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College Of New Rochelle, BOCES Offering Graduate Program For Teachers

Students will attend teacher education classes at the BOCES site in Harrison.
Students will attend teacher education classes at the BOCES site in Harrison. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The College of New Rochelle will partner with Southern Westchester BOCES to offer the college’s graduate programs in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education at BOCES’ site in Harrison.

The first courses starting this summer, will be offered to K-12 general and special education faculty of the 32 Southern Westchester BOCES. These programs fulfill recent requirements issued by the New York State Education Department Part 154, to support teachers pursuing required certification in TESOL and Bilingual Education programs.

BOCES will provide space in its Professional Development Center in Harrison for the programs, and faculty from The College of New Rochelle will teach courses on-site.

“This partnership leverages CNR’s innovative co-sponsorship model to provide public school faculty across Westchester County with advanced educational opportunities. We have been serving teachers of all experience levels in the Westchester area for decades, and will continue to develop models that are affordable and convenient to the teaching community. The College of New Rochelle ‘s faculty has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with SWBOCES’ teachers and we anticipate a great collaboration,” said Kevin Cavanagh, vice president of enrollment management at The College of New Rochelle.

Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services is a state-chartered regional resource agency providing a variety of services to 32 component school districts and two non-component school districts in Southern Westchester.

“This partnership with The College of New Rochelle will enable our teachers to be ahead of the curve in their districts and enrich their classroom curricula and environments. By supporting our teachers with these programs, we work towards our ultimate goal of best serving the needs of our students and families across districts,” Jacqueline O’Donnell, SWBOCES assistant superintendent for regional services.

Through the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center, Southern Westchester BOCES also provides technology services to 62 school districts throughout Westchester, Putnam and Rockland Counties.

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