Tips for BBE movers and shakers!

| September 22, 2011

Whether you are working on your IP, student teaching, or wading through the seemingly endless amount of literature in Foundations (which by the way, you should hold onto for future classes and research!), the process of becoming a NY certified bilingual teacher is no small feat.  But don’t let it keep you up all night.  You have resources, options, and opportunities galore here at TC.

Some basic tips!

1. Make sure you are in the right program.  Talk to your adviser about your individual interests, aims, and professional plans.

2.  Take initiative.  Familiarize yourself with the New York State Department of Education website.  ALL of the information for teachers is on this page: http://usny.nysed.gov/teachers/

3. Prepare for NYS certification on your own time.  The BBE program provides all of the courses and teaching hours required by New York State DOE.  However, it is your responsibility to register, prepare, and take the NYS certification exams.  Not sure what tests you’ll need to take in order to become certified?  Visit this site: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/

4. Visit the TC Office of Teacher Education.  They know everything about the ins and outs of certification: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ote/

5.  Talk to each other!  Chances are you can solve most of your problems, make friends, and consider your options by simply communicating.

6.  Be creative!  We are multilingual, multicultural, and multitalented individuals.  We base our career on the idea that there is no, one, perfect or correct way to do something.  The same goes for each of us. Don’t forget that!

7.  Remember that the process is just, if not more important than the final degree, certificate, and/or employment.  Enjoy learning for learning’s sake.

8. Get out into New York City.  It’s the best.

9. Meet and thank Rebecca Solow. She is the backbone of our program and she’s an artist!

10.  In the time it took to write and publish this post, the DOE made some changes to certification requirements.  View them here: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsl2011.html

Hope this helps!

Sarah Cacicio (Second year MA Bilingual/Bicultural Ed. not leading to certification, research assistant, waitress, and blogger extraordinaire.)