Stern College for Women offers a major in education that prepares undergraduates for careers in teaching in private schools as well as in public schools in New York State. The program offers two sections: Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2) and Elementary Education/Childhood (Grades 1-6). Both are registered programs with the New York State Education Department.
Upon completion of the program requirements and teacher certification examinations, students apply for the New York State Initial Teacher Certification.
The Education Department also offers an 18-credit minor designed to provide non-majors with broad exposure to the principal ideas and trends in contemporary educational theory and practice. The course of study is appropriate for students who are contemplating becoming teachers of Judaic Studies or entering fields that involve teaching, e.g. Syms School of Business majors who aspire to teach in the business arena or majors in the arts whose profession may include both art-making and teaching.
The programs in Early Childhood Education and Childhood (Elementary) Education are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Our students' NYSTCE performance data is available.
The mission of the Stern College for Women Department of Education is to prepare young women to become competent, capable, and caring teachers who are reflective, lifelong learners. The strong pedagogical core is aligned with the New York State Teaching Standards, Common Core Learning Standards, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The comprehensive and diverse course offerings are informed by our commitment to developmentally appropriate best professional practices to improve teaching and learning for all children. Fieldwork experiences and a full professional semester of student teaching in local urban public and non-public schools provide our pre-service students with solid preparation leading to New York State initial certification in early childhood (Birth-Grade 2) or childhood (Grade 1-6) education. Unique to our New York State Certified and CAEP accredited Educator Preparation Program is a special collaboration with Lincoln Center Education that provides pre-service candidates with a foundation in arts integration. In addition, candidates who complete our program are prepared to teach children from diverse multicultural backgrounds, address differentiated learning needs, incorporate 21st century technological skills, and contribute meaningfully to their larger school communities.
Program Student Learning Goals
Liberal Arts Content Knowledge: Education Majors will be able to apply their subject area knowledge to address the complex and diverse intellectual, social, and moral needs of today’s youth in today’s schools, including incorporating appropriate technology to meet a diversity of learning needs and styles.
Padagogical Content Knowledge: Education Majors will be able to articulate and apply theoretical principles of pedagogy in the art and science of teaching, to plan and implement focused, coherent, sequenced whole class and small group standards-based instruction, as well as reflect on their teaching abilities in order to continuously improve those abilities.
Exposure to Diverse Learning Contexts and Learners: Education Majors will be able to apply knowledge and pedagogy to meet the needs of diverse learners in diverse contexts including, students with special needs and ELLs
Fieldwork Student Teaching: Education Majors will be able to continuously apply their learned pedagogical knowledge and skills in the classroom in a professional, collaborative, and caring manner, and apply their fieldwork experiences to deepen their learning of pedagogical knowledge in their course work.
Experiential Learning: Education Majors will actively participate in a constructivist-based approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes the active role of the individual, collaboration, and guidance from experts within learning communities, as well as the use of arts and technology integration to enhance and promote learning.