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Message from Dean Rose Rudnitski

As 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 that if you are an undergraduate student, you can begin taking graduate classes before you graduate and earn a bachelor's and a master’s degree in five years. 

Whether you are a pre-service or in-service teacher, you can pursue a first or even a second master’s degree. The School of Education is nationally accredited by both NCATE and CAEP, the first institution in the country to be so dually accredited, and its Early Childhood online program was ranked #7 nationally in 2016. In addition, the School of Education has recently opened a Mercy College Center for STEM Education, and the college was recognized by the White House as a high-quality Hispanic serving institution.

After December 13, 2017

The GRE or Praxis exam admission requirement is waived for certified in-service teachers and school administrators who have already completed a graduate program and who are returning to pursue additional graduate-level work for additional certifications, per state legislation [(A.3676(Glick)/S.2487 (LaValle)].

Contact Us

Contact the School of Education at:

(914) 674-7350

Become an Educator: Make an Impact on Teaching and Learning

Join the Mercy College School of Education family to prepare to become a teacher or school leader ready to meet today’s education challenges. You can earn your master’s degree, certification in your chosen area and clinical experience while working with our outstanding faculty in Mercy College programs, all of which are nationally recognized. Learn more

Young Child Expo and Conference
November 17, 2017

The event will be held from May 1 - 4, 2018 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. 

To register for the event go to

Test Prep Workshops

The Mercy College School of Education offers test preparation workshops for certification tests. We currently offer overview workshops on:

  • Educating All Students (EAS) (201)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) for Early Childhood, Childhood (211/212/221/222/245)
  • CST Students with Disabilities (060)
  • CST TESOL (116)
  • School Building Leader (107/108)
  • GRE and Praxis
  • edTPA (Mercy students and alumni only)

Students have found these workshops very helpful for passing the exams. Most test prep workshops listed above are open to Mercy students, alumni and the general public. 

We also offer workshops on Child Abuse Identification and School Violence Prevention and Intervention, both of which are required for certification.

Please note that the ALST is no longer a requirement for teacher certification as of March 14, 2017.

To find information, register and pay, please go to:

If you have any questions about the test preparation workshops, please email Anna Gedrich (

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshops

Training in the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is required for everyone seeking certification. Mercy College offers six-hour DASA workshops to its students and alumni as well as the general public for $75. 

For more information about the Mercy DASA program, including our schedule of upcoming workshops, please visit our website:

If you have questions about our DASA workshops after visiting the site, feel free to email us at

Certification Test Safety Nets Extended

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently extended the certification test safety nets by a year, to June 30, 2017. All certification requirements must be completed by June 30, 2018. Read more about certification safety nets, including the notification of safety net extensions

The Five-Year BS/MS Programs is an innovative academic program that allows students who are interested in the teaching profession to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. A key feature of this program allows students to take up to 15 graduate education credits during their junior and senior years, charged at the lower undergraduate tuition rate, and these credits can be used toward satisfying their bachelor’s as well as their master’s degree requirements. Combining undergraduate and graduate degree programs streamlines the teacher preparation program and enables students to achieve teacher certification on an accelerated basis, reducing the time and cost needed to earn a master’s degree. Learn more.

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Bronx Parent Center

The Bronx Parent Center was launched in October 2012 in an effort to get parents in the Bronx more involved in their children's education. The Center seeks to give parents the knowledge and skills they need to become active participants in their children's education.

The Global Education Review focuses on critical issues in education with implications for policy nationally and globally. Learn More

Faculty Presentation
Mercy College Faculty Present at the 4th Annual Fathering Conference

The Department of Literacy and Multilingual Studies participated in the conference held on April 3, at the Westchester County Center. Associate Professor Mi-Hyun Chung and Barbara Keckler presented a workshop exploring the importance of early exposure to scientific literacy, and modeled a way to teach these skills to children at home or in an early childhood classroom. 

Mercy College Returns to CIS

It is so wonderful when different organizations in a neighborhood can collaborate for the good of others. That is case with Mercy College and Cabrini Immigrant Services (CIS) in Dobbs Ferry.

Dr. Barbara Keckler, Associate Professor, Literacy and Multilingual Studies at the School of Education at Mercy College, teaches a graduate course in the summer. As part of the course, the students have a practicum component so they need to work with children to practice what they are learning in class. After attending class during the day, the graduate students come to CIS twice a week to work with our Kids. They do pre-testing, reading aloud, comprehension as well as teaching our Kids some techniques to help them with their reading. There always seems to be a connection made between the Mercy students and our Cabrini Kids. Many of our parents have asked if the students could continue to work with their children as they were so enthusiastic about coming to the program!

On the last day of the program, the Mercy College students gave our Kids a pizza party. They also bought the Kids some gifts such as books, crayons, pencils, etc. 

Thank you to our kids for attending the program and also to Dr. Keckler and the students from Mercy College. We look forward to having the program again next summer.

Earn a tuition-free Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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Looking to improve your score on the Multi-Subject CST’s for Early Childhood, Childhood?

Reading Horizons is a website that provides, at no cost, an online workshop for teachers to learn and practice phonics skills:

Here’s what some Mercy College students have said about Reading Horizons:
“I strongly recommend Reading Horizons to any Education student. It was extremely useful when answering multiple choice questions as well as with written responses in the CST’s.” – Ana Scaramella (Early Childhood, Tri-Cert)

“Reading Horizons was the one thing that helped me pass the CST. It was helpful for the multiple choice questions and the essay. Without Reading Horizons, I would not have done as well on the written response as I did.” –Lanie Oles (Childhood)

It also helped students pass the CST for Literacy:
“The Reading Horizons program is an amazing online workshop. It has prepared me [to take] the CST exam more than I could have imagined. My school is currently using this to train the teachers in giving the students important instructions in phonics.” –Amy McG.

We are proud to announce that the Mercy College School of Education is 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, Science (Biology) and Social Studies), TESOL, Literacy and School 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. Learn more.