Without a doubt, SUNY Cortland rates at the top in teacher preparation. You can choose teacher certification in nearly every subject area and benefit from education that prepares you to join our graduates in achieving 99 percent pass rates on assessment tests. Of course, that’s just what you expect from the largest nationally accredited teacher education program on the East Coast.
Our undergraduate majors and graduate programs in teacher education prepare you to think critically, use technology effectively, communicate clearly, understand and value diversity, contribute to your community and make a difference in the lives of students.
Cortland Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.)
A unique and comprehensive program in urban education, the C.U.R.E. program will prepare you to to teach in high-need urban schools in New York State and understand the effects of culture, ethnicity, gender, language, poverty and race.
From conferences and workshops on critical topics to centers and institutes that explore issues in depth, to providing important links to the NYS Education Department and other state resources, SUNY Cortland provides you with a wide variety of teaching resources, whether you’re an undergraduate or a graduate student.
Using a comprehensive 12-point approach, the Center helps schools, teachers and parents maximize the power of character — respect and responsibility — through the Smart & Good Schools Initiative in partnership with the Institute for Excellence & Ethics.
The dedicated and caring staff members of the Institute provide a wealth of resources, information — including a professional electronic journal — and support to individuals and families of individuals with disabilities.
The Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards are all about making sure that P-12 students in New York State are equipped for success when they graduate. SUNY Cortland teacher education candidates recognize that the Common Core standards serve as a guidepost for educators in preparing graduates across New York who are on track for college and career success.
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
PARCC is a 24-state consortium working together to develop next-generation K-12 assessments in English and math.
- Students who will know if they are on track to graduate ready for college and careers
- Teachers with regular results available to guide learning and instruction
- Parents with clear and timely information about the progress of their children
- States with valid results that are comparable across the members states
Excerpt from: www.parcconline
Visit New York State PARCC Assessments to learn more about recent developments.
International Teacher Education
As you prepare to become a professional educator, you may want to consider exploring other cultures through pre-service field placements at selected sites around the world.
Certification requirements change regularly and can vary from one certification to another - requirements can be complex. The best source of information is the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives page.
Update 10/30/13: NEW Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)-What you should know! (PDF)
New testing requirements have been implemented for students completing requirements or applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014. For complete information on recent changes in testing and other requirements please go to the Teacher Certification link in the far left column or click on the appropriate link below.
As a teacher candidate, your school-based field experiences and student teaching placements are coordinated through SUNY Cortland’s Field Placement Office. You’ll benefit from our commitment to providing diverse opportunities in various settings that make the most of your learning.
SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center (SUTEC)
SUTEC's primary mission is to assist SUNY campuses that offer teacher preparation programs in the placement of teacher candidates in New York City public schools. These experiences will prepare prospective teachers to become competent and confident professionals in urban, multicultural environments.
SUTEC also facilitates the recruitment of SUNY teacher education graduates for New York City schools and SUNY approved charter schools, as well as provides an academic center for scholarship and research on urban education.
For more information on how to apply for a SUTEC placement, please see the Field Experience and School Partnerships web page or access SUTEC directly at http://www.suny.edu/sutec/ .
Please download our Teacher Candidate Student Teaching Handbook for complete details.
Meet with school districts in New York State that are ready to hire new teachers during this two-day event held each year on the SUNY Cortland campus.
Contact the Career Services office to learn what’s required for your professional credential file and how to prepare and present a portfolio of your best academic work and cocurricular achievements as a SUNY Cortland student.
Join your peers — junior or senior education majors — to learn about dining etiquette, career networking, interviewing skills and job search techniques during an informal gathering with school district administrators.
Visit Career Services for a complete listing of all the opportunies we provide to help you succeed.
Migrant Education Outreach Program
The Migrant Education Outreach Program (M.E.O.P.) assists school districts in meeting the unique needs of migrant children.