In 1908, the first graduates of The College of New Rochelle received teaching certification from New York state. In keeping with this long tradition of preparing women to enter the field of education, the School of Arts & Sciences Education Department continues to offer teacher preparation programs approved by and listed with the New York state Education Department.
The Education Department provides teacher preparation within the framework of a women’s liberal arts education. Students in the Education Department complete their college studies in three areas: the Liberal Arts core curriculum; a chosen major course of study; and a planned sequence of pedagogical courses in the Teacher Education program.
The Teacher Education curriculum includes 34 to 38 credit programs comprised of required education courses, including courses in related disciplines to address the objectives and goals of the main certification programs. Additionally, Liberal Arts core courses, fieldwork experiences, and ongoing activities and special events help the students attain the objectives of their certification areas. With the addition of 2-3 supplemental courses, and added field experiences, students can complete dual and triple certifications in their areas of interest.
The Teacher Education program in the School of Arts and Sciences emphasizes the development of knowledge, dispositions (of appropriate professional beliefs, values, and attitudes) and skills, which comprise professional competence. Program development is guided by standards established by national, state and professional organizations. As students progress through the program, courses require more extensive fieldwork and more active participation within classes in local schools. Coursework provides strong preparation in teaching to the professional and state standards, and helps teacher candidates develop a sound understanding of the educational needs of diverse students across the range of developmental levels encompassed by the certificate. Those who complete the program receive NYS initial certification in their area of concentration.
The quality of the Education program is enhanced by frequent and, for some, ongoing advisement and close mentoring by faculty members, the support of a strong liberal arts faculty, and the cooperation of local school teachers and administrators. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively as they explore new ideas in rigorous course work and apply their knowledge to pre-teaching fieldwork situations. Students observe, and then participate in a variety of class lessons and activities in a variety of locations. As beginning practitioners, graduates leave with a solid teaching foundation on which to build additional effective teaching practices, and receive encouragement to expand their skills continuously and to continue to explore professional opportunities.