Female Faculty Member teaching

School of Education Experience


  • Eductional Policies for Promoting Interdisciplinary Educat. Approaches for the Scientifically Talented
  • Twice Exceptional Students Achieving and Matriculating in STEM (TEAMS)
  • Project Multi-Age Professional Learning Community (PLC)
  • PEAK Program (Pathways to Excellence, Achievement and Knowledge)
  • Non-Public School - Aspiring Leaders Program
  • Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Languate
  • Student Support Services- MTAC
  • Scholarship Programs in Special Education
  • In Addition After School Program
  • The Stemulator Project

Opportunities in Education

  • P.S. 247 Partnership
  • Queens Library Partnership
  • The Queens High School for Teaching
  • The High School for Community Leadership
  • P.S. 58 Partnership
  • McKee High School Partnership
  • Internship Placement Project

Centers & Institutes

Special Programs

Association for Childhood Education International

When you select the Association for Childhood Education International as your professional education association, you will join one of the oldest education associations in the world. Founded in 1892, ACEI Promotes the inherent rights of children and the professional development of classroom teachers. ACEI’s focus is from birth through middle childhood, so no matter what age of children you will be teaching, ACEI has programs to help you.

The New York City Branch of the Association for Childhood Education International (NYCACEI) invites you to learn more about us and consider membership for yourself as a teacher, educator or an administrator.

“ACEI is a widely respected nonprofit education association, whose members share a dual commitment to the fulfillment of every child’s potential and the professional development of the classroom teacher.  Our members—professional and students – are dedicated to a holistic, child-centered approach to education that considers the child’s experiences in the home, school, community and world."  (ACEI’s Web site: www.acei.org)

Eight Exciting Reasons for Students to Join ACEI

  • Networking opportunities – meet current and retired teachers, other professionals in the field, education students at all levels and new teachers entering the field
  • Affiliation with an international community of like-minded professionals who promote a holistic child-centered approach to education and FREE affiliation with your local branch, NYCACEI at St. John’s University
  • Leadership experience – join a committee, run for office and more
  • Receive quality publications and join ACEI Conferences
  • Special student rate – upon graduation, membership will be upgraded to professional status at the reduced rate for your first year as a teacher – save money
  • Student membership includes the best childhood education resources on the planet including Childhood Education (six issues), the ACEI Exchange (five issues) and The Student Connection (two issues)
  • Informative workshops and seminars that help you in your professional development
  • Certificate of Membership for your portfolio upon request (looks good on the resume)

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the NYCACEI Executive Board at [email protected] or send written correspondence to

St. John’s University, NYCACEI,
c/o Professor Smita Guha, Ph.D., NYCACEI Advisor
8000 Utopia Parkway
Sullivan Hall, 4th Floor
Queens, NY 11439.

The America Reads * America Serves 

Our students play an important role in America Reads*America Serves because they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their fields of interest to make a difference in the community. 

Our tutors/mentors fulfill the first component of America Reads by working with students in all grade levels who need extra help within and beyond the classroom setting. They focus on all subjects to ensure the academic growth of the children as well as build confidence and self-esteem as they guide them towards possible career choices.  

The second component to the program is America Serves. This targets students who prefer placement in a specialized field that complements their major/minor at the University. This newly added feature opens a whole new genre to the program and gives students the freedom to pick and choose a field that will develop the skills needed to land that dream job.  Students from St. John's College, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Tobin College of Business, and College of Professional Studies are welcomed to apply to the America Serves program based on their dean's approval. 

We are looking for students with federal work study who can commit 5-20 hours a week at the rate of $12 per hour, and volunteers in need of volunteer hours for course credit or valuable field-based experience. We can offer you competitive wages, flexible scheduling and great service opportunities, while giving you the opportunity to truly make a difference in the NYC community.

(Under Construction)



The Dean's Scholars, founded in 1996, is one of the School of Education's most prestigious organizations, comprised of the top students in the school. The Dean's Scholars represents the students who combine scholarship, integrity, maturity, a well-rounded personality, University-wide awareness, honor, and leadership demonstrated by their significant contributions to the academic and extracurricular life of the University in their everyday lives. Members act as ambassadors, leaders, and role models in the University.

All applicants must have a minimum of a 3.75 G.P.A. Application is by invite only. 

Mission Statement: 

As Dean’s Scholars, we commit ourselves to academic excellence and serve as undergraduate student ambassadors for the School of Education. We place high value in acting as role models and developing ourselves into well-rounded educators who honor scholarship, integrity, and service. We seek to empower the voices of all by facilitating relationships with full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and students. Through our collaboration and engagement, we are prepared to act as teacher-leaders in the field of education and beyond. 






