About This Program
You know how life-changing knowledge can be. You thrive when you’re sharing information and ideas with others. You want a career that gives you the power to influence the future. Education may be the program for you.
Why Utica University
The undergraduate education program at Utica University enables students to develop critical, high-level teaching skills in preparation for attaining New York State Certification and embarking on a fulfilling career as an educator in any of a number of different disciplinary areas. Supported by an exceptional faculty of seasoned professional teachers and administrators, Utica's education program is offered in combination with your academic major.
Utica University’s Educator Preparation Program has earned nationalaccreditation from The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for all undergraduate and graduate programs. This honor comes with a full seven-year accreditation following extensive review by the AAQEP Commission.
Education at Utica
- Public Schools
- Private Schools
- Tutoring Centers
- Refugee Centers
- Health and Human Services
What You'll Learn
Utica University's education programs feature a strong focus on methodology and practical application, with opportunities for student-teaching and other real-world experiences. Courses include observation and work in the public schools as well as regular course work. The practical application of the theory and principles of teaching and learning culminates in an assignment to area schools for student teaching in the senior year. It is necessary for students to make plans to set aside one of the semesters of the senior year to devote entirely to student teaching.
Program options include:
- Early Childhood / Childhood Education: Psychology Child Life
- Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) Education
- Childhood (Grades 1-6) Education
- Grades 7 - 9 Extension to Childhood Education
- Middle Childhood (Grades 5-9) Education
- Adolescence Education (Grades 7 - 12)
- Students with Disabilities Grade 7-12 Generalist
- Grade 5-6 Extension to Adolescence Education
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Education (Birth - Grade 12)
Opportunities for dual certification in:
A Degree That Works
The education program prepares you for a range of fulfilling career options as an educator, as well as graduate study in education. Utica University also offers master's degree and CAS programs in education. Utica education program alumni have distinguished themselves as educators and administrators in school districts throughout New York State and across the country.
Student Voices: Nicole Quinn
A brief conversation with liberal studies major Nicole Quinn about her studies, her experience in the education program, and her plans to earn a master's degree and start her career as a special education teacher.
Student Voices: Azure Garrett
A brief conversation with Azure Garrett, a liberal studies major in Utica's undergraduate education program, about her experience at Utica, her interest in theatre, and her passion for making a difference.
Student Voices: Noah Howard
A brief conversation with history major Noah Howard about his professors, his research internship, and his plans for the future.
Student Voices: Brittany Westcott
Foreign language major Brittany Wescott talks about her experience at Utica University studying French, meeting international students, traveling abroad, and more.
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