Degree Spotlight: Education Department

April 4, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

The Medgar Evers College (MEC) Education Department’s programs are nationally-accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The degree programs are also recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Education Department’s mission is “to prepare change agents for classrooms, schools and communities who educate to liberate!”  Eight standards serve as a vehicle by which the Department’s mission is advanced: Knowledge, Personal & Global Consciousness, Analytic Ability, Creativity, Professionalism, Effective Communication, Collaboration, and Commitment & Care.

These Standards are integrated in the Department’s coursework, learning experiences, and assessment system and are aligned to professional, national and state standards. Candidates are supported to meet these Standards and develop the competencies needed to become change agents for classrooms, schools and communities through curricula, coursework, and field experiences that are drawn from three scholarly areas:

  • Change Agents – Preparing teachers with multi-cultural and multi-linguistic competencies to serve a diverse population of learners
  • Democratic Schooling – Preparing teachers with the analytical skills to promote democratic ways of thinking and being
  • Constructivist View of Teaching and Learning – Preparing teachers with skills in critiquing and reinventing interpretations, reflective practice, and using classroom action research to learn, grow and change.

The Medgar Evers College Education Department provides an extensive support network of faculty and alumni mentors who provide tutoring and individualized academic advisement as well as program specific mentoring. The Department’s learning community networks include community school partners, alumni and distinguished professionals in the field. 

Did you know?

Shirley Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was a teacher? Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to the United States Congress. Shirley Anita St. Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York. After working as a teacher and serving as a New York state assemblywoman, Chisolm was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives. She served in Congress for seven terms, from January 3, 1969, until January 3, 1983. In 1972, Chisholm was the first African-American woman to run for a major-party presidential nomination. During her long political career, she fought for the rights of women and minorities.

Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, was a New York City high school teacher. A native of New York City, McCourt spent part of his life in Ireland – birthplace of his mother and father – where he and his family lived in abject poverty. He returned to the United States in 1949 at the age of 19.

Before he became a famous, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt graduated in 1957 from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in English. He taught at six New York schools, including McKee Vocational and Technical High School (Ralph R. McKee CTE High School in Staten Island, New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, Stuyvesant High School, Seward Park High School, Washington Irving High School, and the High School of Fashion Industries, all in Manhattan. In 1967, he earned a master’s degree from Brooklyn College, and in the late 1960s he spent 18 months at Trinity College in Dublin before returning to New York City.         

Professional Opportunities for Teachers

Teachers can work in K-12 schools teaching elementary, middle and high school students. Teachers also work in colleges and universities. Moreover, Teachers can work as entrepreneurs by setting up their own educational businesses with the right licenses and certificates.

In New York City, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) offers competitive salaries to newly-hired teachers. Salaries are based on prior teaching experience as well as on undergraduate and graduate education. Currently, starting teacher salaries range from $45,530 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $74,796 (master’s degree, 8 years teaching experience).

Since 2002, starting salaries for NYC public school teachers have increased 43%. Currently, teachers with the maximum combination of experience and coursework on the salary schedule can earn up to $100,049 per year.

*Source: NYCDOE

Where can teachers find work?

  • Local/City Departments of Education
  • Private Schools
  • Parochial Schools
  • Colleges & Universities

 To learn more about how a degree in Education can work for you, listen to Kristin Brown’s story, now!