Division of Teacher Education
Richard E. Mace, Sr., Chair
Roberts Wesleyan College offers programs leading to New York State Teacher Certification and fulfills the terms of the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel.
To speak with a representative in the Division of Teacher Education, call 585.594.6610.
Admission to Teacher Education Programs
Students apply for admission to the Early Childhood and Special Education programs, the Childhood and Special Education programs, or the Adolescence Education programs during the spring of the freshman year. Students in the Music or Art Education programs apply for admission during the fall of the sophomore year. Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to student teach. Progress toward the degree and readiness to student teach will also be appraised between admission to the program and acceptance for student teaching. Students should refer to the progress chart below and contact the Undergraduate Division of Teacher Education for detailed admission requirements.
|Admission to the Teacher
|Student applies for admission after successfully completing a minimum of two Teacher Education Division courses.
||Student's progress is formally reviewed after successful completion of a minimum of four Teacher Education Division courses.
||Application to Student Teach
||Student applies to student teach when all prerequisites have been met, but no later than January 15 before a fall placement and no later than September 1 before a spring placement.
||Student Teaching Appraisal
||Student's progress is formally reviewed at the end of student teaching. Student receives a grade of pass or fail.
||Application for Degree
||Student submits "Application for Degree" form to be signed by Teacher Education advisor/advocate during the final semester of the program.
Student fieldwork in area classrooms, Observation/Participation Experiences (OPE), begins during the first year of a student’s program. Students will be responsible for transportation to many of the OPE sites. The Early Childhood/Special Education dual certification program, the Childhood/Special Education dual certification program, and the Adolescence Education program all require 150 hours of OPE. The Art Education (K-12) program requires 110 hours of OPE. The Music Education (K-12) program requires 100 hours of OPE. Students must satisfactorily complete all required OPE experiences prior to student teaching.
Education students, guided by a master teacher and college advisor, will spend one semester in area schools for their student teaching experience. Students will be responsible for transportation to their student teaching placements. The deadline for student teaching applications is one full semester prior to the student teaching semester:
January 15 – in order to student teach the following fall semester
September 1 – in order to student teach the following spring semester
Prerequisites for applying to student teach:
Completion of all Observation Participation Experience (OPE) hours is a prerequisite for applying to student teach.
Formal Admission (Stages One and Two) to the Teacher Education Division is also a prerequisite to student teach.