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Queens College has over 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.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education offers three distinct paths that lead to either certification, a degree or both.  The Queens College undergraduate program in elementary education prepares students for the New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6.  The graduate programs lead to New York State certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, and Early Childhood Education, B–2. The department offers a 39-credit program leading to the Master of Science in Education degree (MSED) for students who have completed a teacher certification program in elementary/early childhood and currently hold a provisional or initial teaching certificate. Students interested in pursuing a literacy certification can apply to the MS Literacy Teacher, B-6 program leading to New York State professional certification in Literacy Education, B-6, and the degree of Master of Science in Education.  For students who have completed their master's degree, the department offers a 15-credit Post-Master’s Certificate Program resulting in a Certificate of Advanced Study in a specific field. Students interested in bilingual education have several options, including a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with Bilingual Extension, a Master of Science in Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension, and an Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Education.  

Educational and Community Programs

The Department of Educational & Community Programs offers graduate degree programs in four distinct areas.  The Counselor Education Program prepares individuals for careers as professional counselors in educational, mental health and community settings. Second, the Educational Leadership Program is at the post-master's level and leads to New York State certification as School Administrator-Supervisor. Third, the School Psychology Program meets in full the academic and internship requirements for New York State Certification in School Psychology and is approved as a training institution in School Psychology by the New York State Department of Education and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Lastly, the  Special Education Program prepares candidates to work with school-age individuals with disabilities through obtaining either a Master of Science in Education degree or a Post-Masters Certificate in Special Education. It does not offer undergraduate courses.

Secondary Education and Youth Services

The Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services offers three distinct paths that lead to either certification, a degree or both.  The Undergraduate Initial Certification Program entails a sequence of courses in a subject discipline along with SEYS courses. The Graduate Initial Certification Program is designed for students who already hold an undergraduate or graduate degree but who do not have the required courses to qualify for a teaching certificate. The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) Program is for students who already hold an initial certificate in a teaching discipline and wish to pursue advanced studies in education. Graduates from this program are awarded an MSEd degree.

Music Education

The Music Education program includes the same sequence of music courses as the music major, several additional music courses (as listed below), and a sequence of courses in education and music education which leads to the Initial New York State teacher certification.

Fitness, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

The academic program in physical education prepares individuals for a Bachelor of Science degree and for service as teachers in physical education. It leads to New York State Initial Certification for teaching physical education in pre-kindergarten through grade12 with a concentration in human movement, sport, and exercise science.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

One undergraduate track in linguistics prepares students to be teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in K-12 school settings; the other track is in general linguistics. Graduate programs and advanced certificates are offered for K-12 and adult TESOL.

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