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Teaching Fellows: Cohort 25

School of Education

Teaching Fellows: Cohort 25



As you all are aware, you've got until the end of your time at CCNY to complete any missing liberal arts credits and/or educational prerequisites that may be required for the completion of your program. Your adviser can assist you in determining exactly what avenues are available to you in completing these requirements. Please see below for how/when you can reach your adviser.  

Childhood Bilingual Fellows:
Nancy Stern, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bilingual Education & TESOL, Faculty Liaison to the NYC Teaching Fellows, and Adviser to Bilingual Childhood and TESOL Fellows
Phone: 212-650-5184
Office: North Academic Center, Room 4/204B
Email for appointment

SPED/SPED Bilingual Cohort 25 Fellows:
Laura Rader, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Special Education
Phone: 212-650-7206
Office: North Academic Center, Room 3/227H
Email for appointment

Class Requirements and Course Sequences

Please see the links below for an updated list of the classes you must take before graduation and the recommended sequence in which you complete these courses.  Please note that the following sequences and requirements do not include any educational or liberal arts prerequisites for which you may be responsible.  To discuss prerequisite requirements, please speak to your adviser.

Copies of the following documents can be picked up from the Teaching Fellows office located in the North Academic Center, Room 3/213:

  • Bilingual Childhood Class Requirements and Course Sequence
  • SPED Class Requirements
  • SPED Course Sequence 
  • Bilingual Extension Checklist
  • SPED with Bilingual Extension 2-Year Course Sequence
  • SPED with Bilingual Extension 3-Year Course Sequence
  • Educational Prerequisites for SPED and SPED Bilingual Fellows

Transitional B Certification

If you have questions or concerns or need help figuring out how to apply for your Transitional B certification and/or for your bilingual extension, or if you have questions related to state tests and other requirements such as DASA or mandated reporting training, please contact

Margaret Schehl.
Phone: 212-650-5590
Office: North Academic Center, Room 3/213
Email for appointment

Initial Certification

We strongly recommend that all teaching fellows take and pass all exams required for initial certification before graduation.  Upon your graduation from the program, your Transitional B license will expire, and you will need your Initial Certification in place before you're allowed to teach in a DOE school.  You can only receive your Initial Certification once you've passed all exams, applied for your Initial Certificate(s), AND paid the $50 (or $100 for those who must apply for the bilingual extension) application fee(s).  
The exams required for Initial Certification are as follows (please note: the requirements below are IN ADDITION to the tests you had to pass for your Transitional B, the EAS, the ALST, and the CST multi-subject):
  • To be recommended for Initial Certification in Childhood Education WITH a Bilingual Extension, you must pass the following exams:
    • edTPA (content area: elementary education)
    • Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) 
  • For all SPED 7-12 fellows (including the bilingual extension fellows), you will need to pass the following tests before you will be granted Initial Certification:
    • edTPA (Special Ed)
    • CST for Students with Disabilities
    • The NEW CST multi-subject for grades 7-12 (see below for information on the CST safety net)
    • Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) - BILINGUAL EXTENSION FELLOWS ONLY 
  • For all SPED 7-12 fellows (including the bilingual extension fellows), most of you have taken and passed the OLD CST multi-subject.  This old test will allow you to keep your Transitional B certification.  It will not, however, be accepted when you go to apply for initial certification.  For initial certification, you will have to pass the NEW CST multi-subject for grades 7-12.

CST Safety Net Option

Multi-Subject CST (Grade 7 - Grade 12) - Safety Net for Part Two: Mathematics

The Board of Regents at the January 2016 meeting created a Safety Net for Candidates who take and fail Part Two: Mathematics of the new Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 Content Specialty Test which is required for Students with Disabilities – Grades 7-12 - Generalist Teacher Certification.    Here is the link to the Regents item:

In order to be eligible for the safety net, a candidate must pass Part One (Literacy and English Language Arts) and Part Three (Arts and Sciences) of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 CST then take and fail Part Two (Mathematics) of the CST and then complete a mathematics tutorial that will be provided to candidates who qualify.  The tutorial is intended to review mathematics lessons aligned to the New York State Learning Standards for mathematics comparable to the content on Part Two of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 test. The tutorial also prompts candidates to answer certain questions to review the skills needed to prepare them for the math portion of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12.   

Upon completion of the mathematics tutorial, candidates then submit an attestation form that must be completed by the higher education institution they attended, attesting that they have completed at least one college mathematics course (3 semester hours) and received a grade of 3.0 or higher or the substantial equivalent in that course. The attestation must be signed by the Dean, Chief Academic Officer, or the substantial equivalent at the college/university certifying that the candidate attended the college/university, and has satisfactorily completed comparable mathematics coursework at such college/university.

Note: Any exam requirement to be satisfied by one of the safety nets must be satisfied on or before June 30, 2016. For example, a candidate who has failed both the edTPA and the ALST may use both applicable safety nets. However, all the requirements for the edTPA Safety Net and the ALST Safety Net must be met on or before June 30, 2016; the candidate will then have one additional year, until June 30, 2017, to complete all other requirements (example: coursework; DASA training).