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2013-2014 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2013-2014 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mentoring and Coaching for Teachers, Adv. Cert.

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Associate Professor Fusco, Graduate Program Co-Director, 516-463-7704
Associate Professor Thompson, Graduate Program Co-Director, 516-463-5749

This certificate is intended to prepare educators to work as agents of change within educational communities. The courses in this program lead toward an advanced certificate in coaching and mentoring. The program is intended for teachers and administrators who already hold a master’s or higher degree in education as well as a valid New York state certification. The program is designed to blend on-campus preparation with field experiences in a variety of settings. The courses are intended to introduce students to the research on adult learning theories and practices in order to prepare them to mentor educators either as staff developers, coaches, or agents of change within an educational institution. The courses emphasize assisting teachers in creating and analyzing curriculum, instruction, and assessment in light of emerging pedagogies.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission for the advanced certificate in coaching and mentoring are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with the completion of the certification program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. Possession of a master’s or higher degree in education
  2. Valid New York state certification: provisional permanent, initial or professional.
  3. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all course work.
  4. Two letters of reference addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in the program course work.
  5. Interview with a director of the certificate in coaching and mentoring program.
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent or rationale.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 18 to 21

This program approaches mentoring as a vital component and essential strategy of a comprehensive induction program whereby new teachers are guided by mentors to apply teacher competence acquired from teacher preparation to new context and professional culture of the classroom and district.

Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining grade-point average. Students must earn a B or higher in all courses in the program.

Completion of the Advanced Certificate requires:

  1. Satisfaction of all CT, EADM and SED courses.
  2. Completion of all course work for the certification program with an overall GPA of 3.0; no grades below B in required courses.
  3. Students who want the certificate for special education must additionally take SPED 200 - Administration and Supervision of Special Education .
  4. All course work taken in satisfaction of the certificate program requirements must have been completed within a three-year period.

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