School of Education
About the School of Education
The Mercy College educational unit is dedicated to preparing effective educators, including teachers and other school professionals, who are reflective practitioners, equipped with the knowledge base, technological skills, research tools, and professional strategies and insights to empower them to help diverse populations of students succeed in their learning and community environments.
The values of competency, diversity, and ethical practice support the proficient development of candidates enabling them to become skilled professionals and lifelong learners. The unit is committed to creating innovative, flexible, and accessible programs of study for its candidates, and to developing partnerships and opportunities for collaboration and clinical experiences within Mercy College and with external communities.
Teacher certification is conferred by the New York State Education Department to candidates who meet all requirements for the issuance of the certificate. The School of Education's graduate programs lead to initial/professional certification recommendation depending on the candidates' teaching experience and academic preparation.
Emergency COVID-19 Certification Pathway
NYSED has announced a temporary certification pathway (Emergency COVID-19 Certificate) to assist all individuals facing difficulties in completing their certification tests due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals who have completed their academic programs leading to certification prior to September 1, 2020, but who have not met all certification testing requirements for the certificate or extension they are seeking, are generally eligible for this temporary certificate. Learn More
Message from Interim Dean Eric Martone
As Interim Dean, I welcome you to the School of Education! Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Here at Mercy College, our programs span the entire educational spectrum from early childhood through high school, including offerings in early childhood, childhood, secondary education, literacy, TESOL, bilingual education, special education and educational leadership. We also offer a unique five-year program, so you can begin taking graduate classes as an undergraduate, and earn a bachelor's and a master’s degree in five years.
Center for STEM Education
The Mercy College Center for STEM Education (CSE), creates opportunities for groups typically underrepresented in STEM to engage in enrichment activities for learning, career readiness, enjoyment, and personal and community growth. As the only such academic center in the Westchester and Rockland region, CSE hosts events, organizes activities and conducts community outreach that includes local schools and related research on STEM education. The CSE partners with Mercy faculty on initiatives and grants and provides opportunities for School of Education students to volunteer in the community and support STEM-related projects.
Global Education Review
Global Education Review is a forum for reporting approaches to and implications of educational practice, as well as the influence of social, economic, and political forces on educational practice in different countries or global regions. GER is published in thematic and non-thematic issues that reflect on historical and contemporary policy and practice in educational settings in the United States and abroad. Selected themes focus on issues that are relevant to the field of education, with implications for policy nationally and/or globally.
|Fall 2020||Spring 2021|
|Early Childhood and Childhood||297||269|
|Literacy and Multilingual Studies||163||154|
|Special Programs (Education)||21||16|
A trailblazer in the field of education, the Mercy College School of Education became the first institution in the United States to be awarded initial national accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Professionals (CAEP). In addition, all of our master's degree education programs in Childhood, Early Childhood, Secondary Education (English, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Social Studies), Special Education, TESOL, Literacy, and Educational Leadership are nationally recognized by their professional associations. National accreditation provides a seal of approval for Mercy and enhances our graduates' credentials when seeking employment.
Teacher Prep Program Data
Under Title II of the Higher Education Authorization Act, institutions with teacher preparation programs must report to their respective state (New York State Education Department) on specific data elements related to teacher programs annually. This information is compiled and made available to the general public by the US Department of Education on the aggregate level, by state, and by respective institution on an annual basis.
The Unit Mission:
The unit is dedicated to preparing effective educators, including teachers and other school professionals who are reflective practitioners and have the knowledge base, technological skills, research tools and professional proficiencies and dispositions to empower them to help diverse students succeed in their learning and community environments. The unit supports the values of competency, diversity, collaboration and ethical practice and commits itself to the tenet that all students can learn.
A Coherent Plan for the Preparation of Teachers and other School Professionals:
The Mercy College Conceptual Framework represents the group effort of faculty members in all unit programs to establish the philosophy, governing principles and standards to guide the unit and its individual programs. Through a consistent plan for curriculum, instruction, fieldwork, clinical practice and assessment, the Conceptual Framework sets forth the shared vision, mission, professional commitments and explicit proficiencies and dispositions the unit considers to be requisites for the preparation of teachers and other school professionals, enabling them to become Effective Educators.
