Students looking to become teachers through State University of New York colleges and universities will face higher admission requirements under a resolution approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees last week.
From Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl:
The change came from a recommendation by the New NY Education Reform Commission, which was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012 to recommend ways to improve the state’s education system. The SUNY system has over 17 teacher preparation programs and produces about 25 percent of the state’s teachers, according to Cuomo’s office.
“The quality of New York’s higher education system depends on having the best and brightest teachers in our classrooms teaching our students.” Cuomo said in a statement. “These new admission requirements will help ensure that we are recruiting from exceptional candidates to education our state’s students.”
For graduate programs, prospective teachers and principals must now have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and take a high-level exam, such as the GRE. For undergraduate programs, a student must have graduated within the 30th percentile of their graduating class.
The state currently has no standard in class rank for entrance into teacher preparation programs. The admission changes will take effect no later than the 2015-16 school year, according to the resolution.
“SUNY prepares thousands of New York’s teachers and school leaders every year and by raising the bar we can help improve educational outcomes in New York,” SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a statement.