Education Department Overview
Our Mission: A Commitment to Social Change
The 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.
The Teacher Education program at Hartwick College is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from June 2012 to June 2019.
Exciting Student Outcomes
Hartwick education students complete a multicultural min-practicum, student teaching and internships and are well-prepared for certification, employment or graduate school.
Kalindi Naslund ’15
American Youth Foundation
Samantha Salvatore ’15
Social Studies Teacher
New Haven, CT
Brendan Cahill ’12
Second Grade Teacher
Elmer A. Henderson Elementary
Hannah Kennedy ’12
Library Media Specialist
Edwards Knox Central School
Meagan McGrath ’10
Social Studies Teacher
North Broward Preparatory School
Coconut Creek, FL
Vinny Greco ’10
Education Certificate Options
The Hartwick Teacher Program offers several certification options. These include: childhood education, adolescent education, students with disabilities, dual certification, (childhood and students with disabilities grades 1-6), visual arts education (PreK-12) and music education (PreK-12).
More about our certification options.
Education Program Requirements
Interested in earning teacher certification or a minor in Educational Studies? Here’s what it takes.
Education Program & Educational Studies Minor Requirements
Scholarships to travel and teach, J Term multicultural courses, and an Education Club are but a few special opportunities for Hartwick education students.
More about special opportunities.
The Education faculty at Hartwick have a combined forty-three years of 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.
Meet our Education Faculty
Still Have Questions?
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