CUNY Teacher Education Programs Win Praise for Excellence, Diversity

June 21, 2013 | The University

The City University of New York’s teacher-education programs, which have had continuous, marked success in preparing the next generation of students for 21st century classrooms, are engaged in many initiatives to further enhance teacher preparation.

CUNY’s nine campuses with teacher-education programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which is now known as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the recognized accrediting agency in the field. Those programs are at Brooklyn, Hunter, Lehman, Medgar Evers, Queens and York Colleges, as well as City College, the College of Staten Island and New York City College of Technology. CUNY candidates achieve high success rates – well over 90 percent – on the state certification exam that all candidates take.

CUNY is in the lead nationally and locally in diversifying the teacher workforce. The combined percentage of CUNY black and Hispanic graduates, and of graduates employed by the New York City Department of Education, is double the national workforce percentage (approximately 33 percent at CUNY for both groups combined vs. 14 percent nationally).

Symbolic of the high level of teacher preparation at CUNY are its distinguished partnerships. CUNY’s City College is the exclusive higher educational institution partner in New York State for Math for America – a privately funded nonprofit that awards $100,000 stipends, payable over five years, to a select group of graduate students who commit to teaching math in New York City’s public secondary schools. The highly competitive program covers the cost of a three-semester master’s in secondary math education, and draws top students from CUNY campuses and undergraduate institutions including Colgate, Columbia, Georgetown, Haverford, and the University of California-Berkeley.

Another measure of CUNY’s quality is its status as a major partner in Lincoln Center Arts Education, which prepares candidates in arts education at Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, and Queens Colleges.

About The City University of New York:
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University is comprised of 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health. The University serves more than 269,000 degree credit students and 218,083 adult, continuing and professional education students.College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate degrees through the School of Professional Studies and an individualized baccalaureate through the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree. Nearly 3 million unique visitors and 10 million page views are served each month via www.cuny.edu, the University’s website.