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College of Education

Since its inception, Kean University has been a forerunner in teacher education in New Jersey. Today and every day, Kean graduates are making a real difference in the lives of young people both in the United States and abroad.

The College of Education has achieved national recognition as one of the 50 largest producers of teachers in the nation, as well as the largest producer of teachers in the State of New Jersey. Since 1955, the College of Education has continued to earn accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this certification.

The College of Education looks for the following qualities in candidates interested in the teaching profession:

  • A commitment to children of diverse backgrounds and learning needs.
  • Dedication to lifelong learning and reflective growth as a teacher.
  • Experience working with children in such areas as camp counseling, tutoring, coaching or volunteering.

Never before has the need for qualified educators been greater. The College of Education includes eight academic departments of education that offer a wide array of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that lead to New Jersey State certification. We also offer programs leading to advanced certification in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Literacy Studies, Special Education and Counselor Education. While our programs are designed for teachers, counselors, athletic trainers, and speech/language pathologists, they all reflect the consensus of our faculty that education has the power to transform individuals and society and that respect for diversity and the provision of educational opportunity for all is fundamentally important in a pluralistic, democratic society. All of our programs are built upon the principles and beliefs outlined in the College of Education Spectrum Conceptual Framework. For more information about our programs, see Academic Degrees, Programs and Program Coordinators.

In addition to the academic departments, the College of Education includes: the Teaching Performance Center, the Center for Innovative Education, the Child Study Institute, the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Office and the Child Care Center.

The College of Education has much to celebrate. We point with pride to our candidate achievement scores on the Praxis I & II examinations. We also recognize our faculty’s commitment to scholarship; recent publications are acknowledged in our College of Education Digest in “Hot Off the Press.”

We invite you to come and visit us, either in person or in cyberspace. Click on the links on this page to learn more about Kean University's College of Education, its programs, students and faculty/staff.

Here are some useful links:

College of Education Surveys

For students just completing a program
Initial Program Completer Surveys
(Undergraduate programs, MA Instruction/Curriculum & MA Early Childhood: Classroom Option)
Advanced Program Completer Surveys
(Graduate Programs)

For students who have already graduated & for employers:
COE Alumni Surveys
Employer Surveys

Contacts

Dean:
DR. SUSAN POLIRSTOK

polirsts@kean.edu

Acting Associate Dean:
DR. JO HOFFMAN

jhoffman@kean.edu

College of Education Office
Hennings Hall, Room 443
908.737.3750

 
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