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 About the Division of Education

Queens College offers undergraduate programs that prepare students for teaching elementary, middle, and high school levels. Satisfactory standards in scholarship, health, motivation, and character are expected. Departments may refuse matriculation or order withdrawal from courses if students do not meet these standards.
The Bachelor of Arts is granted in the following areas:
Art Education (Pre K-12)
Biology Education (Grades 7-12)
Chemistry Education (Grades 7-12)
Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Chinese-Mandarin Education (Grades 7-12)
Earth Science Education (Grades 7-12)
English Education (Grades 7-12)
Family & Consumer Sciences Education (Grades 7-12)
French Education (Grades 7-12)
German Education (Grades 7-12)
Italian Education (Grades 7-12)
Latin Education (Grades 7-12)
Mathematics Education (7-12)
Music Education (Pre K-12)
Physics Education (Grades 7-12)
Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)
Spanish Education (Grades 7-12)
TESOL-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Pre K-12)
The Bachelor of Science is granted in the following area:
Physical Education (Pre K-12) 
Queens College offers integrated programs of advanced studies leading to the degree of Master of Science in Education. Through these programs students enrich their knowledge of a specialized area of education or a related area of human service; and they develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed for successful professional practice.

In addition to master’s degree programs, Queens College offers special advanced certificate programs for prospective school administrators and supervisors and school psychologists.
For students with baccalaureate degrees who lack undergraduate work in education and/or areas related to the school curriculum, initial certificate programs are available in Elementary and Early Childhood Education (Master of Arts in Teaching, see below) and Secondary Education (see Initial Certificate Program).
Graduate students are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits from other institutions with permission of the appropriate chair. The degree of Master of Science in Education must be completed within three years of the date of the first credit earned, with a one-year extension possible.
Change in Requirements for Admission to all Graduate Education Programs:
All New York State registered graduate level teacher education and educational leadership programs (i.e., all Post-Bachelor [Post-Bacs], Master of Arts [MATs], and Master of Science in Education [MSEds], and Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate Programs [Adv. Certs]).
The Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)*; a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, or its equivalent; three professional letters of recommendation; and a personal statement (essay). *Note: As of December 13, 2017, the GRE is no longer required of New York State certified teachers and educational leaders with graduate degrees, applying for additional graduate level teacher education and educational leadership programs.
The Master of Science in Education is granted in the following areas:
Art Education (Pre K-12)
Biology Education (Grades 7-12)
Chemistry Education (Grades 7-12)
Counselor Education (Pre-K-12)
Early Childhood Education (Birth–2nd grade)
Earth Science Education (Grades 7-12)  
English Education (Grades 7-12)
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
French Education (Grades 7-12)
Italian Education (Grades 7-12) 
Literacy Education (Birth–Grade 6 and Grades 5-12)  
Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
Music Education (Pre K-12) 
Physical Education (Pre K-12) 
Physics Education (Grades 7-12)
School Psychology (Pre K-12)
Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)
Spanish Education (Grades 7-12) 
Special Education (Birth-2nd Grades, Grades 1-6, Grades 7-12)  
TESOL-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Pre K-12)
The Master of Arts in Teaching is granted in the following areas:                                      
Art Education (Pre K-12)
Biology Education (Grades 7-12)
Chemistry Education (Grades 7-12)
Childhood Education (Grades 1–6)         
Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1–6)        
Early Childhood Education (Birth–2nd Grade)
Earth Science Education (Grades 7-12)          
English Education (Grades 7-12)       
Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
Physics Education (Grades 7-12)
The Post Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate is granted in the following areas: 
(Initial Certificate Programs):
Art Education (Pre K-12)
Bilingual Education Extension (Pre K-12)
Biology Education (Grades 7-12)
Chemistry Education (Grades 7-12)
Chinese-Mandarin Education (Grades 7-12)
Earth Science Education (Grades 7-12)
English Education (Grades 7-12)
Family & Consumer Sciences Education (Pre K-12)
French Education (Grades 7-12)
Italian Education (Grades 7-12)
Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
Music Education (Pre K-12)
Physical Education (Pre K-12)
Physics Education (Grades 7-12)
Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)
Spanish Education (Grades 7-12)
The Post Master's Advanced Certificate is granted in the following areas:
Additional Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) Must be certified in Early Childhood B-2
Additional Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grade) Must be certified in Childhood 1-6
Bilingual Education Extension (Pre K-12)
Bilingual Pupil Personnel (Pre K-12)
Library Media Specialist (Pre K-12)
Literacy Education (Grades Birth-6, Grades 5-12)
School Building Leader (Pre K-12)
School District Leader (Pre K-12)
School Psychologist (Pre K-12)
Special Education (Birth - 2nd Grade, Grades 1-6, Grades 7-12)
Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages (Pre K-12)
TESOL and Elementary Bilingual Education (Pre K-12) Must be certified in Childhood 1-6

