Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Educational and Community Programs!!
Our department prepares school and mental health counselors, school psychologists, special education teachers, and educational leaders. To learn more about our programs, see the links below.
I welcome you to our department and encourage you to explore our programs. Our graduate programs provide excellent specialized training. Upon graduation you will be certified to work as a special education teacher, school counselor, mental health counselor, school psychologist, or school administrator and enter the workforce with the credentials needed to work in those fields. We also provide specialized training for bilingual professionals seeking to obtain expertise in the delivery of bilingual and multicultural services. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their teaching, scholarly work, and leadership in their professions. We will prepare you to make significant contributions to children, youth and families in diverse communities via your service and leadership. Please contact us if you have questions, need guidance, or want to apply to enter one of our programs.
Emilia C. Lopez, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor
Department of Educational and Community Programs
Powdermaker Hall, Room 033
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367
The mission of the Department of Educational and Community Programs (ECP) is to prepare practitioners for professional service and leadership in schools and community agencies in and around New York City.
Our graduate programs provide a rigorous education and embody and reflect the Education Unit’s conceptual framework and organizing themes as well as the standards established by their professions, Queens College and its Division of Education, the City University of New York, and the New York State Education Department. The department is committed to candidate excellence, as well as diversity in enrollments, faculty, curriculum, and field placements.
1. Provide a rigorous graduation education in special education, school counseling, mental health counseling, school psychology, and school leadership.
2. Prepare our graduates to work with children, youth and families from diverse racial, cultural, and linguistic communities using an ecological framework that examines problems and solutions from a variety of perspectives (e.g., developmental, social, cultural, language).
3. Promote diversity, equity, and social justice in education, community work, and mental health service delivery.
4. Generate new knowledge through research and scholarly work that advances theory and practice.