Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, and School Violence Training for MST Students


MST students must fulfill the New State Education Department Requirement for instruction and training in the following three areas (this requirement MUST be met prior to student teaching):

  1. Substance Abuse
  2. Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  3. Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention.

Requirements A, B, and C can be met by completing Plattsburgh's 3-credit course, HED 310 Foundations of Personal Health.

This course will provide basic health information and survey health issues in both society and the school setting.  Designed to acquaint candidates with understandings, attitudes and practices, which contribute to better individual, and group health practices.  Emphasizes self-direction of health behavior.  This course meets the NYS certification requirements for substance abuse, child abuse and school safety.  This course also fulfills the state requirement for training in child abuse and neglect identification and reporting.

Requirement A can be met through:

  1. Completion of Adirondack Community College's 3-credit course, HED 103 College Health.  This course is an introduction to health issues of concern to the college student.  Current concepts and trends in such areas as emotional health, human sexuality, transmissible diseases, and substance use and abuse are emphasized.  Note: This course contains background information concerning the effects of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco on the human body and society as required for the certification of teachers in New York State.  OR
  2. Completion of one of the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, "Here's to Your Health," OR "Drug and Alcohol Abuse" (go to the DSST Program website at www.getcollegecredit.com for more information).  Contact Melissa Cooper in the ACC Registrar's Office, 743-2280 for information about taking the exam at ACC.  The cost is @ $40.

NOTE:  www.istudysmart.com offers an on-line course for the DANTES test, "Here's to Your Health."  The cost of their course is considerably higher than just taking the exam, but, they do recommend a study text, Access to Health (7th edition) by Rebecca J. Donatelle, ISBN 0-205-33664-7] for their course/exam.

Requirement B can be met by:

  1. Completion of the BOCES workshop Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.  This 2-hour workshop costs @ $20, and is offered monthly at the Gick Road Conference Center, 7 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 581-3720/746-3720.  To register, contact Janice Coso at 581-3750/746-3750.  OR
  2. Completion of the NYS Nurses Association on-line course NYS Mandated Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (www.nysna.org ).  This on-line course costs @ $20 (go to the Nurses Association website and click on "Logon & Learn" to get to the list of on-line courses).  OR
  3. Completion of the on-line workshop Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect offered through www.childabuseworkshop.com .  This workshop costs @ $40 (there is a discount if it is taken with the Violence Awareness Workshop listed below).  OR
  4. Completion of a training workshop offered by another approved provider (see the NYS Education Department Office of the Professions website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/camemo.htm ).

Requirement C can be met by:

  1. Completion of the BOCES workshop Training in School Violence Prevention and Intervention.  This 2-hour workshop costs @ $30, and is offered monthly at the Gick Road Conference Center, 7 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 581-3720/746-3720.  To register, contact Janice Coso at 581-3750/746-3750.  OR
  2. Completion of the on-line Violence Awareness Workshop offered through www.violenceworkshop.com .  This workshop costs @ $50 (there is a discount if it is taken with the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect workshop listed above).  OR
  3. Completion of a training workshop offered by another approved provider (see the NYS Education Department Office of Teaching website: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/save.htm ).

NOTE:  This information is provided as a resource for our students and should not be construed as an endorsement of any of the above services.