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Graduate History and Timeline

Perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing a graduate program is the quality of its faculty.

At St. John’s, our educators serve as a testament to our commitment to academic excellence, preparing well-trained, compassionate instructors since 1908. The University’s dedication to providing an exceptional education to its students is demonstrated by the accomplishments of our graduates. We invite you to be part of our rich history as you embark upon your career as an educator, administrator, or counselor.

A Rich History...

1908
St. John’s University establishes the School of Pedagogy. During this period—when only a two-year course is required for state teaching certification—St. John’s becomes the second institution of higher learning in New York State to introduce graduate courses for teachers.

1922
The program expands to include courses in experimental education, educational philosophy, classroom management, educational psychology, and principles of education.

1924
The School establishes the Department of Education, which offers courses in teaching methods, educational history, philosophy, and psychology.

1939
The first Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degrees are conferred.

1942
The education program grows so large that the School is divided into undergraduate and graduate divisions. A certificate course, Methods in Kindergarten and Nursery School Practice, is also available—a novel idea in the 1940s.

1955
The School of Education unites its undergraduate and graduate programs on the Queens, NY, campus under a single administration.

1978
The program in Human Services is approved, and The School of Education is renamed The School of Education and Human Services.

1980
The Reading and Writing Education Center is founded to assist children and youth with literacy advancement.

1988
All education programs at St. John’s are brought under a single administration.

2001
The human services program is transferred to the College of Professional Studies, and the University trustees approve a return to the name The School of Education.

The School of Education creates the Center for Educational Leadership and Accountability and offers graduate courses at the University’s new Oakdale site for the first time.

St. John’s, along with a number of other universities, is selected to participate in a new program called the New York City Teaching Fellows. This program is instituted to prepare individuals who have a degree in an area other than education and want to become teachers. Even though the need for teachers has diminished, this program is still in existence today. Although other universities are not invited to continue participation, St. John’s is still an active partner.

2003
The Graduate Division of The School of Education offers New York State’s first Online Learning program in School Leadership.

The Graduate Division of The School of Education offers courses for the first time at the University’s Manhattan, NY, campus.

2004
U.S. News & World Report ranks The School of Education’s Graduate Division among the top 10 percent of graduate education programs in the nation.

2005/2006
The School of Education moves to newly designed offices on the Queens (Sullivan Hall) and Staten Island campuses—Sullivan Hall and DaSilva Hall respectively.

The Graduate Division of The School of Education initiates its ongoing Professional Development Partnership program with the New York City Department of Education, leading to a master’s degree in School Building Administrators for aspiring school leaders from nonpublic schools (Catholic, Jewish, Greek, Lutheran, Islamic, and independent schools).

2013
U.S. News & World Report ranks The School of Education among the top 10 percent of graduate education schools in the nation.

2014
According to the New York City Department of Education, “St. John’s graduates were rated highest in retention, the percentage of teachers still employed in the NYC DOE three years after hire; were second-best in tenure approval; had the lowest number receiving ‘unsatisfactory’ ratings their first year; and 91 percent of its teacher graduates were rated ‘highly effective’ or ‘effective’ as reflected in student growth scores on fourth-through eighth-grade math and English tests.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked St. John’s graduate program in education as the fifth-highest out of 166 graduate online programs in the nation.