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Dr. Marie White to Present at SEYS Research Symposium at Queens College October 22

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Friday October 24, 2014

On October 22nd from 11:30 to 1:00, Dr. Marie White will be a guest speaker at the President’s Conference Room in Rosenthal Library, Queens College. Her 

topic will be “Teachers as Proactive Agents through Cycles of Self-Regulation”. 

Dr. White will be joining other presenters joining her in exploring the symposium 

theme of “Implications of Diversity toward the Preparation of Teachers for Urban 

School and Communities”.

This promises to be a rich experience for anyone wishing to consider the deeper 

issues facing today’s urban educators.

 from 11:30 to 1:00, Dr. Marie White will be a guest speaker at

School of Education Homecoming Dinner

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Friday October 24, 2014

The Nyack College School of Education Homecoming Dinner was held in the Presidents Hall

at Shuman on Friday, October 10th, 2014. We enjoyed a fine dinner and fellowship centered 

around the moving testimonies of Nyack School of Education alumni.

Dr. Looney welcomed everyone and expressed her appreciation for our outstanding SOE 


Dr. Harrigan kept the evening moving along with amusing stories. At one point he showed 

us that there was a common theme among the testimonies we heard – that working with the 

students who were the neediest resulted in the most amazing stories. All agreed that this is why 

we teach. 

We are very proud of our alumni and current students in the School of Education, and we can’t 

wait to hear even more amazing accounts!

School of Education Students Take the Lead!

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Amidst the talent present in our School of Education students, we have two 

highlights to share!

Donyelle Harrigan (Early Childhood Education Major) is the co-director of the 

Nyack College Gospel Choir. Here’s a clip of last year’s group:

2013 Nyack College Gospel Choir

Annah Aguilar (Childhood Education Major) is the Nyack Women’s Volleyball 

Team Chaplain.

See her profile at the Nyack Warriors official website here

Dr. JoAnn Looney Appointed to NYACTE Board of Directors

Posted by Eric.Nygard on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Congratulations to our own Dr. Looney on her recent appointment to the Board 

of Directors of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

NYACTE is a professional association representing NYS institutions of higher 

education who prepare teachers and other professional educators. They are also the 

state-level affiliate of the national professional association AACTE, the American 

Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Summer 2014 Update on State Certification Tests

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Tuesday July 15, 2014

Summer 2014 Update on State Certification Tests

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce that the preparation guides, along with updated test frameworks and other useful information for test preparation, are now available on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) website at for the Content Specialty Tests (CST) listed below.

Anticipated Open Registration Date – August 21, 2014

First Administration Date – September 22, 2014

English Language Arts




Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2)***

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1-Grade 6)***


Candidates taking one of the CSTs listed above on or after September 22, 2014, must take the revised CST examination for certification. Registration for the revised CSTs is anticipated to begin on August 21, 2014. The first administration of these more rigorous examinations will begin on September 22, 2014. Candidates should register and prepare for the revised CST examinations with these dates in mind, as the prior versions of these CST’s will no longer be available.


It is advised that you to take the exams before the September version goes into effect, particularly if you are taking the Multi-Subject as an Early Childhood, Childhood, Early Childhood-Childhood, or Childhood Special Education student.  Early Childhood-Childhood students that wait until September 22nd will have to take both the Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood and the Multi-Subject Teachers of Childhood....whereas the current Multi-Subject test covers both.

***When the revised Multi-Subject tests are implemented, candidates will need to pass each of the three sections of the assessment, (the Math, the English Language Arts and general knowledge sections will be scored separately) to meet the certification requirements.


The following tests do not yet have revised materials out: Social Studies, Students with Disabilities, English to Speakers of Other Languages, Music.


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