New York, New York

CUNY - Hunter College

Graduate Elementary, Traditional

Suggested citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2020). CUNY - Hunter College Graduate Elementary. Teacher Prep Review. [Data set].
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Comments on analysis

Courses reviewed: CEDC 70400, CEDC 73000, and CEDC 70100

The research-based content proven to be necessary for teaching all children to read should be clearly evident in course materials such as lecture topics, assignments and textbooks. All of a program's required reading courses — not just some courses — should impart what is necessary to teach reading.

The program partly meets the standard because its coursework covers three of the five of the components of effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
but does not address:
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension Strategies

Elementary Mathematics
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Comments on analysis

Students cannot excel in mathematics without skillful instruction in the earliest years of school. Teacher candidates generally require three semesters of coursework, complemented by adequate field practice, to progress from a procedural to a conceptual understanding of the essential mathematics topics taught in the elementary grades.

Courses reviewed: CEDC 70500

Through a review of the coursework noted above, the program was found to require too few SCHs of content-focused coursework for teacher candidates to develop a comprehensive understanding of elementary mathematics.

Next Steps
To improve under this standard, require teacher candidates to complete at least four SCH of coursework focused on developing their conceptual understanding of numbers & operations, algebra, geometry, and data analysis & probability.

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Building Knowledge
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Comments on analysis

Because they cannot teach what they do not know, teacher candidates need to have content knowledge in English/language arts, social studies, and science. Graduate programs should make sure that their elementary candidates know the subjects they will teach, either by reviewing their transcripts, requiring that they pass rigorous standardized assessments, or requiring that they complete content courses by graduation. If candidates are admitted with deficiencies in content preparation, the program should clearly delineate necessary remediation.

The program meets only a small part of this standard because its review of applicants' content preparation addresses preparation in only two areas, and even in those areas the requirements fall short of the content elementary teachers need to know in:

  • Science
Requirements for preparation are very deficient in:
  • English/Language Arts
There are no requirements for preparation in:
  • Social Science
While the program may require that candidates have coursework in one or more specific topics, more guidance should be provided to prospective candidates about the content preparation that will best serve them in the classroom.

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