LIU Post Announces New Programs to Develop Great Teachers, Fill Unmet Needs Throughout LI Schools


New Program Combines Multiple Certifications and Improved In-Class Learning

LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology is announcing new pathways to certification to help develop the next generation of great teachers.  These new programs will certify teachers in areas where there is a major unmet need throughout New York State.

“We have an obligation to provide our teacher candidates with the skills and dispositions to work with the next generation of young people, who are more challenging and more diverse than we have ever seen,” says Michael P. Hogan, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Education LIU Post College of Education, Information and Technology. “The teaching profession has never been more demanding and at the same time more rewarding than it is today.”

According to a May, 2017 report by the New York State School Boards Association, superintendents in all 12 geographic areas of the state identified special education as one of their top five unmet needs.  That same report showed that seven of the 12 regions, including Long Island and all regions south of the Hudson Valley, identified Teaching English as a Second Language as one of their top five unmet needs.

To meet these demands, LIU Post has created new pathways to certification, which will allow teacher candidates to be certified in a core area of their interest as well as an additional area, including Special Education or Teaching English as a Second Language. The demands and expectations of the Long Island community school districts make it imperative that teachers are able to manage complex academic challenges and, at the same time, meet the social and emotional issues of all students.

To ensure that LIU Post is preparing its teacher candidates to meet these challenges, we offer a rigorous academic pathway that leads to multiple certifications and access to partner districts in the spring of students’ first year. Our students will be in a school setting as soon as possible, getting to see firsthand what it means to be a teacher and learning to understand the culture of a school district: students will work closely with our outstanding faculty to understand theory and practice and be supported by an outstanding faculty of scholars and professionals.

The five new programs are:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades B-2) – 123 credits
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education/TESOL Education (Grades B-2) – 126 credits
  • B.S. in Childhood Education/TESOL Education (Grades 1-6) – 132 credits
  • B.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades 1-6) – 129 credits
  • B.S. in Childhood Education/Early Childhood Education (B-2, 1-6) – 129 creditsLIU Post alumni are leading school districts as teachers, principals, and superintendents across Long Island, New York City, and throughout the country.LIU Post’s undergraduate education programs are a springboard to outstanding careers in numerous fields. Distinguished faculty, exceptional students, and valuable school partners join forces to create our top-ranked academic programs. The College of Education, Information & Technology is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. All programs are approved by the New York State Department of Education. Additionally, LIU Post was recently honored by Colleges of Distinction with a Field of Study badge for its outstanding Education programs.

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