The Department of Educational & Community Programs (ECP) prepares candidates for leadership, instructional, and support positions in counseling, school leadership, special education, and school psychology. The four distinct graduate programs in the department lead to New York State-approved certifications, licenses, and specializations. Three of the four also lead to either a Master of Science in Education or a Master of Arts in Teaching. The programs in Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and School Psychology prepare graduates to take positions in schools, community agencies, industry, and other institutions that provide educational and human services.
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.