School of Education

School of Education

Welcome to Manhattanville’s School of Education.

The School of Education undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare PreK-12 teachers and administrators, higher education and community leaders, and educational industry entrepreneurs. Having served the tri-state area for over five decades, the Manhattanville School of Education guides new generations of educators to become leaders in their field through unrivaled community-based field experiences in over 25 area schools and educational agencies.

Our graduate and doctoral programs offer a blended learning experience with online, in-person, and hybrid courses which provide our students with the flexibility and resources they need to fulfill their educational goals.

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Welcome from the Dean

Brian Carolan, PhD, Dean, School of Education
Headshot of Dean of School of Education, Brian Carolan


Welcome to Manhattanville University’s School of Education. I am proud to welcome you to a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners, all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of educating students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community. Ever since the University was granted the ability to award undergraduate degrees in 1917, we have been united by an unwavering commitment to ensure the intellectual, ethical, and social development of each student in an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and nurturing.  Through an array of bachelor’s, master’s, advanced certificate, and doctoral programs, led by dedicated and experienced faculty mentors, we are preparing educators and leaders to confront and address gaps in educational opportunities and outcomes within and between the communities we serve. 

Since the approval of the University’s first Master of Arts in Teaching degree in 1964, our programs, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), have been designed to prepare you to be change agents in your classrooms, schools, districts, and communities. From undergraduate programs and graduate programs to our flexible online or hybrid cohort graduate programs, we leverage our extensive network of partners to develop and offer programs that integrate theory and practice that will prepare you to address the needs of children, their families, and the communities of which they are a part. For example, our recently launched Dyslexia and the Science of Reading Advanced Certificate program provides students with extensive experience in designing and implementing evidence-based literacy intervention strategies that directly confront scholarly and popular concerns about children’s reading ability.  


In line with Manhattanville University’s foundational values and articulated by former President Dammann, RSCJ in her 1936 speech entitled Principles Versus Prejudices, we take very seriously our commitment to cultivating an inclusive environment in which multiple viewpoints are embraced in search of the truth. When you join the School of Education, you will be welcomed and supported as part of our community of diverse and engaged learners. We strive to provide personalized guidance, multiple pathways, a connected and supportive network, and career opportunities that align with personal goals and support the broader work of becoming change agents in classrooms, schools, and districts.  Along with regularly reshaping our curricular offerings and distinctive programs to meet the evolving needs of our students, we prioritize collaborating with the community to create long-lasting partnerships that reach beyond campus. For example, through our network of Professional Development Schools, we prepare teacher candidates, provide and support ongoing professional development of educators, and promote student learning in our diverse and changing suburban communities.   
Learn more about our programs, faculty, research areas, and initiatives, and explore the innovative ways we prepare students to make meaningful impact in the field of teacher education, leadership, special education, applied behavioral analysis, and more. Thank you for your interest in the School of Education.

By the Numbers

Learn what’s special about Manhattanville School of Education

Undergraduate Programs Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification


Graduate Programs


Partnerships with area schools and educational agencies lead to numerous networking opportunities.


Through the Changing Suburbs Institute there are 19 Professional Development Schools in ten changing suburban school districts that are part of the array of schools that welcome our students.

Students in class.

Undergraduate Education Programs

Students pursuing an education degree at the undergraduate level have several options.  Whether your interest is in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Physical Education, or Adolescence Education, at Manhattanville, you can earn your teaching credentials.

Manhattanville offers the traditional BA degree and three BS Education programs, while also offering options for combined Master's education programs, and a specialized track for students pursuing Physical Education.

Undergraduate Education Programs

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Graduate Education Programs 

With over 45 graduate programs, the School of Education prepares new teachers and empowers current teachers to advance their credentials through certificates alone or a full master’s degree experience. The SOE’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS), Master of Education (MEd),  and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)  degree programs can be completed in flexible day or evening classes, with many hybrid or online learning environments accommodating the busy schedule of working educators.

Graduate Education Programs

Susan Iverson teaching a graduate class.

Doctoral Education Program

The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville, with three distinct pathways, snf offered in partnership with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, utilizes a forward-thinking approach to educational leadership that is ideal for practicing and aspiring leaders in any educational context. It is designed to support the goals of educational professionals who seek to develop their leadership skills for career advancement or current job enhancement.   

Doctoral Program in Education Leadership


Accelerated and Advanced Certificate Programs

Graduate students working together in class

JumpStart Accelerated Degree Program

Jump Start is an accelerated program format that can get students into their own classroom in as little as one year after their bachelor’s, teaching full time while completing a master’s degree and NYS initial certification requirements. This isn’t a requirement for combining a BA in Education with an MAT or MPS degree.

