Apply Now: City College of New York’s Graduate Course for Teachers, “Confronting the Constitution”

City College of New York, New York, NY

“Confronting the Constitution” (Fall 2020)


City College of New York (CCNY) is offering an online graduate course specifically designed for high school teachers in the Fall 2020 semester. Entitled “Confronting the Constitution,” the course will be offered through CCNY’s School of Education and carry CTLE credits. All tuition costs will be covered by a generous gift from the Jack Miller Center. This is a new course to be taught by CCNY Professor of Political Science Daniel DiSalvo. See course description and application instructions below:



“Confronting the Constitution” (Fall 2020)

Schedule: Wednesdays 5:00 pm -7:30 pm (with some flexibility)

Instruction Format: Online (asynchronous​)

Credits:  3 graduate credits; and/or hours for CTLE

Hours: 3

Tuition: Costs covered by the Jack Miller Center

Course Description: This course will examine the theoretical ideas that informed the creation and development of America’s political system and consider some of the major challenges to it. Topics to be treated include the political thought of the American Founders, the problem of slavery and civil rights, the Progressive Era critique of the Constitution, and the character of America’s democratic institutions. This course is designed for New York City metro-region high school teachers. The aim is to assist teachers in enlivening their courses by assisting them to engage with primary documents and to bring them up to date on recent scholarship.



Non-Degree Application & Materials:

Use this link to access the application:

  1. Enter the program information as follows:
    1. School of Interest: select “School of Education”
    2. Program of Study: select “Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)”
    3. Certification Track: select “Master’s without Certification”
    4. Intended Degree: select “Non-Degree”
    5. Term: select “Fall 2020”
    6. Save & Continue to the other parts of the application
  2. Upload all transcripts on completion of the Educational History. If you are having trouble uploading your materials, please email them as an attachment safely to  with the Subject Line: “Social Studies Partnership.”
  3. At the Select Payment Method, click the radio button for Check. (We are aware that the application fee is covered by the Partnership, but the application will not release without this note.)
  4. Confirmation message: Submission Complete!

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The application deadline is July 31, 2020

For additional information and questions on admissions, please contact the School of Education – Stacia Pusey,  Assistant Dean – at



Daniel DiSalvoDaniel DiSalvo is Professor and Chair of Political Science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868–2010 (Oxford, 2012) and Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford, 2015). Professor DiSalvo writes frequently for scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, American Interest, The Weekly Standard, and the New York Daily News. He is coeditor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.

Professor DiSalvo is a JMC fellow.

Learn more about Daniel DiSalvo >>



About the Jack Miller Center’s Founding Civics Initiative:

The JMC Founding Civics Initiative introduces graduate courses and professional development for teachers that deepen their understanding of foundational texts and ideas in the American political tradition and help them develop curricula for their classrooms.

The initiative was launched in Chicago in 2016 with a generous lead gift from The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation. It now has expanded to New York City, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Florida. Taught by JMC faculty partners, programs are conducted with area institutions and align to regional teacher incentives and state and local civics requirements.

Learn more about the Founding Civics Initiative >>



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