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We believe that the early years of a child's education are important and formative experiences that will serve as the basis and determine so much about a student’s overall success. At Mercy College you will learn the skills to make sure your students get the best start on their education.  

Full-Time Faculty

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Wendy Mages Professor, Childhood Education
Elena Nitecki
Elena Nitecki Professor, Childhood Education

Chair, Early Childhood and Childhood Education
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Aki Ohseki Assistant Professor, Childhood Education

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Assistant Professor
Teresa Quackenbush Assistant Professor, Childhood Education
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Helge Wasmuth Professor, Childhood Education

Part-Time Faculty

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Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn Adjunct Instructor, Childhood Education
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Hope Cannady Adjunct Instructor, Childhood Education
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Felix Flores Adjunct Instructor, Childhood Education
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John Gibson Adjunct Instructor, Childhood Education

The Mercy Advantage

  • Small student/teacher ratios within the classroom 

  • Combination of theoretical and practical, with fieldwork experiences for most courses 

  • Strong relationships with schools across New York City and Westchester, to help you graduate with experience and professional contacts 

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Five Year B.S./M.S. Teacher Education Program

Interested in becoming a teacher? Take a look at our B.S./M.S. Dual Degree Program which allows students interested in the teaching profession to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at an accelerated pace. 

Important Information

Department Mission Statement

Aligned with Mercy College’s mission of transforming lives, we believe that teachers are in a unique position to contribute to meaningful change in a child’s life.  Moreover, we believe that childhood is a precious time to be protected and valued. 

We believe that teaching is relational work that is embedded in cultural and social contexts such as family, school and community. It is our view that our students are integral members of their communities who have the capacity to transform the lives of those around them. 

We believe that children have a right to a childhood. Children have a right to an education that is responsive to their unique needs. In our program, we view teaching and learning as a dialogue, in which each child has a voice and teachers are listening. Teachers must be respectful of and responsive to children’s diverse ways of knowing and provide multiple ways for children to be visible within the classroom and beyond. Teachers who complete one of our certification programs will have careers that touch children’s lives through positive practice and advocacy.  

Teacher candidates in our program will: 

  • Critically examine diverse educational frameworks, as they work to develop child-centered, advocacy-based, inclusive pedagogical stance in collaboration with faculty, colleagues, children and families 

  • Observe, develop and implement innovative pedagogical methods that support children in fulfilling their potential in a changing world and that respond to each child as a unique and valuable individual with hopes, dreams and desire to learn 

  • Support children in their discovery about the world around them, while preparing them for the realities of the future 

  • Contribute meaningful change in their classrooms and local communities 

Admission Requirements

M.S. Programs: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher and pre-requisite course work with a minimum of a C average in the following: 

  • Mathematical processes (6 credits) 
  • Scientific processes (6 credits) 
  • Historical and Social Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Communications/Humanities/Written analysis and expression (3 credits) 
  • Artistic expression (3 credits) 
  • Information retrieval (3 credits) 
  • Language other than English (3 credits) 
  • Concentration in a liberal arts and sciences subject area (30 credits) 

In addition, candidates should submit the following: 

  • Mercy College Application 
  • Effective Educator Statement 
  • Transcripts of all Undergraduate and Graduate work 

Test Prep Workshops

Looking to improve your score on the Multi-Subject CST’s for Early Childhood? We offer extensive support for the NYSED certification exams. Please see complete workshop listings and registration here.

Programs Offered