Learn More About the JumpStart Program

Graduate students

Advanced Certificates and Professional Diplomas

The advanced certificate and professional diploma programs in the School of Education help students expand their knowledge within the field and take advantage of career advancement opportunities.

Advanced Certificates and Professional Diplomas


Program Accreditations


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredited Manhattanville University School of Education at the initial-licensure level and the advanced level. CAEP is a nationally recognized accreditor for educator preparation. Manhattanville University School of Education has met rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by CAEP.

Learn more about School of Education Accreditation

In New York State, each professional license and teacher and school administrator certificate has requirements that candidates must meet in order to be licensed or certified to practice in New York. All undergraduate and graduate programs at Manhattanville leading to licensure or certification have been approved by NYS Education Department as meeting the New York State education requirements for licensure or certification. Licensure and certification may require additional and/or prior coursework, NY State examinations, and/or mandated workshops. 

For a list of programs that meet the educational requirements for teacher certification or professional licensure in New York State, see below. Candidates should be aware that NYSED regulations change frequently and that it is the ultimate responsibility of the candidate to be familiar with and to fulfill all of the requirements for licensure or certification. The information the university provides is accurate as of the date of publication. Efforts are made to communicate changes to licensure or certification requirements via Manhattanville email, but it is the responsibility of candidates to remain up-to-date and to meet current requirements. Licensing and certification are at the sole determination of NYSED.

Additional New York State Teacher Certification and ABA Licensure Requirements
In addition to the masters degree or advanced certificate Program, teacher and leader certification or professional licensure requires liberal arts and content core coursework, New York State teacher and/or leader certification exams or licensure exams, teaching and/or leadership experience and/or field experience, and state-mandated workshops. Consult NYSED at or the School of Education office of graduate advising for specific information on the certificates you are seeking. 

New York State certification requirements are subject to frequent change. The information herein is accurate as of the date of publication. Efforts are made to communicate changes to certification requirements to students via Manhattanville email, but it is the responsibility of candidates to meet current requirements.

New York State Liberal Arts Requirements for Teacher Certification
Initial Teaching Certification in most subject areas requires Liberal Arts prerequisites. These can be completed at any regionally accredited institution of higher education or non-regionally accredited college with comparable curriculum and standards to those at Manhattanville. These credits must be reported on an official transcript, and the students must have earned a letter grade of C or better. Documentation of course content may be requested. Satisfaction of a content requirement granted by an institution of higher education reported on an official transcript or official letter, by means other than coursework, may also satisfy these prerequisites.

Coursework is required in Mathematics, Science, Literature, Foreign Languages (can include American Sign Language), and History. College-level Study is also required in Written Analysis and Expression; Visual or Performing Arts; and Oral Communication (Communication is practice in close and critical reading or research and/or conveying information orally.) Different programs may have more specific and/or additional Liberal Arts requirements. For details, see your individual program plan.

New York State considers Liberal Arts courses to be those that are independent of specific application, theoretical as opposed to practical, and not directed toward a particular career or profession. A course designated as Liberal Arts by a college does NOT automatically qualify.

Courses Generally Considered Liberal Arts

  • Literature
  • Languages
  • Musicology and Music Theory
  • History
  • Art History and Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Area Studies
  • Communication Theory
  • Criminology
  • Religious Studies
  • Dance and Theater
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Courses Generally NOT Considered Liberal Arts

  • English Composition
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Management and Finance
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Education
  • Library Science
  • Engineering classes
  • Law and Criminal Justice courses
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Production
  • Music Performance
  • Applied Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Fashion and Design
  • Counseling
  • Resource Conservation or Management
  • Recreation or Hospitality
  • Social Work
  • Speech Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing and Health Science
  • Environmental Studies

Credit for Life Experience
Candidates who enter the graduate program with significant life experience in Visual or Performing Arts, Oral Communication, or Writing, may petition for credit towards the relevant New York State certification pre-requisite. The petition will consist of an essay of 3-5 pages and documentation of the experience. This will be evaluated by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, in consultation with appropriate faculty. Documentation of the experience may take a variety of forms, including, but not limited to, copies of art work or published writing, recommendation by a mentor, published reviews, event programs, etc.

