St. John's in the Spring


About the School of Education

Established in 1908, the St. John’s University School of Education was the second school in New York State to award graduate degrees to teachers. Today, the School has four departments: Department of Curriculum and Instruction; the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership; the Department of Education Specialties; and the Department of Counselor Education. In 2002, U.S. News and World Report featured the School in its list of "America’s Best Graduate Schools."

The School of Education has four major goals, consistent with the mission and distinctive purposes of St. John's University: to foster a culture of academic excellence and commitment to moral values; to provide for the professional development of faculty and students; to support and encourage excellence in teaching and scholarly research; and to serve as a partner and resource to the larger educational community. Specifically, the School’s purpose is to:


Preparing teachers, counselors, and administrators as transformational leaders who honor the dignity of all people.


  • Afford a vibrant learning experience that supports the intellectual, professional and moral development of students.
  • Provide programs that enable the School’s students to function effectively and professionally in today’s dynamic, multicultural, multi-ethnic society.
  • Encourage students to develop a personal education philosophy consistent with the University's mission.
  • Foster basic and applied research in education and human services, in an environment that encourages collaboration among students and faculty.
  • Serve as a resource center to the educational community at large by providing leadership and supportive services for local, state and national associations; sponsoring professional meetings and seminars; and offering consultative services for schools and community agencies.


The School of Education is a member of the:

  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
  • Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)

In August 2013, The New York City Department of Education released the first Teacher Preparation Program Reports which analyze the quality, distribution, and retention of new teacher hires graduating from 12 college and university education programs that supplied the most educators to the NYCDOE system.