Caldwell College was founded as a Catholic liberal arts college by the Sisters of Saint Dominic under the leadership of Mother M. Joseph Dunn, O.P., with the approval of the Most Reverend Thomas Joseph Walsh , Archbishop of Newark, who became its first president. The College was incorporated on August 10, 1939, as an institution of higher learning for women under the laws of the State of New Jersey and empowered to grant degrees. In 1952, Caldwell College received full accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Caldwell has maintained this accreditation which was last reaffirmed in November 2000 when the Commission accepted the Periodic Review Report and commended the institution for the quality of the report.
In 1974, Caldwell College became the first institution in New Jersey to a w a rd the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1979, Caldwell became one of the few institutions in the state to offer a unique external degree program. In 1985, the Board of Trustees of the College voted to make Caldwell College fully co-educational, enabling men to receive the superior education and career preparation that women had been able to receive for fifty years. Caldwell College welcomed the first full-time male students in the fall of 1986.
In November 1992, Caldwell College reached another plateau: the New Jersey Board of Higher Education granted approval for the College to offer the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. During the summer of 1993, the first graduate students began classes. The College now offers nine graduate programs or degrees, along with a number of Post Baccalaureate and Post Masters' programs. The College has consistently shown growth in the area of Graduate Studies, including the following additions: in 2000, the College was the first in New Jersey to offer a specialization in Art Therapy within the M.A. in Counseling Psychology; in 2001, the College initiated a Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program in Special Education and a dual Certification Program in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and in 2003, the College will begin offering a M.B.A. program in the Business Department.
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