Sep 25, 2020
The Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 (QUEST) undergraduate teacher education program prepares students to become New York State certified teachers of childhood education. This program is committed to the preparation of urban elementary school teachers who can deal effectively with the wide range of diverse learning needs found among the City’s students. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools. This is a 42-45 credit program in which students have an option to complete the course of study over four or six semesters.
Declaring the Major
Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.
Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter.
The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.
Requirements to Declare the Major
- 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences (Students may apply to QUEST if the total of their completed credits plus credits in which they are currently enrolled is at least 30 credits.)
- A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
- Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
- Declaration of an appropriate liberal arts and sciences major.
- Participation in a group interview.
Liberal Arts & Sciences Major Requirement
All students in School of Education programs must also declare a major in the School of Arts & Sciences. This major must lead to a BA degree.
See the School of Arts & Sciences for more information on major options.
Academic Progress Standards
- Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and an education sequence index of at least 3.0.
- Students must receive grades of C or better in Childhood Education courses that do not include fieldwork. QUEST fieldwork courses require a grade of B or better. All QUEST courses are repeatable once by students who have received a grade of D in a non-fieldwork course or a grade below B in a fieldwork course. Students must officially re-register for these courses. Students who receive an F in any course may not continue in the program. Students who receive an F or D in fieldwork may not continue in the program.
- In order to register for QSTAP 40600 - Mathematics Teaching and Learning in Elementary School, students must have completed MATH 10400 (STEM) and MATH 10500. If progress through the QUEST program would be delayed by the requirement for MATH 10500 as a prerequisite, then the program coordinator may allow students to enroll in QSTAP 40600 after completing MATH 10400 (STEM) and registering for MATH 10500.
Course of Study
Academic Plan: CHILDED-BA
School of Education Exit Standards
Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:
- Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
- Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop. The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.