Why Hartwick?

You’re passionate about sharing your knowledge with young people. Hartwick’s Education Certification prepares you to lead a classroom, whether you want to teach at the elementary, middle or high school level. With a minimum of 420 hours of total classroom experience, from J Term clinicals to student teaching, you’ll arrive confident, prepared, and ready to make a difference in the lives of your students.

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Art? History? