2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

School of Education

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Founding Dean: Sheilah M. Paul 718 270 4936 office 718 270 4828 fax spaul@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-1007 H

Academic Advisor and Early Field Experience Supervisor: Alicia Collins 718 270-4991 acollins@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-1007 A

Grants Associate: Janelle Edwards 718 804-8293 jedwards@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-1011

Departments and Chairpersons

Developmental and Special Education: Ken Hoyte 718 270 4829 khoyte@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-1007 L

Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education: Rupam Saran 718 270 4937 rsaran@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-B1007 C

General Information

The MEC School of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accrediation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  The overarching mission of the MEC School of Education is to change the culture of urban education for all stakeholders (parents, school leaders, teachers and students) through high impact instruction and experiential and transformative educational opportunities. We fulfill this mission by preparing change agents for classrooms, schools and communities, who Educate to Liberate.

Statement of Purpose/Goals

The MEC School of Education utilizes inclusive and interdisciplinary learning communities: students, parents, teachers, principals, professors, clinicians, service providers and researchers to transform the field of urban education into systems that work for all. What begins here will change national and international communities, as we prepare personnel to:

  • shape lives for the benefit of society through the core values of learning, discovery, leadership, individual opportunity and social responsibility;
  • use emerging, 21st century culturally responsive pedagogies and technology;
  • engage with learners in inclusive multicultural and multilingual societies;
  • participate in formal and informal service learning and internships in local, regional and international communities;
  • interact with internationally recognized and highly qualified professionals in shared programs of interest;
  • provide transdisciplinary interventions, resources and support services for learners and families;
  • conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary action and clinical research; and,
  • disseminate knowledge of cutting-edge research, best practices and data-driven outcomes.

The School of Education prepares candidates to become teachers of children at the most critical periods of their development: early childhood and elementary levels.  We also prepare candidates to serve children and students who are most vulnerable: children with disabilities. We accept the special obligations that are attached to preparing teachers who will work and live within a multicultural community and who will strive to promote the best education for all children.

Academic Departments and Degree Programs

Department of Developmental and Special Education

Prepares teachers for initial New York State dual-certification in general education and special education through the following professional degree programs:

  • BA in Early Childhood and Special Education (Birth - Grade 2; dual-certificate)
  • BA in Childhood Special Education (Grades 1 - 6; dual-certificate)
  • Department Minor: Early Intervention (for non-Education majors)

Department of Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Prepares elementary general education teachers for initial New York State Certification on completion of the BA degree, and provides a transitional pathway (AA degree) for paraprofessional preparation and transition into a Bachelor’s degree program:

  • BA in Childhood Education (Grade 1-6 Generalist)
  • AA in Teacher Education (paraprofessional certification)
  • Department Minor: Urban Education (for non-Education majors)



Developmental Education
Provides skill building workshops, immersion programs, and targeted instructional support and intervention in Mathematics, Reading and Writing
Contact: Prof. Ken Hoyte, Chair, Department of Developmental and Special Education
Department of Developmental & Special Education


The Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center is the campus-based child care service for student-parents.  Guided by the tenets of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Center is supported by the School of Education as a Lab School that provides both a pre-school and an after-school program that meets the needs of both the child and the student parent.  The Center is registered under the New York City Department of Health Division of Day Care and the Bureau of Day Camps andd After-School Programs, for children 2-12 years old, and offers an integrated curriculum which focustes on the overall development of each child via learning through play.

Faculty Supervisor:  Dr. Donna A. Wright, Associate Professor - Department of Developmental & Special Education

Administrative Coordinator: Ms. Rochelle Daire, Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center of Medgar Evers College; p. 718-270-6017, f. 718-270-6242

The Center for Cognitive Development is a key support area for the academic departments in the School of Education through clinical and educational testing, research, family and teacher resources, and student-centered intervention components.  The Center serves as a research-based repository of resources for all stakeholders involved in the education of culturally and linguistically diverse populations: researchers, policy-makers, shool leaders, teachers, parents, and students, aimed at improving educational outcomes.

Director:  Dr. Ken J. Hoyte, Chairperson - Department of Developmental & Special Education

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