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:

  • 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.