About this course
Teaching Literacy: Focus on Classroom Teaching is especially designed for teachers who hold, or are in the process of earning, initial New York State certification in Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education. This program is right for you if you want to deepen your literacy teaching skills by creating effective literacy instruction for diverse classroom and clinical settings. You will also develop teaching approaches that enable you to apply your knowledge to assess, design, and implement lessons that meet the strengths and needs of different literacy learners.
The criteria described here apply to applicants for all graduate degree programs. Applicants should consult specific degree program descriptions on this site for additional requirements and prerequisites. Bank Street College seeks applicants who demonstrate the following:
- A GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher in an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
- An aptitude for completing graduate-level coursework and academic projects of substantial scope and depth, as well as a capacity for making positive contributions in their professional lives.
- Sensitivity to others, flexibility, self-awareness, and a willingness and capacity to engage in self-reflection.
- Positive interpersonal skills in relationships with both children and adults.
- A healthy motivation and commitment to learning and to children.
Additional Admissions Criteria for Programs Leading to Certification
- Programs leading to initial certification in New York State require that applicants meet breadth and depth distribution in the liberal arts and sciences, including depth of at least ten courses in one liberal arts and science major or area of concentration. Students missing a course prerequisite will need to complete any undergraduate or graduate level course in the subject(s) required, as outlined in the acceptance letter, within their first year at Bank Street.
- Programs leading only to professional certification require that applicants have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification. Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program.
- Mature, self -aware and committed individuals who are excited about teaching and learning. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices and work with children.
- Excellent academic record and references.
- Initial certification in Early Childhood or Childhood General Education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity.