Education Department

Hartwick education student working with elementary school student in classroom

Our Mission: A Commitment to Social Change

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) LogoThe Hartwick College Teacher Education Program prepares teacher candidates to begin their careers with a foundation in research-based learning theory and instructional practices, a commitment to meeting and honoring the educational needs of diverse learners and a dedication to environmental and social justice in schools and society.

Our department takes for granted that education is the primary means to life success. Therefore, schools must mitigate against the conditions that threaten equal opportunity and academic achievement for all children regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, religion, income, gender identity or sexual orientation. If schools are to adequately fulfill this responsibility, then teacher training programs play an important role in exposing prospective teachers to the sociocultural issues relevant to the task. Beyond developing a commitment to social justice, students are expected to maintain academic excellence, display a passion for teaching and possess high professional dispositions.

Why Study Education at Hartwick College?

  • Because you will graduate certified to teach in the subject area and grade level of your choice. We offer traditional certification in Special Education, Dual Certification in Childhood and Special Education (1-6), Adolescent Education (7-12), Visual Arts (K-12) and Music (K-12).
  • Because getting certified to teach at Hartwick College can take you to so many new and exciting places. In addition to teaching in traditional classroom settings, our graduates teach abroad, with incarcerated youth and in outdoor experiential education to name just a few.
  • Because you’ll engage in intensive in-school experiences right from the start. Beginning in the first year, students are immersed in real school settings. Prior to student teaching, students complete 100 hours of field experience and a one-month in school mini-practicum.
  • Because we are not a teacher factory, students receive a robust liberal arts education that prepares them to be the best in their field with solid skills for lifelong learning and professional success.
  • Because our program has a unique philosophy that blends social and environmental justice. Our faculty views schools and classrooms as pro-democracy, pro-peace laboratories where teachers make the difference in creating a more fair, just and equitable society.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.


The Teacher Education program at Hartwick College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Exciting Student Outcomes

Our program has a long history of preparing highly qualified teachers. Hartwick education students complete a multicultural min-practicum, student teaching and internships and are well-prepared for certification, employment or graduate school.

Program Completers 2020-2021

All graduates of teacher education programs must pass New York State Certification Exams in order to be granted Initial Certification in Teacher Education to teach in New York State. Hartwick College’s Teacher Education Program is required to publish New York State teacher certification exam pass rate results on a yearly basis.

  • Educating All Students (EAS) Test – 100%
  • edTPA (Replaced with ATS-W in 2020 due to the Covid 19 epidemic) – NA
  • Content Specialty Tests – 100%
  • ATS-W Elementary – 100%
  • ATS-W Secondary – 100%


KAYA, Jaipur, India
Children’s Development Intern
Cilina Jagrup ’19

In Kind, South Africa
Education Technology Intern
Alexandra Sarette, ’21


2nd Grade Teacher
P.S. 398
Brooklyn, NY
Zaria Isler ’20

5th Grade Teacher
South Kortright Central School
South Kortright, NY
Caitlin Cole, ’19

Geometry Teacher
Enlarged City School District
Middletown, NY
Meghan Fothergill, ’19

Biology Teacher
Mount Morris Central School District
Mount Morris, NY
Zach Skelton, ’20

English Teacher
Primary Prep Middle School
Jersey City, NJ
Rachel Weir, ’19

Education Certificate Options

At Hartwick, students do not major in education but complete a program for certification coupled with a content major or major/minor combination in a number of options: childhood education, adolescent education, special education, visual arts education, and music education.

Childhood Education

Hartwick offers an education program in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) within the following majors:

  • Art
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater Arts
  • Music

Adolescent Education

Hartwick offers certification in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) within the following content areas:

  • Art
  • English
  • Math
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science (with Geology)
  • French, Spanish
  • Social Studies (majors in Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science)

Special Education Certification

Students major in an academic content area while working to complete all of the necessary courses for the Students with Disabilities Certification.

Students will have the option to pursue dual certification in:

  • Dual Childhood: Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Students with Disabilities Generalist (Grades 7-12)

Certification Information

To be certified to teach in New York State, a student must complete the requirements set out by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and by the Department of Education at Hartwick.

The program at Hartwick College leads to an Initial Certificate (pending fulfillment of all requirements by the College and New York State).

To be eligible to continue teaching in the state of New York a teacher must complete the requirements for a Professional certificate within five years after completing the requirements for Initial certification.

Teaching Licensure Reciprocity

Interested in earning teacher certification or a minor in Education?

Review all the requirements in the College Catalog.

Our professors mentor students through all courses and field experiences.

The Education faculty at Hartwick have a combined thirty-plus years experience teaching in public schools prior to their entering higher education. We come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and that diversity prepares students for just about any setting. Because we are small program we get to know our students intimately and mentor them from our foundational courses through to student teaching and beyond.

Review the current course offerings in the College Catalog.

Special Opportunities

Scholarships to travel and teach, J Term multicultural courses, and an Education Club are but a few special opportunities for Hartwick education students.

Meet Our Faculty

Elizabeth Bloom

Associate Professor and Chair of Education Department

Erin Baxter-Toal

Director of Pine Lake Environmental Campus & Challenge Education

Ross A. Bussell

Assistant Professor of Education

Marisa Kofke

Assistant Professor of Education

Autumn Magliocca

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education


Dr. Elizabeth Bloom
Associate Professor & Education Department Chair