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Where We are Now

School of Education

Where We are Now

The City College School of Education is a community of scholar-practitioners who are committed to the practice and improvement of urban education.

You will have an opportunity to work with faculty who blend knowledge derived from multiple theoretical perspectives with an appreciation for excellent clinical practice and a deep understanding of the challenges facing urban teachers in the 21st century.

Connecting with a rich array of city institutions is vital in order to create the contexts for learning that are critical to our students' success.We partner with schools, other agencies serving children and youth, and a variety of cultural institutions to create field-based experiences that provide our students with the skills of clinical practice they will need as teachers.

Our programs include undergraduate teacher preparation in several areas, Masters Degrees leading to professional as well as initial certification, and Advanced Certificates that enable experienced practitioners to continue to develop the knowledge and skills they need to address the most critical needs facing urban schools.

Our Accreditation

The School of Education at City College is nationally accredited until 2023 by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In the final accreditation report, the School achieved an especially high score on the Diversity Standard. In addition to national accreditation of the Unit-as-a-whole, almost every program the school offers has been nationally accredited by its respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA), such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Education(NCTM), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI).

Data from the latest Title II report, the first to be compiled after new certification examinations for teachers were introduced in New York State, indicate that School of Education program completers are passing New York State certification examinations at rates comparable to those in the state as a whole:

Certification Route    Passing Rate     State Passing Rate
Traditional                              85                             88
Alternative                            100                            99

In regard to teacher certification, New York State has reciprocal relationships with most other States in the U.S.

Between 2015 and 2017, approximately 300 graduates of the City College School of Education were hired as teachers by the New York City Department of Education, 50% in shortage area subjects such as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Spanish Grades 7-12 and Special Education; 46% were hired in non-shortage areas such as Childhood Education, Social Studies Grades 7-12 and English Grades 7-12. Most hires are now teaching in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Graduates of the Educational Leadership Program are passing the School District Leader examination at a rate of 95% and the School Building Leader examination at a rate of 92%. The graduates of the School District Leader Program have gone on to work in instructional support positions in District Superintendent offices, and in Borough Field Support Centers.  Graduates of the School Building Leader Program are working as Assistant Principals and Principals in Department of Education and charter schools as well as serving as Department Chairs and in other administrative positions.


The Department of Philosophy

In 1897, the Department of Philosophy introduces courses in "History of Education" and "Principles and Practices of Education," and announces a three-year program for students intending to teach. In the same year, Legislation is passed in New York State, requiring common school teachers to have a course in pedagogy. In 1900, CCNY introduces a three-year course in pedagogy, including training in logic, psychology, and teaching methods.

The Department of Education

In 1906, CCNY establishes the Department of Education and Dr. Stephen P. Duggan (CCNY 1890) becomes the first head of the Department. During the academic year 1906-07, the College moves from the old building on 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue to the new uptown campus, and the Department of Education is located in the Main Building, now know as the historic Shepard Hall.

In 1913, the Department establishes a fully equipped Educational Clinic, including a complete Montessori material. In 1914, evening courses in Education are introduced. In 1917, women are first admitted to the college. Professor Duggan is succeeded by Professor Paul Klapper (CCNY 1904).

The School of Education

In 1921, The City College of New York (CCNY) School of Education is established and the following year (1922), Professor Klapper is appointed as Dean of the School of Education. He serves for 15 years (until 1937) when he becomes the first president of Queens College. The 16 subsequent Deans have included Professor Samuel B. Heckman, Esek Ray Mosher, Egbert M. Turner, Harold H. Abelson, Doyle M. Bortner, Joshua L. Smith, Arnold W. Webb, James L. Neujahr, Leonard Beckum, Martin Marin, David Bushler, Samuel Frank, Edward R. Lilly, Alfred S. Posamentier, Doris Cintron, Mary E. Driscoll, and the current Dean Gretchen Johnson.