• Education

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    About

    Stern College for Women offers a major in education that prepares undergraduates for careers in teaching. The program is divided into two tracks: early childhood education (birth to grade two) and elementary education (grades one through six). Both are registered with the New York State Education Department.

    Upon graduation, students can qualify for the New York State Initial Teacher Certification once they complete all requirements of the major. As in past years, the Stern College pass rate on the 2010-2011 New York State Teacher Examinations was 100%.

    The Education Department also offers an 18-credit minor designed to provide non-majors with a broad exposure to the principal ideas and trends in contemporary educational theory and practice. The course of study is appropriate for students who are contemplating becoming teachers or entering fields that involve teaching, e.g. Syms School of Business majors who aspire to teach in the business arena or majors in the arts whose profession may include both art-making and teaching.

    Since 2007, the Programs in Early Childhood Education and Childhood (Elementary) Education have been accredited by RATE, The Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education of the New York State Education Department.

     

    Mission

    The mission of the Stern College for Women Department of Education is to prepare young women to become competent, capable, and caring teachers who are reflective, lifelong learners. The program is committed to developmentally appropriate best professional practices to improve teaching and learning for all children. The strong pedagogical core is aligned with the New York State Teaching Standards and directly informs our comprehensive and diverse course offerings. Fieldwork experiences and a full professional semester of student teaching in local urban public and non-public schools provide our pre-service students with solid preparation leading to New York State initial certification in early childhood (Birth-Grade 2) or childhood (Grade 1-6) education.    

    Unique to our New York State Certified Teacher Preparation Program is a special collaboration with Lincoln Center Institute that provides pre-service candidates with a foundation in arts integration. In addition, candidates who complete our program are prepared to teach children from diverse multicultural backgrounds, address differentiated learning needs, incorporate 21st century technological skills, and contribute meaningfully to their larger school communities.  

     

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