A Brief Description of Advanced Standing
The Advanced Standing Program is for those students who have at least five years’ previous experience in the Human Services field with a minimum of three of those years working in one of the Purpose areas taught at Metropolitan College of New York. They are as follows:
- Purpose III: Groups
- Purpose IV: Teaching
- Purpose V: Counseling
- Purpose VI: Community Liaison
- Purpose VII: Supervision
Students also must be candidates for a Baccalaureate degree and have completed two semesters at the college; candidates for the Associates degree are not eligible. The student must be in good academic standing.
A student who is accepted takes an online course with Dr. Ruth E. Lugo, Professor and Coordinator of the Advance Standing Program. This means that instead of taking five courses they take one. For those Purposes requiring Math, students must take the in-person Math course.
In Advanced Standing students write a portfolio, which documents their previous experience. Each week students complete a different assignment. Some assignments are similar to a CA, but most are somewhat different. Each week Dr. Lugo gives the student feedback on the assignment, and then the student is expected to revise. There are two to three drafts for each assignment. This is not an easy course; many of students have been challenged by it and have ultimately enjoyed it. It is a course for advanced students: advanced in career experience, academically advanced and advanced as writers. It does require that you use your independent learning skills. Professor Lugo answers questions and guide as much as possible through on-line communication, but generally once the course begins, she does not meet with students in person but will be available during office hours at room 728 in the Manhattan campus. At the end of the course, students who put their heart into this class, come out as more mature thinkers and writers more than ready for graduate school.
How to Apply for Advanced Standing
Deadline for submitting materials: WEEK 10 (November 16, 2018)
Those who are accepted will be required to attend an in-person session the first Friday of the first week of the semester for the Spring: January 11, 2019 at 5:00pm. This class is mandatory. If you cannot attend DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM.
Part 1 – Essay
- Send an email to Professor Lugo at firstname.lastname@example.org. to alert her of your interest in applying and which Purpose you want to be exempted.
- Write an essay of 350-500 words stating the ONE Purpose you are applying to be exempted from. Give a rationale justifying why you are qualified to be exempted from this Purpose. Use specific examples from your work experience and note any special training you have had.
Include your full name, student ID#, e-mail address at MCNY, and phone number.
E- mail the information to email@example.com
Part 2 – Resume
Attach a functional resume, which is 2 to 3 pages long.
You may want to make an appointment with Mr. John Edwards, Director of Career Development Room 631, to have the resume reviewed before is submitted with the application materials.
This resume must highlight your strengths in the field and demonstrates your experience in the area for which you are seeking exemption.
Avoid providing just a list of work done.
Part 3 – Writing Sample
Attach a written assignment, which was part of your course work at MCNY for which you received a high grade.
This writing must showcase your writing and research skills. It must include a reference page and demonstrate knowledge of APA citation.
Do Not submit a whole Constructive Action document. You may submit the literature review from a Constructive Action document if it is an integrated literature review. A summary of books and/or articles is not acceptable.
This writing sample should be 3-5 pages.
Part 4 – References
A: Attach (or submit in person or leave in Professor Lugo’s mailbox) two reference letters from supervisors or directors who know your skills in the area in which you are seeking exemption. This person should:
- State your years of experience
- Your strengths
- Give examples of how you performed your job
- List any training that you have had
These letters must be on company letterhead and signed. They should be from employers, not friends.
B: Provide the names of two previous Purpose Professors.
Special Note on Purpose 5 Counseling
Those students seeking exemption from Purpose 5 must:
- Give evidence of their experience with two different For instance, twelve years of experience working with substance abuse would not be acceptable, but six years of experience with substance abuse and six years with the elderly would be acceptable.
- Provide evidence (such as certificates) of specific training in counseling skills. Without such proof of this specific training you cannot be exempt from Purpose 5.