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Educational Studies

Educational Studies Department Overview

The Department of Educational Studies offers courses in Psychological Foundations, Social Foundations and Research, key requirements of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs leading to initial Teacher Certification in New York State. The Department of Educational Studies also houses Programs leading to Certification in Special Education and School Building and District Leadership and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Community-Based Leadership. 

What are obtainable jobs with degrees in Education?
  • Teacher, Early Childhood (Ages Birth-Grade 2)
  • Teacher, Childhood (Grades K-8)
  • Teacher, Adolescence (Grades 9-12)
  • Teacher of English Language Learners
  • Special Education Teacher, Self-contained
  • Special Education Teacher, Inclusive Classroom
  • Grade Leader
  • Adult Literacy
  • Prison Educator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Testing Coordinator
  • School Leader (Principal, Assistant Principal)
  • District Leader (Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Borough Field Support Center)
  • Corporate Trainer

Certified Graduates are eligible for these positions in Traditional Public Schools, Charter Schools, Independent Schools, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, and other entities including non-profits and corporations.


Activity Approach to Development and Learning


Different Minds: Exploring Cognitive Diversity

Director Listing:

  • Deirdre Armitage, Ph.D.
    Director of Fieldwork
    Building 3S, Room 207C
    Phone: 718-982-3741
  • Diane Brescia, BA
    Director of Program Administration
    Building 3S, Room 211
    Phone: 718-982-3877
  • Gail Rosenberg, MS, SAS
    Director of Teacher Performance Assessment Preparation
    Building 3S, Room 216
    Phone: 718-982-3692

Staff Listing:

  • Joanne German
    Administrative Assistant
    Student Teaching, Accreditation, and SLS
    Building 3S, Room 205
    Phone: 718-982-3715
  • Bryan McGuckin, BA
    Computer Laboratory Technician
    Building 3S, Room 206
    Phone: 718-982-3980
  • Walter Palmer, BS
    College Assistant/Computer Laboratory Technician
    Building 3S, Room 206
    Phone: 718-982-3698
  • Fenot Aklog
  • James DeFrancesco
  • Cynthia DiFolco
  • Noah Kippley-Ogman
  • Contessa McNulty
  • Hina Naveed
  • Charlene Reid
  • Omri Shick
  • Lisa Solitario
  • Marquita Speller
  • Kerry Spillane
  • Audra Watson
Facilities, Early Childhood Education Classroom available for Curriculum and Instruction Students

Early Childhood Education Classroom

Facilities, Science Lab available for Curriculum and Instruction Students

Science Education Laboratory

Facilities, Math Lab available for Curriculum and Instruction Students

Mathematics Education Laboratory

Building 3S-208
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contact

Deborah M. DeSimone

Chairperson and Associate Professor

Email Deborah M. DeSimone


Administrative Assistant & Secretary to the Chairpersons