Dec 03, 2020
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QUEST Program Overview
The Quality Urban Elementary School Teacher (QUEST) program is an undergraduate childhood teacher education program that prepares students to become New York State certified teachers of childhood education grades 1-6. QUEST is a 30-credit program completed over either four or six semesters that includes extensive field experiences attached to courses. The six-semester sequence is designed for students who enter Hunter College as freshmen. The four-semester sequence is designed for transfer students and other students who do not apply to QUEST until they have completed 40 or more credits.
QUEST 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. QUEST collaborates closely with New York City public schools to provide outstanding field experiences for students.
The program of study for the BA degree at Hunter College consists of a minimum of 120 credits. All students must major in one of the following liberal arts or sciences subjects: English language arts, English, history, geography, social studies (available as a major in the geography department), mathematics, biology or chemistry. QUEST serves as a collateral major in addition to a student’s major in Hunter’s School of Arts and Sciences. Students must also complete the college General Education Requirement (GER), which consists of a core and graduation requirements in writing, pluralism and diversity and in a foreign language. Because the QUEST program requires MATH 10400 , students are exempt from GER/Stage 3, Group B.
Required Coursework in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Teachers in elementary schools
Teachers in elementary schools are required to teach all subject areas in the curriculum and thus need a broad liberal arts background in addition to specialized knowledge of teaching. Therefore, students will be required to complete the following liberal arts and sciences courses, or their equivalent (most of these courses can be taken within the college’s General Education Requirement):
Students in the childhood education
Two additional courses that are required for students in the childhood education program are
* Computer Science does not count as a science course in meeting this requirement.
** Courses in FLMP, MED, MEDP do not meet the arts requirements.
Six-semester sequence for students entering Hunter College as freshmen
- 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences***
- Minimum GPA of 2.8
- Prerequisite for MATH 10400 : either a score high enough on the CUNY COMPASS to be placed in MATH 104 or completion of MATH 10100
- ENGL 12000 (or a 200- or 300-level writing course), with a grade of B or better
- Declaration of an appropriate liberal arts and sciences major: biology, chemistry, English, English language arts, geography, history, social studies (an option within the geography major), or mathematics
Four-semester sequence for transfer students and other Hunter College students who apply after completing 40 credits
- Transfer students may enter the program with 40 to 72 credits. (Students with more than 72 credits should complete their liberal arts and sciences major and apply to the master’s degree program in childhood education.)
- Transfer students with 60 or more credits, a GPA of 3.3 or better and a grade of B or better in ENGL 12000 do not have to present Hunter College grades. Transfer students with GPAs between 2.75 and 3.29 will have to complete 12 credits of coursework at Hunter College with a GPA of at least 2.8 before a final decision will be made on their application to QUEST.
- Transfer students must meet all other requirements listed above for admission as well as the progress standards that follow.
*** 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.
Students must receive grades of C or better in required coursework in liberal arts and sciences and in QUEST 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 C-, D+ or D in a non-fieldwork course or a grade below B in a fieldwork course. Students must officially reregister for these courses. Students who receive an F in any course or a D+ or D in fieldwork may not continue in the program. Students must also maintain a GPA of at least 2.8 throughout the QUEST program.
In order to register for QSTA 40600 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Elementary School, students must have completed MATH 10400 and MATH 10500 . Transfer students may be allowed to enroll in QSTA 40600 after completing MATH 10400 and registering for MATH 10500 if their progress through the QUEST program would be delayed by the requirement for MATH 105 as a prerequisite with the approval of the program coordinator.
In order to register for QSTA 41400 Teaching Science in Elementary Schools, students must have completed two courses in science, at least one of which must be a laboratory science.
In order to register for QSTA 41200 Teaching Social Studies through Literature, the Arts and Technology in Elementary Schools, students must have completed HIST 15100 and HIST 15200 , or one of these courses plus GEOG 10100 .
Students should register to take the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations during their junior year. Students will not be allowed to enroll in Student Teaching (QSTA 41500 ) until their scores on the LAST and ATS-W have been received by the QUEST field placement coordinator. Students who do not pass the LAST must enroll in the School’s Reading and Writing Workshop for Teachers before being allowed to register for any additional courses.