Clinical Experiences and Field Placement
All students in the Education Division must complete a clinical component to graduate and to become certified in their discipline.  Each program has specific expectations and requirements based on the minimum established by the New York Stated Education Department.  The clinical component includes time spent in schools, libraries or mental health facilities working with children and professionals in your field of study. If you want to know more about the specific requirements for your program please contact your program leadership directly. Requirements to participate in clinical experiences can include fingerprint clearance, pre-requisite courses, course GPAs and/or permission from your program leadership.  For students in the teacher education programs specifically, there is a Field Placement Office in Powdermaker Hall Rm 135.  There you will find the Field Placement Coordinators and can contact the clinical professors who work in concert with the programs to help you have an appropriate learning opportunity in your clinical experience.

 New York State Certification
The Office of Teacher Certification serves as the liaison between teacher education programs at Queens College, and the New York State Education Department’s Office of Teaching Initiatives. The certification office assists candidates who have completed their New York State registered education preparation program(s) at Queen College to obtain their New York State certificate as a Classroom Teacher and/or Administration and Pupil Personnel Services. New York State periodically changes certification guidelines for teacher and other education professionals.  Students and alumni are responsible to stay current with the latest certification guidelines available online from the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives. The Queens College, Office of Teacher Certification also maintains information on their website:

Diversity Access Support Programs
NYC Men Teach:
The CUNY NYC Men Teach program provides academic and financial supports to program participants, with the goal of supporting them through the certification and hiring process, so they can enter the NYC teaching workforce as effective urban educators.  Program participants may receive monthly metro cards, free certification exam practice tests and other financial incentives, as well as access to a dedicated program counselor who will help with advertisement and academic supports.  NYC Men Teach participants also convene for a semester-long seminar focused on culturally-responsive education.  Please contact the NYC Men Teach director for Information.
Teacher Opportunity Corps: 
The (TOC) program provides academic and financial supports to diverse individuals who are from groups under-represented in the field of teaching.  Eligible participants are enrolled In Queens College and are entering, or are on a track of study to complete a teacher preparation major for a NYS Initial Teaching Certificate as a first-time teacher.  Benefits includes a $3, 250 stipend per academic year to help cover tuition or state tests costs, plus a stipend for books and commuting.  TOC participants also benefit from access to a dedicated project support manager, who will help with advisement and academic support.  Students In the program engage in a 200-hour internship in a public school located in community district 27, 28, or 29.  They receive monthly professional development workshops from the NYC Dept. of Education (DOE).  Also upon successful initial teacher certification, job placement support is offered by the Queens South Field Support Center.  Please contact the Teacher Opportunity Corps program director for information.
Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) Partnership: 
Queens College in partnership with the New Visions for Public Schools and the NYC Department of Education, offers a Trans-B alternative teacher certification program for select teaching majors.  You'll take courses at Queens College towards a master's degree in adolescent education and will apply what you're learning in real time with the students you teach, while in residency in a NYC public-school.  Your professors and coaches will work together to provide personalized, targeted support as you master curriculum, instruction and assessment.  UTR residents benefit from a personal teaching mentor, deferred tuition, job placement assistance and ongoing support after the residency year.  Please contact the program coordinator for information.


The Albert Angrilli Award in School Psychology is an annual award of $200 given to a graduating student in the school psychology program who has demonstrated excellence in academic achievement as well as commitment to the field of school psychology. The recipient is an individual who holds promise for becoming an outstanding school psychologist. For information, please contact the school psychology program coordinator.
The Alice Artzt Mathematics Teaching Award. $1,000 is granted to a graduating student in the Master of Science program in mathematics education. The criteria employed by the committee in choosing the individual are: grade-point average of 3.75 education index; 3.50 college index along with grade of A in student teaching (if taken at the college). Demonstration of special traits such as dedication, extra effort, need; a philosophy of teaching reflecting the approach recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The Ted Bernstein Award is given for outstanding professional promise in School Psychology. Sponsored by the New York Association of School Psychologists in memory of Ted Bernstein, an outstanding school psychologist, it is given to one graduating student from each school psychology program in New York State. This student exemplifies the best qualities of a school psychologist and is committed to improving the lives of children and their families.

The Clarence Bunch Art Education Award. $100 is granted to a graduating undergraduate or graduate student in the Art Education Program. This award is administered in honor of Clarence Bunch, who was a faculty member in the program for many years and chair of the Department of Secondary Education & Youth Services. The criteria in choosing the individual are grade-point average and dedication to arts in education.

The Alison Carson Award, was created to honor her legacy in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis. Each year, a student in the Board Certified Behavior Analyst program of Special Education is selected for this award.  This individual not only is a strong student academically, but also has demonstrated his or her commitment to supporting individuals with severe disabilities using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis.

