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Advisement for the Department of Early Childhood/Childhood Education

From the Chair, Nancy Dubetz

Nancy DubetzWelcome to the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education. As a faculty we are committed to preparing competent, qualified, and caring teachers for diverse urban settings. This commitment is expressed in detail in the School of Education's philosophical document entitled Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE). The themes of the LUTE form the basis of our four programs leading to New York State teacher certification, and they help focus our work with teacher candidates, students, parents, schools, and other community organizations to enhance learning, recognizing that early education is the basis for later learning.

The Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education prepares students for initial/professional New York State certification to teach children at the early childhood (birth to grade 2) and childhood (grades 1-6) levels and offers bilingual extensions for those who wish to work in multilingual settings.

If you are interested in any of our programs click here to fill out a form to get in touch with us. You should fill out this form if you are looking for general information about our programs, or Undergraduate / Graduate advising. Someone will be in touch with you within five business days. 

Fall 2020 Faculty Office Hours
Faculty Name Office Hours Phone Number Email

Jennifer Collett
(Childhood Minor to Master, Grades 1-6)

WEDNESDAY: 5:30 - 7:30PM
Zoom Meeting Login
Passcode – 379828; Meeting ID - 962 6985 4893

THURSDAY: 5:00 - 6:00PM
Zoom Meeting Login
Passcode – 583057 Meeting ID - 972 0826 6531


Nancy Dubetz
(Department Chair)

MONDAY: 3:00 - 6:00PM
WEDNESDAY: 3:30 - 6:00PM
(By Appointment made via E-Mail only)


Cecilia Espinosa
(Early Childhood Graduate Program: Birth-2 & Program leading to Bilingual Extension)

TUESDAY: 7:00 - 8:00PM
WEDNEDAY: 3:00 - 5:00PM

Melissa Garcia Vega

TUESDAY: 2:00 - 4:30PM


Anne Marie Marshall
(Childhood Graduate Program, Grades 1-6)

TUESDAY: 3:00 - 5:00PM
THURSDAY: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Yasmin Morales-Alexander

TUESDAY: 6:00 - 7:00PM
WEDNESDAY: 3:45 - 4:45PM

Zoila Morell

MONDAY: 2:00 - 4:00PM
TUESDAY: 2:00 - 3:00PM


Frances Rofrano
(Program Coordinator for the Undergraduate Minor)

TUESDAY: 4:00 - 6:00PM
THURSDAY: 7:00 - 8:00PM

Alexandria Ross

MONDAY: 2:00 - 3:50PM
TUESDAY: 2:00 - 3:00PM

Anne Rothstein

THURSDAY: 1:00 - 3:00PM
(Zoom & By Appointments made via E-Mail Only)

Zoom Meeting Login
Meeting ID: 916 6733 9015 Passcode: 734354

Kym Vanderbilt

MONDAY: 2:00 - 6:00PM


Michele Washington
(Early Chilhood Minor to Masters Program, Ages Birth-Grade 2)

WEDNESDAY: 3:00 - 4:00PM
THURSDAY: 11:00AM – 1:00 PM

Celestial Wills-Jackson

MONDAY: 2:00 – 4:00 PM


Our Programs

Undergraduate Programs Leading to Initial Certification:

  • Minor to Masters Early Childhood (Birth through Grade 2) with/without bilingual extension
  • Minor to Masters Childhood (Grades 1 through 6) with/without bilingual extension
  • Minor to Masters Program Brochure (PDF)

Graduate Programs Leading to Professional Certification:

Advanced Certificate Program  Leading to a Bilingual Extension

If it is your dream to become an urban teacher at the early childhood or childhood levels, we hope that you will join our community where we each function as both teacher and learner.
Lehman gives teachers a focus on philosophy, trends, curriculum, methods, materials, and research in the field. The bilingual extension option adds the possibility of initial certification with an emphasis on the bilingual/bicultural child.

Our faculty are recognized for their scholarship and research and for their work with Bronx and suburban schools, where they address professional development needs and serve as resources for teachers. We strive to make classes interesting, use active learning strategies, and assign field-based learning experiences. We offer courses in hybrid, web-enhanced, and fully online platforms.

The New York Times has called Lehman the "most attractive of the CUNY colleges with some of its finest facilities." Our Information Technology Center is a pioneer in the field of distance-learning. Our Library has an extensive collection of children’s literature. Lehman students have free access to The APEX, a center for sports and fitness. And for the many Lehman students who drive, convenient campus parking is available in attended lots.