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Is this really a growing field?

For over 10 years, the market in NYC for new teachers has been stagnant.  Hiring freezes, layoffs and new teacher evaluations have discouraged motivated individuals from pursuing this noble career.    Times have changed….

New Leadership in New York City has committed resources to hiring hundreds of new certified Early Childhood Educators for their Universal Pre-K initiative.   Now is the time to Earn your Early Childhood Certification and take advantage of the biggest job opportunity for future teachers in over a decade.  

Will this work with my job schedule? 

CITE Concordia’s 46-credit program is designed for working professionals who do not hold certification in education and need a program that will work around their 9 to 5 work schedule.   

In what could I get certified?

Upon completion of the program and state mandated tests and workshops, Students will be eligible for certification in General and Special Education at Early Childhood Level.  

When do classes meet?

Coursework is offered on Saturdays from 8:30am – 4:00pm.  In addition to course work, students are required to attend workshops designed to prepare students to successfully complete new, more rigorous, state exams. 

One course during the program will be taken online and students are required to take one course on campus at Concordia College in Bronxville.    Students will also take one course from Monday to Friday during July.  Please see the schedule  for exact dates.

Students are required to attend a series of workshops/seminars each semester designed to train them to pass the new teacher certification exams. These required workshops are offered each semester on weeknights at no cost to the students.  (Please visit our Scheduling and Pricing page for more information)

Is the cost of this program 475 per class or per credit? What would be the total cost for this program?

The cost of $475 is per credit, not course.  Each 3-Credit course costs $1425.  The program is 46-credits and the total cost is $21,850.    Students who are eligible may apply for Federal Financial Aid.  (Please visit our Scheduling and Pricing page for more information)

What about Financial Aid?

Financial Aid is available in the form of school loans for those that qualify.   Please contact Concordia Colleges Financial Aid Department  at 914-337-9300 for more information. 

Please note: Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per semester in order to receive financial aid.  The cohort schedule as designed allows students to meet those credit minimums throughout the program.   Deviation from the schedule may mean loss of financial aid eligibility.  

Who is CITE?

CITE (the Center for Integrated Teacher Education) has been leader for over 30 years in providing Affordable, Practical and Convenient training for the working professional.    Over 10,000 Education, Mental Health and Public Sector professionals have used CITE Partnership Programs to earn their Advanced Degrees and further their careers.   Check out for more information.  

I have my  Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. I am currently a Graduate  student of Secondary Education in Spanish at another grad school, but, I am not certified yet. Can still be eligible to apply for the program above in  your institution?

 Yes, you are eligible to attend this program.  Are you thinking of leaving your current program?   There is a possibility that some of the courses you are currently taking may transfer into the program, however this would need to be evaluated by Concordia faculty when you apply. 

I currently possess an undergraduate degree in music education. I have my initial certification in teaching music education. Do I still qualify for this program? I f I do, Please send me more information.

 You are eligible for the program.  Because you may hold some appropriate education courses in your undergraduate studies, some of the courses may be waived.    Is your initial certification current?   

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Will I be able to transfer credits from another program? 

Concordia College will accept 6 transfer credits IF you receive a B or better and the content of the courses match up with an appropriate course in the program.  Every potential transfer will be evaluated by Concordia faculty. Some courses, because they meet on campus and fulfill a residency requirement, may not be eligible for transfer. Transfer Credit evaluation will take place at the time of acceptance.     

What tests will I have to take?

  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) – taken in the first year
  • Educating All Students (EAS) – taken close to the end
  • Content Specialty Test – Multi Subject – taken after EDU 529 and any liberal arts and sciences requirements that may be needed
  • Content Specialty Test – Students with Disabilities – taken during student teaching or after all courses are completed
  • edTPA – completed during student teaching course

Are there any workshops in test prep? 

Program Workshops –  We are incorporating required program workshops into the schedule.  These workshops will covers subjects such as writing and  test prep and will be geared toward helping students pass the new, very rigorous, state exams.  We use a similar model with success in Admin.

Workshops will be offered each semester and dates will be released prior to the beginning of the semester.  

What are the Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements?

Please click here: prereqs arts and sciences

Will I get help with advisement?

Advisement Sessions – Each semester we will build in advisement days.   We will be scheduling 1/2 hour appointments where students will have the opportunity to sit down with their designated Concordia Faculty advisor.   Each students and faculty member will have the opportunity to discuss their progress through the program.  

Where can I speak with someone for more information?

You can always call us at 877-922-2483 or email

CITE offers a $50 AMEX gift card if I refer a friend who applies, is accepted, and starts the St. Rose program. Is this also the case with the Concordia Program? 

Yes. We offer a $50 gift card (works like cash) as a thank you for all of our degree programs. If you refer a friend who applies, is accepted, and starts a program, you will get a gift card and our thanks!