School of Education

Anti-Bullying (DASA) Workshop for School of Education Students

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Carman Hall, B39

This FREE NY State mandated anti-bullying workshop is being offered once this summer for School of Education students. RSVP to Iris Gonzalez-Cordova at OR 718-960-8474. Flyer

About Computer Based Tests

All New York State Teacher Certification exams are now computer based test. To learn more about computer based tests and to relieve any test anxiety, please visit our computer based test taking information module.

Important News & Update About the edTPA

"Safety Net" for students who did not pass the edTPA

The Department is pleased to announce that teacher certification candidates who fail the edTPA and choose to take the ATS-W instead of retaking the edTPA pursuant to the “Safety Net” adopted by the Board of Regents at its April meeting may request a test voucher code to take the ATS-W at no cost to the candidate. Information about the Safety Net

To apply for a voucher code for the ATS-W, please send an email with your (i) Name as it appears in your TEACH account, (ii) last five digits of your Social Security Number, (iii) Date of Birth, and (iv) your current Email Address to with a short statement that a test voucher code is requested.

Upon receipt of this email and verification of the candidate’s edTPA score, candidates will receive a test voucher code in an email to be used when registering for the ATS-W. Please note that there are no eligibility requirements for this voucher except that the candidate must have already taken and failed the edTPA.

Lehman College: School of Education would now like to announce the New York State Education Department emergency legislation regarding the edTPA.

Current students must complete the edTPA, but will not have to take the edTPA again if they fail it. Although all efforts should be towards passing the edTPA, students who receive a failing score now have a "safety net" enabling them to take the ATS-W and pass it before June 30, 2015 to get regular initial certification.

Therefore, if ANY student (in student teaching in need of initial certification) has not yet completed or submitted the edTPA, he/she MUST do so before the next scoring cycle. The test scoring dates by content area are listed here.

The subject line of a full report of the Amendment from the State Education Department:
"Emergency Adoption of Amendments to Section 52.21 and Part 80 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Provide Teacher Candidates, who Apply for TeacherCertification Prior to June 30, 2015 and Who Take and Fail the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), with the Option of Obtaining an Initial Certificate if the Candidate Passes the ATS-W Prior to June 30, 2015 and Subsequent to Receiving His/Her Score on the edTPA."

The specific action being taken regarding students:
"1. Any candidate who applies for and meets all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before June 30, 2015, except he/she does not receive a satisfactory passing score on the teacher performance assessment, if required, may be issued an initial certificate; provided that subsequent to receiving a score for the teacher performance assessment and prior to June 30, 2015, the candidate receives a satisfactory level of performance on the written assessment of teaching skills examination in lieu of a satisfactory level of performance on the teacher performance assessment.Transitional C certificate holders (generally Career and Technical Education teachers who are career changers or hold a graduate academic or professional degree) would be provided similar flexibility in meeting the edTPA requirement for a professional certificate."

NOTE: Any prior conversations that suggested students who fail would receive a conditional license and need to re-take the edTPA within 2 years is no longer accurate! The School of Education will continue to work towards supporting students in successful completion of the edTPA and all other certification exams. Having students pass all exams is our goal. But the new emergency legislation suggests that if a current student fails the edTPA, he/she will need to substitute a passing score with the ATS-W to receive initial certification.

Statement from Commissioner King


Candidate to Candidate: Reflections on Taking edTPA

Roshawna Cooper, a graduate of Lehman College in Childhood Education and participant in our School of Education Spring 2013 edTPA pilot, is in a series of videos now posted on the AACTE edTPA webste. Along with three other teacher candidates, Roshawna was recruited to talk about her experience in completing the edTPA and how it has impacted her teaching practices. The four field test participants to talk about major takeaways, biggest challenges and decision points and to offer advice to other candidates for successfully completing the edTPA process.

NEW ALST Exam Study Guide Is Available!

Candidates who are applying for certification on May 1, 2014 and beyond will be required to take the ALST Exam (which is replacing the LAST Exam). It is based on Common Core State Standards and is very different in form and content from previous state examinations. Candidates are encouraged to review the practice items and scoring rubrics carefully. As more information and study materials come out on this test, we will be sharing them with our students. Download the Study Guide or view on the NYSTCE website.

"Rising Scholars" highlighted in the new LUTE Update Issue!

Dean Fayne introduces us to six assistant professors who are "doing very exciting research and publishing their findings. While topics and methods may vary, one thread runs through their collective work: LUTE Theme II- Educate for Equity. Their research reminds us that we should be mindful of inequities and advocate for social justice. We also must look for evidence-based practices that will help to close opportunity and achievement gaps."

Spotlight Profile

Read about Music Professor Penny Prince on The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) website!

From, It's What We Do: Teaching more than music through music: "When pianist Penny Prince starting teaching music at Public School 37 years ago, she wrote original music for up to nine shows a year, for which her students wrote the scripts. [Now, she is] teaching music at Lehman College, where she started as a lecturer and is now an assistant professor.  She writes original songs for the annual musical at the college.  At January’s end, she was holding auditions for her newest production, “When I Get To Where I'm Going. “ Students, faculty, alumni and community members were all welcome to audition." Read full article



Lehman Summer

NEW! Anti-Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention Training Spring 2014

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies has scheduled a DASA training for Sunday, February 9 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Registration is now open! Call 718-960-8512 or visit Carman Hall, Room 128 to register in person. There will be another training on Saturday, June 7 (9:30-4pm).

Information flyer about DASA training and other teacher preparation workshops [PDF]

Current Mathematics and/or Science Majors Interested in Becoming a STEM Teacher!

Lehman undergraduate mathematics and science Freshman or Sophomore students interested in teaching those content areas in middle school can apply for the Noyce Scholars Program! If accepted, the program will offer three-year scholarship to complete a combined undergraduate and graduate degree, a laptop, paid internships and much more. Details


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