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School of Education General Information and Accreditation

School of Education Graduate Programs Information

School of Education programs at Hunter College prepare prospective teachers, counselors, and leaders to serve as highly effective professionals who work with children and adults of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and interests within an array of human development settings in New York State.  

The School of Education has over sixty master’s and advanced certificate programs that lead to initial, professional, or additional certification for New York teachers, school counselors, and building/district leaders; our counseling programs lead to state licensure; and our research programs in Instructional Leadership (Ed.D) and Educational Psychology (MA) expand student abilities in the production and expansion of new knowledge.

Our vast program offerings are designed for many different types of students — for recent graduates or career-changers who are new to the field of education, as well as current teachers seeking new areas of certification or professional advancement in the areas of:

  • Adolescent Education

  • Bilingual Education

  • Childhood Education

  • Creative Arts Education

  • Computer Science Education

  • Counseling

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Educational Psychology

  • Educational Leadership

  • Instructional Leadership (Ed.D.)

  • Literacy Education

  • Special Education

  • STEM Education

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The School of Education is committed to the development of teacher, counselor, and leadership candidates that will both make a positive contribution to their professions and be lifelong students. Our professional preparation programs focus on the unique challenges of working in NYC, and the core of our educational mission is to be a place for aspiring teachers, leaders, and counselors to learn their craft and contribute to the future in a variety of settings throughout the metropolitan area and beyond.

School of Education students are held to the highest professional and academic standards, and during their time here, will:

  • Learn the theory and best practice for effective professional contributions.

  • Understand the history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology that underpins their profession and that will inform their practice.

  • Develop knowledge and skills to successfully work in their school, clinic, or other settings in the betterment of children and adults.

The School of Education also believes in preparing teacher, leader, and counseling candidates to work with the diverse population of today’s modern society, and recognizes that learning takes place inside social and community networks that support student and individual growth. Becoming a Hunter College teacher, leader, or counselor candidate requires dedication to the continuous improvement of one’s professional abilities. Our programs, therefore, focus on developing the capacity to reflect on an individual’s practice in order to strengthen their work with students or clients and grow as professionals throughout their career.

School of Education Administration


  • Acting Dean, Jennifer Tuten

  • Acting Senior Associate Dean, Marshall George

  • Assistant Dean, Melissa Boronkas

  • Assistant Dean, Cathleen Collins

  • Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Ashley Rolon-Marlowe

  • Manager, NYC Men Teach, Jonathan Gaines

  • Office of Clinical Experience, Elizabeth Harrison

  • Director, Office of Partnership Programs, Erin Shay

  • Director, Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation, Christopher Scott

  • Director, Career, Professional, and Partnership Development, Kenney Robinson

  • Manager, Frankfort Center for Learning and Scholarly Technologies, Kenny Hirschmann

Department Chairs

  • Curriculum and Teaching, Tim Farnsworth

  • Educational Foundations and Counseling Programs, Elizabeth Cardoso

  • Special Education,  April Kisamore

School of Education Faculty

Department of Curriculum and Teaching Faculty

Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling Faculty

Department of Special Education Faculty

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School of Education Accreditation

Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains standards requisite for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

The Hunter College School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and each teacher preparation program is nationally recognized by its respective Specialized Professional Association (SPA). The School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).