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Iona College Education Programs Earn National Recognition from Council for Exceptional Children


New Rochelle, NY (August 1, 2013) The Education Department at Iona College is pleased to announce the Masters of Science in Teaching: Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6) and the Masters of Science in Education: Literacy/Special Education (Grades 1-6) received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children. This distinguished honor denotes excellent program curricula, fieldwork, as well as quality students and faculty. National recognition also enables our graduates to gain an edge in seeking employment as they exit these prestigious programs.

“This is a very difficult specialty professional association to pass, and it was achieved through the tireless effort of Dr. Marlene Zakierski who led the team to develop, implement, and maintain a program of excellence. This honor is also due to the close partnership developed with New Rochelle School District through the efforts of Yvette Goorevitch, director of special education," said Catherine O’Callaghan, Ph.D., chair of the education department.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.

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