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 The Center for the Improvement of Education at Queens College *

Vision Statement:
The Center for the Improvement of Education at Queens College was established by the City University of New York in 1980 and is dedicated to increasing research, scholarship, and the implementation of critical, culturally-sustaining pedagogical practices aligned to the Education Unit Core Values of "promoting EQUITY, EXCELLENCE, and ETHICS in urban schools and communities", and to the dissemination and utilization of the Center's research findings to improve the learning and well-being of all Pre K-12 learners and their families, with particular emphasis on those urban learning who are most vulnerable and at risk for academic failure and community marginalization due to a variety of cultural, linguistic, and other diversity and societal factors.

Service Initiatives and Diversity Recruiting Support Programs
NYC Men Teach is a partnership between the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Department of Education and CUNY which aims to improve the diversity of the NYC teaching workforce by adding 1,000 male teachers of color into the teacher pipeline by 2018. NYC Men Teach at CUNY builds upon our commitment to educate and support students in urban schools, and highlights the importance of deep clinical, culturally-relevant and restorative practice.

An internship program for diverse students (undergraduate or graduate level) who are accepted to Queens College to become first time teachers.  Participants gain early teaching experience under the guidance of mentor teachers, during a weekly (min. 5hrs) paid internship in Southeastern Queens public schools in districts 27, 28 and 29. This opportunity serves as a warm up to build and strengthen your teaching abilities in advance of formal student teaching. Additional enrichment includes professional development workshops provided by our NYC DOE partners at the Queens South Field Support Center, participation in the QC Education Club  and job placement support upon successful degree completion and initial certification.

Queens College Urban Teacher Residency 
Alternative Transitional B Certification Program
Teaching faculty from Queens College in partnership with mentors from the NYC DOE, work together to prepare you to be the expert teacher you aspire to be. You will get paid to work daily teaching on the job as you transition from initially co-teaching to eventually teaching independently by the end of the residency. Late afternoons and evenings your support includes taking integrated courses at Queens College that build on your field experience.  From recent college graduates to career changers, our diverse residents are committed to powerfully impacting students’ lives through teaching in New York City urban public schools in Queens and Brooklyn.
The mission of the Queens School of Inquiry (QSI), an Early College Initiative School is to provide engaging, student-centered mastery-based learning to all students in grades 6 through 12.  Our inclusive environment, designed to support the whole child, prepares students to enter and successfully complete college early.  Students at the Queens School of Inquiry have the opportunity to earn up to 62 tuition free college credits.  A close collaboration with CUNY Queens College, the greater City University of New York and a dedicated and expert teaching faculty, helps us promote college and career readiness.  We are a neighborhood school that emphasizes real life applications in our effort to educate caring and ethical citizens. 



 Office Information

Craig A. Michaels, Ph.D.
Dean, Division of Education
Queens College, CUNY
Powdermaker Hall, Room 100
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367
(718) 997-5220


* The Center for the Improvement of Education was officially established at Queens College by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York in 1980.  
This draft of a proposed Vision Statement was created for review by & possible adoption by the EPP Executive Committee at their 12/19/2017 meeting.
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