School of Education


School of Education

Welcome from Dean Looney

​Welcome to Nyack College’s School of Education's website.  As you peruse the site, you will uncover the qualities that make our programs distinct…our students, our faculty, our commitment to excellence, to service, to leadership and, importantly, to the Core Values of the College. This year, we will gratefully celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Fifty years ago, Ethel Huttar, Joyce Bailey, Elsie Barney and Lillian Hess with the assistance of Ralph Young, launched the education program at Nyack Rockland, which led to New York State certification. Over the decades, we have been blessed with God’s favor and an educational ministry that brings glory to His name.

Take a look at far we’ve come since 1967!

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The School of Education at Nyack College, an NCATE accredited institution, is committed to prepare teacher candidates with practiced, research-based methodology that is grounded in character, integrating the historical evangelical Christian tradition of the College, so they are ready to enter the classroom.  To fulfill these values, the school is committed to the preparation of teacher candidates who are capable of working effectively with diverse populations in a constantly changing global community.

Teacher candidates are instructed to be "the salt of the earth".  This summarizes the belief that candidates and professional faculty in the School of Education strive to become, by God's grace, individuals who reflect the properties of salt.  They are to season and enrich the lives of others.  They are to become the preservative of hope and encouragement to others.  Ultimately, they are to become healing agents serving others who need help overcoming the difficulties of life.  As you review our blog posts, you will see our faculty and students embracing our Conceptual Framework to go forth and be "the salt of the earth".

Our undergraduate teacher preparation programs train candidates to teach in the following areas: Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2); Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 6); Childhood Education (Grades 1 – 6); Adolescence Education with concentrations in English, Mathematics and Social Studies, and Music Education (K-12). Successful completion of our undergraduate programs leads to New York State initial certification and certification from the Association of Christian Schools International. Details on programs and clinical experiences are available here.

We also have Master's level preparation which leads to Initial and/or Professional Certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1 - 6), Childhood Special Education (Grades 1 - 6),  TESOL (Pre K - 12) and in Bilingual Education. 

Finally, we are delighted that you are considering Nyack College and teaching as a possibility for your major course of study.  For more information about becoming a teacher education student, contact

Sincerely in Christ,

JoAnn Looney, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
1 South Boulevard
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 675-4512

A Window Into The Common Core

A Blog by Dr. Marie White

We need to be careful what we convey to our children about the common core: it is here to stay and if we stay focused on the objective to make our children college ready, academically excellent, and self-regulated learners, we will increase their self-efficacy to accomplish the demanding tasks and challenges ahead.


NCATE Accreditation

Nyack College is proud to hold accreditation from NCATE.

"NCATE is education’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation."

The School of Education is hosting an Onsite Visit in October for accreditation by CAEP (NCATE's replacement). Third-party comments are being solicited: Call for Comment