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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.


NYC SOE Team Signs on as Board Members with the CAUSE

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Monday May 19, 2014

NYC SOE Team Signs on as Board Members with the CAUSE

Miriam Velez and Marie White, the NYC education team, have signed on as board members with the CAUSE, a group that has been supported by Nyack School of Education in prayer and event hosting for the past two years.

Nyack College NYC campus has held several events for the Christian teacher in the public schools to come together with the CAUSE founder, Dr. Vernard Gant, and NYC school administrators and teachers in the pilot phase before an official launch.

Each meeting has brought Christian educators who are looking for a network for both spiritual and professional support as they serve in the most challenging learning environments.  Our alumni and network of school leaders have already formed relationships that are sustaining their service to the underserved populations of children in the public schools of New York City.

High School Students Visit with Teacher Alyssa Rice-Cruz, Nyack NYC Alumna

Posted by Diana.Nygard on Thursday May 8, 2014

High School Students Visit with Teacher Alyssa Rice-Cruz, Nyack NYC Alumna

In a joint effort with Admissions the NYC School of Education welcomed 15 ninth graders to the Manhattan Campus, and an Educational Psychology Class.  The students were accompanied by their teacher Mrs. Alyssa Rice-Cruz, an Nyack alumna, and Ms. Qadeera Seabrooks, a School of Education student who is placed at Murray Bergtraum as part of Nyack's work study program.

The ninth graders took a tour of the campus and came to the School of Education suite to listen attentively to our educational psychology class share technology driven projects about task analysis. They also shared personal stories about their individual paths at Nyack . The high school students were interested, attentive, and several expressed interest in attending Nyack in the future.

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