What was great about the TET program at Morrisville is it provided me with the opportunity to participate in several observations of teachers in the Morrisville-Eaton Central School District. Right from my freshman year I was able to observe and even teach my own lesson plans. This gave me more confidence and an advantage over other students when it came time to student-teach during my senior year in college.
Teacher Education (Transfer) A.A., A.S.
Program Related Activities
With a grant from the Sheila Johnson Institute, several teacher education–related activities have been brought to campus. The Prof. Mary T. Brown Lecture Series has featured the New York State Teacher of the Year among many other noted speakers. The "So You Want to Be a Teacher" film festival is televised each year on the campus television network. The Morrisville State Future Teachers of America Club is an on-campus club.
Speakers and Workshops
- 2008-2009 Lecture Series – Kathleen Acker, Assistant Principal of Walt Whitman H.S., Long Island, NY, Business Department Chair, and Technology Mentor Coordinator. Acker’s lecture topic, Get Energized – Start Teaching, will explore technology in the classroom, social and emotional learning, and introduction to administration. April 9, 2009.
- 2008-2009 Lecture Series – Vickie Mike, Chair of the Foreign Language Department at Horseheads High School & 2009 New York State Teacher of the Year. Mike’s lecture topic, How to Engage Students in the Learning Process Utilizing Technology, is derived from her 25-plus years of experience as an educator. She is described by her colleagues as always searching for new and exciting ways to engage students, and finding new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom. April 7, 2009.
- 2008-2009 Lecture Series – Michaela Muench, Canastota Junior-Senior High School Teacher & 2008 recipient of the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award. Muench's lecture topic, Teachers Impact Students/Students Impact Teachers, is derived from her experience teaching a variety of subjects in grades 9-12, including math, English, social studies, business and science. December 4, 2008.
- 2008-2009 Lecture Series – Sally Mitchell, East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District chemistry teacher & 2009 winner of the James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching, given by the American Chemical Society. Mitchell's Lecture Topic: What Do You Need to Become an Effective Teacher? Touching on curricula topics such as How to Engage Students in Learning Chemistry and ways to apply knowledge learned in a classroom environment to real world experiences in students' everyday lives. November 12, 2008.
- 2008-2009 Lecture Series – John Rice, Director of Science, Health and Family and Consumer Sciences, North Syracuse Central School District. Talk titled, "The Evolution of Education During the Past Quarter Century" with a focus on No Child Left Behind mandates. October 23, 2008.
- 2007-2008 Lecture Series – Mrs. Lee Beals, Coordinator of the Mid-State Student Support Network at OCM-BOCES, East Syracuse: workshop entitled "School Violence: Causes and Preventions." April 22, 2008.
- 2007-2008 Lecture Series – Teachers nominated by Morrisville State College students as their "best teachers ever" spoke on what it takes to be the best. Nov. 30, 2007.
- 2006-2007 Lecture Series – A Panel of Parents discussing "What do I want in a teacher for my child? What can I do to work with my child's teacher? And other educational issues for parents and teachers." April 26, 2007.
- 2006-2007 Lecture Series – 2005 MSC Grad Tonya Orcutt presenting "What's It Like?: Transferring to a Four-Year Teacher Ed. College? What about Student Teaching?" April 11, 2007.
- 2004-2005 Lecture Series – Liza Frenette, Morrisville State Grad, Asst. Editor of the New York Teacher, and author of two children's books: speaking on "Writing for Teachers and for Children." Mon., Oct. 18, 2004.
- 2003-2004 Lecture Series – Jeffrey Mangram, a Thought-Provoking Teacher at Manlius-Pebble Hill, Manlius, NY; Oct. 20, 2003.
- 2003-2004 Lecture Series – "Teaching in the City: three seniors from SUNY Cortland discussed the teacher education programs at the junior-senior level, student teaching in New York City, and what things you need to know to become a teacher. April 17, 2003.
- 2002-2003 Lecture Series – 2002 New York State Teacher of the Year, Barbara Gordon. March 20, 2003.