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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education


School of Education

Michael W. Wischnowski, Dean
Susan Hildenbrand, Associate Dean

Jeffrey Liles, Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Inclusive Education

Katrina Arndt, Michelle Erklenz-Watts, Lucia Guarino,* Whitney Rapp, Linda Schlosser, Susan Schultz, James Schwartz

*On leave, Fall 2016

Dean’s Message

Welcome to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at St. John Fisher College. Our curriculum is grounded in inclusive practice comprised of theoretical and experiential learning that prepares teacher candidates to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to teach all children. All coursework and fieldwork move candidates toward the attainment of learning objectives based on a conceptual framework dedicated to the achievement of social justice through the central tenets of teaching: respecting and addressing the diversity of all learners, promoting achievement for each individual, developing compassionate practice, pursuing knowledge continuously, and providing comprehensive service to the communities and individuals we serve. All undergraduate programs are registered with the New York State Education Department and are nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our high-quality programs of study incorporate the liberal arts with professional preparation in the science, craft, and art of teaching. All programs embed curriculum in practice situated in schools. The School of Education and its related educational programs are located in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Building, a state-of-the-art facility with advanced technological capacity.

Admission to the School of Education

All candidates, including transfer students, are accepted into the School of Education upon admission to the college. In order to maintain their standing, all candidates must:

  • Establish a cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Earn acceptable or target ratings on key assessments
  • Comply with plans for support
  • Earn a final grade of at least "C" or higher in all courses required for certification