MEC Opens New School of Education
The College’s new School of Education, which will be the home of the College’s pre-college programs and two academic departments, has opened its doors in time for the new 2017-2018 academic year. The first full week of the Fall semester began on Aug. 25.
The new school was featured in a recent edition of The Village Voice newspaper. The article, which can be read here, included interviews with MEC President Rudolph F. Crew and Dr. Sheilah M. Paul, who is the school’s Founding Dean. Dr. Paul was recently the Acting Dean of what was known as the School of Liberal Arts and Education, after serving as Chair of the Education Department.
“We’ve outgrown the idea of just a department in another school,” Dr. Paul told the Village Voice. “Having met national accreditation standards on two occasions for our degree programs, we’ve earned the right to take on more responsibility.”
Dr. Paul and Dr. Crew view the School of Education as a place to transform urban education by addressing the challenges of students in underserved urban communities.
Many students confront academic underachievement because of limited resources and services. MEC’s new School of Education will give them access to high quality education, career preparation, and professional development opportunities.
The Department of Developmental and Special Education, including the College’s Developmental Education programs will be housed in the new school. This department will also offer Bachelor’s degrees that prepare teachers in special education. The Department of Multicultural Early Childhood and Elementary Education offers both Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood and elementary teacher education.
In addition to producing well rounded and culturally responsive educators, the new School will give MEC the flexibility to offer basic math and English instruction to freshmen who are not quite ready for college-level courses. It will also provide resources and professional development opportunities for foreign teachers and students through its partnerships with colleges in the West Indies.