BA Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to any of the BA degree programs in Education, you must:

  • Participate in a Pre-Application/Admissions review meeting with your Department Mentor (at this point you should have between 45 and 60 credits)
  • Pass all CUNY Assessment Tests (ACT)
  • Complete at least 60 and no more than 90 credits
  • Complete all New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) Literacy Workshops [EDUC 496 Critical Reading and Writing; EDUC 498 Academic Literacy Skills Test Preparation]
  • Complete the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) of Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  • Complete all MEC core requirements or their equivalents for the AA degree
  • Maintain cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 with a grade of C or better in MEC core and education courses or their equivalents
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits in MEC mathematics core courses or their equivalents with a minimum GPA of 2.7 and with a grade of C or better in MTH 136 AND MTH 220 or MTH 231
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in English 112 and English 150 and English 209 or their equivalents. (You may repeat English 112, 150 or 209 to replace an original grade in English 112, 150, or 209. English 210 or 208 may also replace an original grade in English 112 or 150. English 211 may replace an original grade in English 209 to raise the English GPA to 3.0 or better)
  • Complete and submit a formal application for one of the BA degree programs in Education, submit Pre-Professional portfolio, and participate in an interview with the Education Department Admission Committee.

BA Application

All BA Degree Program candidates are required to take three (3) to four (4) NYSTCE tests for teacher certification. The ALST, EAS, CST-Multi-Subject and CST-Students with Disabilities (for dual special education majors) are required for graduation. To ensure that candidates reach their goal, the department offers a series of professional development workshops.

School of Liberal Arts and Education
Education Department
1650 Bedford Avenue, Suite 1007
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 270-4910


To: Education Candidate
From: Education Department
Subject: Fingerprinting Requirements for Student Teaching & Early Field Experience

Effective January 15, 2007, New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) requires all Student Teacher candidates and Early Field Experience candidates entering New York City Public Schools to be fingerprinted before entering the classroom.

Required payment for fingerprinting is $115.00, in the form of a US postal money order, or a personal check. Credit cards are accepted at 65 Court Street only. Students must also be prepared with required documentation for fingerprinting. (see

If you were previously fingerprinted by NYCDOE or New York State Education Department (NYSED) you must present your picture ID when entering a New York City public school to perform Student Teaching. Being fingerprinted at this juncture will speed up the hiring process after graduation, because all New York City Public School Teachers must be fingerprinted before being employed and you will have one less step to contend with during the hiring process.