two weeks from the time of their submission.

PROGRAM CONTINUATION POLICY
Once admitted, a student must meet the following requirements in order to maintain his/her standing as a candidate in the Teacher Education Program:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher in all education coursework
  • Maintain a 3.0 or higher in area of concentration
  • Prior to student teaching, complete the required New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students Exam (EAS), and the Content Specialty Test (CST)
  • Complete required three workshops prior to student teaching: Identification and Prevention of Child Abuse, School Violence Identification and Prevention (SAVE), and Training in Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention (DASA)
  • Receive no lower than a C- in any SFC coursework
  • Pass a Disposition Review after the completion of 50 credits

Failure to meet the above requirements results in a probationary period lasting one semester, during which time he/she will be permitted to remain in the Education Program for that current semester only if certain conditions are met.

Interview Schedule
There are two interviews held at benchmarks during the candidate’s tenure at SFC. The primary purpose of these meetings is to assess progress in the student’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions, to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to suggest areas for future development. The secondary purpose of the interviews is to note areas of concern to the evaluation committee and to flag behaviors, attitudes and/or dispositions that in the committee’s judgment negatively impact the student’s teaching. Two interviews are held during the student’s tenure at the following benchmarks:

Disposition Review - after the completion of 50 credits
Readiness for Placement - completed prior to student teaching placement

Student Teaching
Every teacher candidate must complete 300 hours of supervised student teaching in a schools identified to be high needs schools. The time frame of the student teaching must be divided into 150 hours to correspond with the specialization of the teacher candidate. For example, childhood teacher candidates must spend 150 hours in the lower elementary grades (1-3) and the other 150 hours in the upper elementary grades (4-6). Adolescence teacher candidates must divide their student teaching into 150 hours into two different grade levels.

Teacher candidates will be observed on three occasions by their college supervisors to evaluate their performance as pre-service teachers. In addition, their cooperating teachers will also evaluate their performance as student teachers. Teacher candidates must attend a weekly three hour seminar held by college faculty. The focus of the seminars will be on the following: issues related to student teaching, classroom management, planning, and the completion of the edTPA.

Final grades in student teaching depend on several criteria: satisfactory completion of 300 hours student teaching based on observations conducted by college supervisors and cooperating teachers; completion of a portfolio; attendance at seminars; and overall performance to be judged by all college supervisors after reviewing all the information accumulated for this purpose. The Admission Process for the Education Program Students must contact Education Department for special instructions.

Advisement
Program courses require the approval of the Chairperson or a designated faculty advisor. A quality-point index of at least 3.0 is required to remain in the program. Candidates interested in pursuing teacher certification may refer to the NYSED website:

Students who successfully complete their approved Teacher Education program with an index of 3.0 or higher in their pedagogical coursework and liberal arts concentration will be recommended for a NYSED Initial Certification by the Education Department. To earn this recommendation, candidates must also be fingerprinted, pass Educating All Students (EAS), Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST). Candidates must also complete the following workshops:

  • Identification and Prevention of Child Abuse
  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention Seminar (SAVE)
  • Training in Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination
    Prevention and Intervention Seminar (DASA)

Field Experience
Education courses require five hours of field experience for each credit earned. A two-credit course requires 10 hours; a three-credit course requires 15 hours. Field experience hours may not be combined.

Accreditation
St. Francis College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). St. Francis College is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in 2023.

Education Faculty
Department Chairperson / Associate Professor

Marina Gair

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5239 
Associate Professor

Peter Leibman

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5282 
Professor

John McNamara

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5310 
Assistant Professor

Lisa Paolucci

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5279 
Associate Professor

Gerard Shaw

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5328 
Student Stories

OUTCOMES DRIVEN EDUCATION

Our Education graduates come from all walks of life, with one thing in common: the desire and drive to serve their communities.

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