Academic Advisor

Dr. Sassy Sasson
2900 Bedford Avenue
James Hall-Room 2111
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Main: 718-951-5214
ssasson@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Success Stories

The LEAP to Teacher program at Brooklyn College serves over 100 undergraduate and graduate students every semester with a high rate of retention and graduation.

The Murphy Institute LEAP to Teacher (LTT) program at Brooklyn College serves as a central resource for participating para-professionals who have issues, questions, or concerns about any aspects of their learning journey at Brooklyn College. The main purpose of the LEAP to Teacher program at Brooklyn College is to enable employed para-professionals in the NYC Department of Education (D.O.E) to further pursue their education and advance their career. We help each student to enter and complete all degree requirements in a timely fashion and without undue stress. We have the best interest of each and every student at heart.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Studies

The School of Education at Brooklyn partners with the LEAP to Teacher program to prepare the new generation of teachers to serve the diverse New York City student populations. It offers undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, and Art Education; Childhood; Bilingual, Special Education and Secondary Education.

Graduate Studies

Brooklyn College offers a wide range of graduate Masters Programs. These include Early Childhood, Middle School, and Secondary Education. There are specialized programs in School Counseling, School Psychology, Special Education, Bilingual Education, and Educational Leadership. Additionally, an internship certificate option is available for most programs which enable students to begin full time teaching after completing half of their courses toward a Master degree.

Academic Support

On Campus LTT Services

The LEAP to Teacher program provides a full range of support services to undergraduate and graduate students. These services may include:

  • Assisting with the admission and registration process to Brooklyn College
  • Advisement to students to ensure that their college experience is positive and rewarding
  • Offering pre-admission services such as: essays/personal statement preparation
  • Assisting with assignment comprehension and writing improvement
  • Providing tutorial assistance for writing improvement (resumes, cover letter, essays, applications)
  • Assisting with special opportunities including: scholarships, D.O.E Career Training Program (CTP) vouchers and financial assistance
  • Maintaining contacts with alumni to provide career opportunities

Off-Campus LTT Services

The LEAP to Teacher program offers a variety of free non credit courses and workshops. These workshops/courses are designed to enhance students’ math and writing skills, and to prepare them for the New York State Teachers Certification Exams.

Educating All Students (EAS)

The EAS exam preparation workshop focuses on the skills needed to effectively teach diverse populations. The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Techniques to approach various multiple choice questions.
  • Constructing an effective constructed written response.
  • Test taking strategies.
    Please visit the Fall 2018 Test preparation workshops schedule.

Combined Early Childhood and Childhood Multi-Subject (CST)

The CST exam preparation workshop focuses on the strategies required to be successful in the multi subject specialty test for grades K- 6th. The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Literacy and English Language Arts (Multiple choice and constructed written response)
  • Mathematics (multiple choice and Constructed written response)
  • Arts and Sciences (multiple choice)
  • Test taking strategies.
    Please visit the Fall 2018 Test preparation workshops schedule.

The Writing for Future Teachers Course certificate program is a free course designed to reinforce literacy skills necessary for effective teaching. Running on consecutive Saturdays, students learn the importance of computer literacy, verbal reasoning, analytical writing and test preparation.  Embedded tutoring is also provided. This service includes tutoring for grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, wordiness and paragraph development. This course is open to LEAP to Teacher students only. To apply for this course, please contact your Site Coordinator to complete an application.

The Mathematics for Future Teachers Course certificate program is a free course  that focuses on how to efficiently teach Pre-K and elementary mathematics. Running consecutively on Saturdays, students learn the importance of becoming an effective problem solver, how to identify common math misconceptions, as well as how to prepare for the CST exam.  Embedded tutoring is also provided. To apply for this course, please contact your Site Coordinator to complete an application.

As a collaborative effort, the LEAP to Teacher Program and the School of Education at CSI organize the annual Mathematics Connection Conference every May. The conference offers: a wide variety of interactive presentations, panel discussions, activities for children, specially designed for teachers and educational students.  Please contact your LTT advisor to get more information.