More Than a Degree, an Education For Life
At The College of New Rochelle, education is about more than the degree. It’s about gaining the knowledge and leadership skills needed for a fulfilling and successful career. Located in suburban Westchester County, just 16 miles north of Manhattan, CNR offers students a unique academic environment in which to learn. Our tree-lined campus combines century-old historic buildings with technology-rich facilities, and our proximity to New York City gives students easy access to rich and diverse intellectual, cultural, and professional opportunities. Students leave CNR confident in their leadership skills and prepared to succeed in their careers and contribute to society in meaningful ways.
School of Arts & Sciences
The School of Arts & Sciences offers traditional undergraduate programs that prepare young men and women for successful careers through a robust liberal arts foundation, a strong focus on real-world skills and experiences, and a distinctive curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and individual empowerment. Here students are encouraged to challenge themselves within a welcoming learning community characterized by exceptional academics, small classes, and renowned faculty—90% of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields.
The Teacher Education Program in the School of Arts & Sciences emphasizes the development of pure knowledge in subjects taught, pedagogical understanding, and professional competence. Program development is guided by standards established by national and state professional organizations, including the Interstate Teacher and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
The Education Department, in collaboration with other departments in the School of Arts & Sciences and area schools, provides rigorous course work leading to the initial New York State teacher certification. Course work prepares students to teach using best practices that integrate the New York State and Common Core Learning Standards. Teacher candidates develop a sound understanding of the educational needs of students across a range of developmental levels. Course work and practical experiences in a variety of communities enable students to work effectively with diverse student populations, parents, caregivers, and school community members. Several of the education courses include extensive field work, experience, and contact with local practitioners in classroom settings.
Education students are also required to have an academic major along with the teacher certification program. Therefore, students preparing to teach in the area of adolescence education must major in a subject taught on that level, such as Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics, or Spanish.
Transfer students to the Teacher Education program should have at least a 3.0 GPA. Students entering CNR with less than a 3.0 may be eligible for the program after their first semester based on their CNR GPA. New York State standards require a student to have at minimum a 3.0 overall undergrad GPA to go on to enroll in a master’s-level Education program.
Field work and student teaching
During senior year, teacher candidates have the opportunity to gain actual classroom experience by student teaching in both an upper and a lower grade–level setting within their area of certification at schools throughout Westchester and the New York metro area. Student teaching is full time, except for one afternoon each week during which students meet on campus for a seminar with their college supervisor.
Students must complete fingerprinting requirements for teacher certification before the student teaching semester. As students near the completion of student teaching, guidance is provided regarding additional New York State testing and certification requirements, résumé writing, the interview process, job searches, and employment opportunities.
The Honors Program offers an innovative liberal arts curriculum no matter what your field of study. Priority is placed on intellectual challenge, scholarly discovery, and social excellence while fostering academic independence and initiative, the ability to lead, appreciation of the value of collaboration, and community involvement. The benefits of being part of the Honors Program include study with other academically motivated students in small seminars, one-on-one learning with faculty mentors, automatic membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council, and the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences.
The College is committed to making education affordable. More than 96% of our students receive financial aid and/or scholarship money. CNR recognizes outstanding students by offering numerous merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment, leadership, commitment to service, and intellectual promise. Scholarship awards range from $8,500 to full tuition and are based on a student’s GPA and test scores where applicable. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission.
Teacher Education Program
• Adolescence Education
• Adolescence/Middle Childhood Education
• Childhood Education
• Childhood/Early Childhood Education
• Childhood/Middle Childhood Education
• Childhood/Students with Disabilities Education
• Dual Certification—Visual Arts Education
• Written application form
• Overall GPA of 3.0 and no outstanding incomplete grades
• A minimum course grade of B
• Evidence of having taken the NYS Teacher Certification Examination in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAST)
• Positive evaluations from field work supervisors
• Recommendations from advisor in major department
• Competency level performance in measures of Reading, Mathematics, and Writing
• 30+ career-focused programs of study
• 90% of full-time faculty hold a terminal degree in their field.
• 96% of students received merit-/need-based aid for 2017–2018.