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.
- Provide a rigorous graduation education in special education, school counseling, mental health counseling, school psychology, and school leadership.
- 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).
- Promote diversity, equity, and social justice in education, community work, and mental health service delivery.
- Generate new knowledge through research and scholarly work that advances theory and pratice.
All candidates must meet appropriate standards in scholarship, communication skills, character, ethics, interpersonal relations, and social judgment to continue in their chosen programs. Candidates are obliged to meet the college standards, as well as the academic standards established by their particular programs.
Responsible preparation for work in school and community settings requires that in addition to meeting the academic standards established by each program, candidates demonstrate appropriate personal characteristics, which would include professional judgment, ethical conduct, and integrity at all levels. In addition, candidates are expected to demonstrate compassion and sensitivity to client issues and effective management of personal stress or adjustment difficulties. All candidates are subject to review by their program faculty, and sanctions, such as dismissal, may result from deficiencies. Candidates have the right of appeal, and should familiarize themselves with guidelines set forth in program handbooks and the Queens College Bulletin.