Childhood Education – QUEST (BA)
Welcome to the Childhood Education – QUEST (BA) program home page. Use this page as a guide to the program from acceptance to graduation.
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-credit program in which students complete the course sequence over four or six semesters.
- Ann Ebe, Faculty Advisor
- Nora McCormick, Administrative Advisor
- Robin O’Leary, Clinical Placement Specialist
New Education Majors
Welcome to the School of Education! Visit the New Education Majors page for next steps.
New Education Majors Support
If at any point you need support, please reach out to our New Student Liaison at email@example.com or make an appointment.
Fingerprint Clearance Requirements
All students in teacher preparation programs as well as programs in school counseling need to be fingerprinted so that they are cleared to work with children in various settings including New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) public schools, charter networks, and other organizations. Visit the Fingerprinting page for requirements and procedures.
The program sequence provides a suggested order of courses for the program based on start date. For technical registration support and troubleshooting, please visit the Register for Classes page.
Hunter College Catalog
To review descriptions of specific courses and academic progress standards for the program along with exit requirements please use the course catalog for the year you were admitted to the program.
Course Catalog Summer 2022 onward
Course Catalog prior to Summer 2022
Students in the Childhood Education – QUEST (BA) program participate in developmental field experiences (fieldwork), and supervised teaching (student teaching).
Fieldwork is a classroom experience in a New York City Public School in conjunction with a course. Select courses have fieldwork requirements.
For courses with fieldwork components requiring greater than 30 hours, students must apply to the Office of Clinical Experience and will be placed at a Hunter College Partner School in New York City.
Students must apply for the following courses with fieldwork components through the Office of Clinical Experiences before registering:
QSTP 300 – Fieldwork I
QSTP 300 includes a block of courses (QSTP 300, QSTB 202, QSTAP 401) that students will complete in a general education setting. Students must register for the same section for the block of 3 courses. Students report to their assigned classroom one day per week and attend 2 classes on an alternate day of the week.
Newly admitted (4 semester sequence) students will be given registration permission for Fieldwork 1 only by the Office of Clinical Experiences.
Students in the six semester sequence apply via the QUEST Fieldwork Application.
QSTP 301 – Fieldwork II
QSTP 301 includes a block of courses (QSTP 301, QSTA 410, QSTAP 412) that students will complete in a general education setting. Students must register for the same section for the block of 3 courses. Students report to their assigned classroom one day per week and attend 2 classes on an alternate day of the week.
All students apply via the QUEST Fieldwork Application.
QSTP 302 – Fieldwork III
QSTP 302 includes a block of courses (QSTP 302, QSTAP 406, QSTB 413) that students will complete in a general education setting. Students must register for the same section for the block of 3 courses. Students report to their assigned classroom one day per week and attend 2 classes on an alternate day of the week.
All students apply via QUEST Fieldwork Application.
- Fall Semester: April 1st
- Spring Semester: November 1st
Registration, Application and Placement Process
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission and notifies students via their myhunter.cuny.edu email address one week before registration opens.
- Student registers for course once permission granted.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences places students at a Hunter College School of Education partner site and notifies them via myhunter.cuny.edu email address.
Fieldwork Hours Time Record Form
Supervised Teaching: Student Teaching
Students participate in supervised teaching (student teaching) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching requires five full days per week for one semester. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester.
Students must pass the following New York State exams before registration permission is granted for Supervised Teaching:
- Educating All Students (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grades 1 – Grades 6) (Parts 1-3)
All students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Clinical Experiences before registering.
- Fall Semester: April 1st
- Spring Semester: November 1st
- Summer Semester: N/A
Registration and Placement Process
Student Teachers are placed by the Office of Clinical Experience with a mentor/cooperating teacher at a Hunter College Partner School in New York City. Students teach alongside the mentor/cooperating teacher throughout the semester.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews student teaching applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission.
- One week before each semester registration opens, the Office of Clinical Experiences informs students of next steps through their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences will place students at a Hunter College School of Education partner site in New York City and notify their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
Current students who are eligible for practicum and secure a teaching position that requires NYS certification may apply for an internship certificate. Students must apply for practicum first and will only receive instructions thereafter.
Visit the Internship Certificate page for eligibility requirements and application processes and procedures.
Supervised Teaching Time Record Form
Certification and Licensure
This program prepares students to become New York State certified teachers of Childhood Education. Visit the Certification and Licensure page for information and support.
Graduation is the official completion of your program and conferral of an academic degree. In order to graduate, students must apply for graduation using CUNYFirst the semester before the semester of their planned graduation and complete any outstanding requirements by the stated deadlines. Visit the Graduation and Commencement page for complete information.