Education is a leading issue in our nation today. Politicians and academics are searching for ways to show that students are learning and schools are effective. Standards, accountability, and funding are priority topics in the discussion of effective schools. Central to the effective schools discussion are the teachers and other school professionals charged with educating PK-12 students. In New York State, all higher education institutions that prepare teachers and other school professionals must be accredited. Accreditation requires a rigorous review that compels exploration, reflection, and articulation into the process of preparing teachers and other school professionals.
Queens College has 97 registered programs preparing teachers and other school professionals for New York State certification. The Division of Education has primary responsibility for the preparation of teachers and other school personnel and works collaboratively to fulfill its mission with faculty in the other three divisions, including the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and the Division of Social Sciences. The organizing structure for academic programs leading to New York State certification is the Queens College Education Unit.