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NEWS10 Special Report: Common Core, teaching the teachers

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Common Core is a phrase heard in every classroom in New York, and that includes classrooms at the college level as well.

When the common core curriculum was adopted in 2010 in New York for grades K-12, The Sage Colleges in Troy began re-vamping their own program for education majors.

Current teachers are learning the common core through professional development days, but any new hire will be expected to have the ability to teach the common core right from the start.

Joann Harnden is in her second semester of her Master's program at Sage in Childhood Education.

Every class in Sage's teacher education curriculum has aspects of the common core built into it.

Students are expected to create lesson plans and homework assignments that align with the common core.

"I have professors that I can turn to and ask questions," says Harnden.  "I can talk to practicing teachers and hear their thoughts, without having the pressure on myself at the moment, of thinking, the state tests are coming up in a week."

While future teachers like Harnden have time, one of the biggest complaints from current teachers is they do not.

"I would see teachers in tears, on the brink of tears, teachers with their heads in their hands and just looking distraught and frustrated," says Marilyn Held.  "That should not be happening."

Held retired in June, after 38 years of teaching in the public school system.  Held says the decision is one the common core made for her.

"I was planning on staying another two or three years, but common core put me over the edge and I left," she says.

But aspiring teachers have no choice but to embrace the common core.

Dr. Lori Quigley, the dean of and a professor for the Esteve School of Education at the Sage Colleges, says the teachers she certifies must understand it and be able to teach it, and in the end, those skills will be essential for landing an interview.

"They did come back and tell us they were grateful for those experiences in their classes because they know without those, they would not have gotten those limited positions that were open," says Dr. Quigley.

Wednesday on NEWS10 ABC, we'll get parents' take on the common core when it comes to homework.

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