Professional Education Unit Programs:
Programs in the School of Education:
- Early Childhood Education
- Childhood Education
- Secondary Education: Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry), English, Mathematics, Social Studies
- Special Education
- Educational Leadership
Programs in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences:
- School Counseling
- School Psychology
Unit values and competencies are supported by the six goals and related proficiencies that define the effective educator in the unit’s Conceptual Framework. The six goals are: Content Knowledge, Pedagogical and Professional Knowledge, Diversity, Technology, Reflection and Dispositions.
Overview of the Mercy College Educational Unit Candidate Goals and Proficiencies:
|Candidate Goals||Candidate Proficiencies|
|1. Content Knowledge||
1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of current research, theory, models and practice in the discipline or content area
1.2 Exhibit competency in the discipline or content area
|2. Pedagogical and Professional Knowledge||
2.1 Plan and deliver instruction and professional services to address students' cognitive, linguistic, academic, cultural, social, emotional and physical strength and needs
2.2 Implement differentiated strategies that align with professional standards
2.3 Use assessment and other data based sources of information describe, inform and document student learning
3.1 Implement curricula of inclusion and provide intervention services that respect and build on the strengths of students from diverse experiential backgrounds
3.2 Demonstrate fairness and equity in instructional and professional practice
3.3 Exhibit awareness of how students' cultural, linguistic, ethnic and experiential backgrounds contribute to the school and broader communities
4.1 Analyze and evaluate existing and emerging technological tools for advancing education goals and data-based decision making
4.2 Adapt technology effectively for student learning
4.3 Adhere to the ethical, legal and professional standards of technology
5.1 Apply current, evidence-based research to improve practice
5.2 Use self-evaluation for instructional and professional planning, promote health and well-being and maintain a safe and effective learning environment
6.1 Demonstrate commitment to ethical and legal practice through professional behaviors and consistent adherence to ethical standards
6.2 Demonstrate respect for the roles of all stakeholders in the school and broader communities
6.3 Demonstrate the belief that all students can learn through respectful interaction and by providing experiences that encourage all students to be successful learners
The unit has developed an assessment system to support the implementation of these goals and to help stakeholders better evaluate unit effectiveness and determine areas for improvement. It outlines a process for continuous review of the effectiveness of the unit’s programs and operations serving our candidates, and includes a wide array of assessment processes, including course based key assessments to evaluate candidates’ progress, course evaluations to evaluate instructional effectiveness, exit and one-year follow up surveys to examine candidates perceptions of the effectiveness of the unit’s programs, as well as employer surveys to obtain their employers’ perspectives on our graduates’ preparedness for employment in the field of education.
An Emphasis on Diversity:
The Conceptual Framework threads the values of diversity through the content, pedagogical and clinical proficiencies and professional dispositions required of unit candidates for teaching and other school professions. Within its curricula, assignments and standards for clinical practice, the unit stresses inclusion and respect for the ethnic, cultural and linguistic differences among its candidates and faculty and for those of students, parents and staff in P-12 communities. Mercy College is a federally- designated Hispanic-Serving Institution proud to serve a diverse candidate population and was ranked in the top 100 schools awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics (Hispanic Outlook 5/072012). The unit strives to recruit and develop teachers and other school professional candidates from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds who demonstrate their potential to provide quality instruction to all learners.
In their progression through their professional education programs, candidates have the opportunity to interact with each other and with college faculty in richly diverse environment. The faculty provides candidates with the academic and pedagogical context to integrate research and standards-based curricula into practice and provides knowledge into how cultural, linguistic, ethnic and experiential backgrounds contribute to solving problems.
Key assessments results indicate that candidates demonstrate the ability to work with students, families and colleagues in ways that reflect the various proficiencies and dispositions expected of them as professional educators. They demonstrate understanding, professional behaviors and values that are consistent with the belief that all students can learn.
Call for Third-Party Comments for CAEP Reaccreditation
Call for Third-Party Comments for CAEP Reaccreditation
The School of Education at Mercy College is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on December 6-8, 2020. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). We invite you to submit written testimony to:
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
--In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
--A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
--Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.