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Message from the Dean

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 July 1, 2016

GRE required for all programs leading to certification. Download the Mercy College School of Education GRE FAQs.

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

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

STARTALK: The Korean Language and Culture Summer Program
March 17, 2017

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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

Health and Safety Workshop


NYSED now requires new teachers to have knowledge in the following areas:

Child Abduction Prevention,
Substance Abuse Prevention,
Fire and Arson Prevention,
Road Safety

The college has prepared an online, self-administered, two-hour course, entitled Health and Safety Workshop, which meets the NYSED compliance criteria for all four subject areas. If you are graduating in May, this free course is available on Blackboard in your course list. Your successful completion of the four modules and the competency test following your workshop participation will be recorded on your transcript. If are graduating in May and do not see the workshop on your course list in Blackboard, please email Anna Gedrich: Any questions about the requirement can be directed to Associate Dean Mary Ellen Hoffman:

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 or the Safety Net?

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.

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
  • edTPA (Mercy students and alumni only)

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

We also offer workshops on Child Abuse Identification and School Violence Prevention and Intervention, both of which are required for certification. These two workshops are open to Mercy College students only.

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 the general public for $60. 

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