Esther and Eugene Cohen Memorial Award. Honoring the parents of Professor Marian C. Fish and Richard A. Cohen, this annual award is given to an exceptional School Psychology student in his or her internship year who demonstrates a special interest in and commitment to working with children, adolescents, and their families who come from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Robert Edgar Award in Social Studies. $150 is granted to a graduating undergraduate or graduate student in the social studies secondary education program. This award is administered in honor of Robert Edgar, who was a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education & Youth Services. The criteria in choosing the individual are grade-point average and a dedication to teaching social studies.

The Alan Hamovitch Award for Excellence in Special Education, $1,000, was established by the late Dr. Hamovitch who was Provost here at Queens College for many years. This award is intended to honor his son, Alan, now an adult, who has significant disabilities and lives in upstate New York. This award is given yearly to a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in special education. The recipient must demonstrate a solid commitment to the field and exemplify extraordinary work in research, teaching, and advocacy by going the extra distance to improve the lives of students with disabilities and their families.

The A. Joan Klein Scholarship is given annually to an undergraduate or graduate woman with an interest in becoming a teacher.

The Solomon Levine Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has finished his or her freshman year of college or a graduate student who is pursuing a Master’s in Secondary Education. The student must demonstrate identifiable interest in teaching as a secondary education teacher (middle school or junior high school level) in the New York City public school system. The student must be in financial need as demonstrated by the college financial aid office. The award will be given to a full-time student with a minimum college or graduate school GPA of 3.0.

The John Lidstone Award in Education. $500 is granted to an undergraduate or graduate student who plans on returning to the field of education. This award is administered in honor of John Lidstone, who was a faculty member and Dean of Education. Criteria in choosing the individual are grade-point average and dedication to the teaching profession.

The Dr. O. Bernard Liebman Award is given annually to an exceptional school psychology student in her or his internship year who demonstrates dedication and service to the field of school psychology.
The Howard Margolis Social Justice Award was created to honor one graduating candidate in the MSEd Program in Special Education each year who has demonstrated his or her commitment to the rights of students with disabilities through action.  

The Sally Steinberg Memorial Award honors her memory and dedication. This award recognizes a student whose leadership and active participation in the School Psychology Program exemplifies the values that Sally Steinberg held dear.

The Rachel T. Weddington Education Award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the teaching of inner-city students and who is an outstanding student in both his or her education courses and in his or her major or co-major.

The Corinne J. Weithorn Scholarship in School Psychology. The school psychology program is proud to administer a scholarship in honor of Corinne J. Weithorn, who was a faculty member in the program for two decades and chair of the Department of Educational & Community Programs. Professor Weithorn was strongly supportive of all her students. In particular, she was aware of the difficulties experienced by graduate students who were also mothers of young children. The Weithorn family has established a fund for a scholarship of $6,000 to assist a woman school psychology student who is raising a family while pursuing her education. For information, contact Roslyn P. Ross, Chair, School Psychology Scholarship Committee.


 Office Information


Division of Education

Queens College, CUNY
Powdermaker Hall, Room 100

65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11367

(718) 997-5220

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Division of Education
Craig A. Michaels

Division Secretary:
Lynne Bellantuono
Division Administrative Assistant and Budget Manager:
Kimberly McCants

Director of Assessment, Accreditation:
Sonia Rodrigues
Assessment Coordinator:
Beata Breg

Chalk and Wire Implementation and Training Coordinator:
Alan Gonzalez

Director of Teacher Certification:
Amy Lui

Clinical Experience:
Edwina Branch-Smith, SEYS
Michael Perrone, EECE
Field Placement Coordinators:
Victoria Dell’Era, ECP
Evelyn Lee, EECE & SEYS
Diversity Access Support Programs
NYC Men Teach:
William Anders

Teacher Opportunity Corps:
Richard Diaz and Judy Yu

Urban Teacher Residency Partnership:
Richard Diaz

Education Departments
Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Chair: Daisuke Akiba

Department of Secondary Education & Youth Services
Chair: Eleanor Armour-Thomas

Department of Educational & Community Programs
Chair: Emilia Lopez 

 Chalk and Wire


​The Professional Education Unit at Queens College has adopted an e-portfolio, web-based assessment management system called Chalk & Wire, to ensure that our candidates have the knowledge and skills they need to become effective practitioners, and to advance assessment for learning.

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 Assessment & Accreditation


 Education Honor Society


Kappa Delta Pi is the national honor society in education. It was founded March 8, 1911, at the University of Illinois, and the Kappa Gamma Chapter was installed at Queens College on December 16, 1963. It encourages excellence in scholarship, high personal standards, improvement in teacher preparation, distinction in achievement, and contributions to education. Invitations are extended to students in
education on the basis if their cumulative and education indices, promise in the field of teaching, and faculty recommendation. Contact Dr. Lila Swell, Head Counselor (718-997-5305).


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