The Dean's Scholars provides current students who meet certain criteria (including achieving high academic status) the honor of being designated a “Dean's Scholar." Dean’s Scholars serve as student leaders and mentors to other School of Education students and are required to be knowledgeable about the school and the programs offered. Dean’s Scholars effectively communicate with each other and the Dean, and attend all Dean’s Scholars events.  Members must always be on call and ready to serve any duties the Dean (Dr. Jerrold Ross) requires. Dean’s Scholars are expected to be vocal about the quality of education they are receiving at St. John’s University as well as set the example for other School of Education students and speak up when they have concerns. 


  • All students who enter St. John’s University School of Education program are encouraged to apply to the Dean's Scholars Program once they are invited.
  • Required GPA 3.75 and above
  • Freshman, sophomores, juniors, and transfer students with 60 credits remaining at St. John’s University School of Education may apply if they have the required GPA. An application stating why the student is interested in being a Dean's Scholar is part of the formal application process. Review of applications will be administered by the Department Chair (Judith McVarish) along with the Head and Vice Scholars. An interview will commence after consideration.


  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA, 3.75 or greater, at the end of each semester as a Dean's Scholar. If a student's GPA drops below 3.75, the student has one semester probation to re-establish this minimum GPA before losing the title of Dean's Scholar. Students have only one opportunity to re-establish the minimum GPA.·        
  • Annual participation in Dean's Scholars events. (Must participate in a number of events in order to receive the Honors Designation at graduation).


Mary Beth Schaefer
Associate Professor; Chair
Curriculum and Instruction
Sullivan Hall, Room 430
[email protected]


Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words to represent knowledge, duty, and power. Pioneering from its beginning by including women as well as men, Kappa Delta Pi grew from a local chapter to the international organization it is today, comprising 582 chapters and more than 45,000 members.

Kappa Delta Pi members keep good company. Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead are just a few of the historically known members. Current renowned members include Barbara Morgan, Alfie Kohn, Lisa Delpit, Andy Hargreaves, James Banks, and Howard Gardner. To date, more than 1,200,000 educators worldwide have been inducted into this international honor society

From its inception, Kappa Delta Pi has been dedicated to scholarship and excellence. Yet, this 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is more than an honor society. Through its programs, services, and products, Kappa Delta Pi supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers. This support is essential to inaugurating and retaining the best and brightest professionals in the field of education.

The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.

The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship

Individually and collectively, Society members recognize and honor achievement; strive to a high degree of professional fellowship, leadership, and growth in the field of education; and serve their students and educational community.

From its Alpha chapter beginning to its present-day chapter status that includes professional chapters, community colleges, and international members, Kappa Delta Pi is synonymous with scholarship, teaching, and service. The organization continues to strive to meet the changing needs of educators and their students, as well as provide member educators resources and opportunities that encourage innovative and best practices.

Kappa Delta Pi Webpage

Kappa Delta Pi - Kappa Eta Chapter Webpage

Contact Information

Queens Campus
Steven M Neier
Assistant Dean
[email protected]
(718) 990-6336

Rosette Marie Allegretti, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean
[email protected]
(718) 990-2506

Staten Island Campus
Regina Mistretta
Associate Dean
[email protected]
(718) 390-4491

50th Anniversary

Kappa Delta Pi– Kappa Eta Chapter, an International Honor Society in Education, celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Spring 2014. From its inception, on June 2nd, 1964, the Kappa Eta Chapter continues to maintain the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi. Over the last 50 years, we have enjoyed providing opportunities to serve the community and assist pre-service teachers into becoming knowledgeable professionals.  We have come to understand the work it takes to have a successful chapter and the thrill we have when our chapter succeeds.

As a chapter, we have taken pride in our dedication to make a difference in the community; our service projects such as Light It Up Blue, Literacy Alive!, and a trip to South Africa have not only impacted our members, but the people we have served. We have also taken pride in our eagerness to prepare the pre-service teachers within the School of Education with professional development events that allow them to network and learn more about the field of education. The Kappa Eta Chapter has been recognized by our society’s headquarters and has received 5 ACE (Achieving Chapter Excellence) Awards which have reflected our hard work. Whether it’s creating professional development events or embarking on a service project, even the smallest successes within our chapter allow us to continue our commitment to advancing the field of education.