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Policy Title:
Teacher Preparation Programs

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Effective Date:
June 08, 2001

This policy item applies to:
Community Colleges
State-Operated Campuses
Statutory Colleges
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This policy sets forth new guidelines for State University New York’s (University) teacher preparation programs. This policy assists campuses in the planning of teacher education programs, makes clear the expectations for current programs and explicit operative criteria in the system-level review of academic program proposals leading to New York State teacher certification.


The State University of New York University (University) will fulfill its commitment to educate excellent teachers through a system-wide action agenda with the following components:

A.    Give all University students pursuing teaching careers the best possible preparation to become effective teachers by:

1.    Assuring that students are thoroughly grounded in the subjects they teach.

B.   Address New York State’s growing need for excellent teachers by:

1. Enabling more University two-year college graduates to become teachers.

a.    A group of two- and four-year college faculty and administrators will be convened to design an academic program at two-year campuses for qualified students pursuing teacher education programs. The program would then be accepted by senior campuses as fulfillment of a portion of the teacher preparation curriculum. The two-year curriculum will be sensitive to accreditation issues and include:

i.     University General Education Requirements;

ii.     Introductory education courses and prerequisites for teacher education programs; and

iii.    Initial practical experience or observation in a school classroom.

b.    Two-year and baccalaureate colleges will negotiate revised and jointly registered programs to bring more qualified two-year students into teacher education programs.

c.    Two-year and baccalaureate colleges will collaborate to assure expert counseling and advisement of qualified two-year college students pursuing teaching certification programs.

d.    Partnerships of two-year and four-year campuses will be organized to assure broad geographic access to University teacher preparation programs for place-bound students.

2.    Enabling working professionals and other educated adults to become teachers.

a.    System administration will work with individual campuses or groups of campuses to develop alternative certification programs for candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree and demonstrate competence in an appropriate content field. These programs will provide clinical experience in the classroom and instruction in relevant pedagogy.

b.    Campuses will obtain formal agreements with school districts: to provide classroom mentor-teachers; to accommodate the integration of instruction in pedagogy for candidates; and to assure support for successful candidates until they obtain professional certification.

c.    Creation of alternate certification programs will targeted high-need school districts and subject areas, and may serve geographic areas without access to University teacher certification programs.

3.    Preparing more University students to teach high-need subjects such as mathematics, science, special education and languages other than English.

a.    University will advocate expansion of government incentive programs, such as New York’s Teachers of Tomorrow, to include undergraduates who pursue high-need teaching credentials.

b.    Campuses will undertake aggressive recruitment of students to pursue certification in high-need subjects.

c.    Campuses will pursue private funding for scholarships and incentives to address teacher shortages in high-need subjects.

4.    Meeting the special challenges of urban public education in New York’s cities.

a.    The University will establish an Urban Teacher Education Center (SUTEC) in New York City with the purpose to increase the number of University-educated teachers who take positions in the city’s schools and to serve as a laboratory for enhancing the effectiveness of teacher preparation for urban schools.

b.    The University will promote increased service to the urban schools in other cities, such as Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and others, including the possible establishment of teacher education centers in these cities.

C.   Continuously assessing and improving University’s teacher education programs by:

1.    Subjecting programs to rigorous external review and by earning accreditation.

a.    All programs will be accredited by a recognized agency.

b.    The University supports the establishment of alternative accrediting agencies to provide choice for campuses.

2.    Conducting ongoing research on University’s graduates and on best practices in elementary and secondary education.

a.    Campuses will survey school systems that employ University-educated teachers and use information derived from surveys to respond to concerns and improve programs.

b.    Both as a system and through the work of its faculty, the University will conduct research on best practices for preparing teachers, for gauging teaching effectiveness, and on identifying the characteristics of successful teachers.

       Results of research will be shared with the Board of Trustees and thereafter widely disseminated.

3.    Standing behind the professional competence of every graduate of University education programs teaching in the state’s schools

a.    On behalf of University, the chancellor affirms the University’s confidence in its teacher education programs. The University guarantees that every graduate of the University’s teacher education programs is fully prepared to assume responsibility as a teacher in the area of his or her certification. To this end, the system administration will fund, during the candidate’s first two years of teaching, further education if needed.

b.    The University will engage its collaborating schools as partners in educating new teachers and will provide continuing professional development for in-service teachers.


There are no definitions relevant to this policy.

Other Related Information

High need school districts are listed in the July 2004 report, New York: The State of Learning (Chapter 655 Report); see the districts with need/resource capacity (N/RC) code 1 through 4.

Teacher Education Transfer Template


Teacher Preparation Programs, Guidelines for the Implementation of SUNY's


There are no forms relevant to this policy.


The following link to FindLaw's New York State Laws is provided for users' convenience; it is not the official site for the State of New York laws. 


NYS Education Law §355(2)(h) (Powers and duties of trustees.)


In case of questions, readers are advised to refer to the New York State Legislature site for the menu of New York State Consolidated.

Board of Trustees Policies – University Officers (8 NYCRR Part 328)


Memorandum to presidents from the office of the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs dated January 8, 2003 regarding policy guidelines for the implementation of A New Vision in Teacher Education.

Chancellor King made teacher preparation a policy priority for the State University of New York in June 2001 by creating an action agenda, entitled A New Vision in Teacher Education, based in large part on recommendations of the Advisory Council on Teacher Education. This policy followed a survey of all current baccalaureate certification programs, a review of the status of related issues, and input from presidents of 11 University campuses to advise on particular elements in New Vision needing further attention by faculty and academic administrators.


Appendix A - Report of the Provost's Advisory Council on Teacher Education

Appendix B - Initial Report: Provost's Mathematics Education Task Force

Appendix C - A New Vision in Teacher Education: Agenda for Change in SUNY's Teacher Preparation Programs