New York State Content Core Requirements for Teacher Certification
Every Manhattanville candidate for an initial Teaching Certificate must complete at least 30 credits in Liberal Arts including at least 18 credits in ONE Liberal Arts discipline. For ALL secondary subjects, Art and Music, the candidate must present at least 30 credits outside of the Masters in the specific area of certification. For detailed requirements, see the relevant program plan in the catalog. In certain cases, these courses may be completed as part of the graduate program. Physical Education also requires specific pre-requisite courses.

No courses graded Pass/Fail can be accepted for purposes of certification, unless the credit granting policies of the relevant college can be documented.

Determination as to whether a specific course is acceptable in meeting a requirement will be made by the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, in consultation with the faculty where needed.

New York State Examination and Portfolio Requirements for Certification or Licensure
Candidates for NY teacher or leader certification or professional licensure must achieve qualifying scores on the specific tests required by NYSED for the relevant subjects and/or grade levels, including, for teacher certification only, a performance assessment known as edTPA. Required tests include the Educating All Students Test and one or more Content Specialty Tests. Required tests for professional licensure include the BACB ABA exam and the NYS ABA supplemental exam.

Only candidates who are seeking NY State teacher certification and who are not yet certified in New York must prepare and submit the edTPA to the NYS Education Department. Normally, the edTPA will be completed and submitted during the student or supervised teaching semester.

Further information is available from the SOE Office of Graduate Advising, on your program plan, from, and from

Field Experience Hours for Behavior Analyst Licensure
Licensure as a Behavior Analyst in New York State requires 1,500 hours of field experience, of which 225 must be supervised. Supervisors must hold the LBA and BCBA credentials and must be employed by the agency or school where supervision is taking place. Candidates can start earning hours from the beginning of the semester in which they take EDU 5643. The college must have a signed letter of agreement with the school or agency where they will earn hours. Most hours are attached to courses; during that semester, candidates must complete a specified number of hours for a specified course. Depending on the conditions of employment, students may still need to complete some field experience hours after they complete the program. Candidates are strongly urged to consult with the Coordinator of ABA for information on acceptable hours, locations, recordkeeping, and overall field experience requirements.

State-Mandated Workshops
NYSED requires all candidates for certification to complete a two-hour seminar on identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment, a two-hour seminar on school violence prevention and intervention (SAVE), and a six-hour workshop on Bullying, Harassment, and Cyber-bullying (Dignity for All Students, or DASA), which must be offered by NYSED-approved providers. Certification in Special Education also requires a four-hour workshop on autism. Candidates for certification in Childhood Education must also complete a workshop through the college on Health and Safety. Proof of completion must be provided to the college. Candidates for professional licensure must complete a two-hour seminar on identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and maltreatment.

Fingerprinting is required for certification and licensure and is required prior to doing Field Experience or ABA supervised hours, Student/Supervised Teaching, or ABA Practicum. Arrange to be fingerprinted for NYSED.

Application for Certification or Licensure
The School of Education will recommend those who have completed a degree or advanced certificate program and who have met all requirements for certification or licensure, excepting NYS assessments, for certification of licensure in the area(s) of the degree or program only. The student must apply online and pay the required NYS fee.


Academic Success Services

Accessibility, Internships, Tutoring, and Writing

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides free Peer Tutoring sessions for undergraduate students. Through the ARC, students receive individual and group support in a variety of subjects at all levels of the curriculum.

The Center for Student Accessibility partners with students to empower them to take ownership of their college journey. The Center also strives to increase positive dialogue surrounding disabilities, promoting the "people first" approach and communicating the message that disability is an integral part of diversity.

The Andrew Bodenrader Center for Academic Writing and Composition has a mission is to provide Manhattanville students with support at any stage of the writing process. We strive to build the confidence of student writers through encouraging, collaborative one-to-one sessions with peer tutors, graduate Writing Center Fellows, and Academic Writing faculty. 

The Center for Career Development is committed to individualized career exploration counseling, self-assessment, skill development, and utilizing internship and job search strategies that empower students to take ownership in their personal and professional success.

Additional Academic Services

The Valiant Advising Team supports students by providing information about academic policies and degree requirements, assists students in the course selection process, and offers students support and appropriate referrals to other campus resources.

The Library offers impressive collections and outstanding services to help all of our students succeed in the classroom and beyond.

The Registrar's Office has the responsibility to maintain timely and accurate records of the academic progress of all students while upholding the privacy and security of those records.

The Office of Instructional Technology is here to support students, faculty, and staff towards successful teaching and learning. Get tips about online courses, find support, and more.

The Office of the Provost provides valuable information and links to resources for faculty, and for staff who work for, or with the faculty in furthering our educational mission.

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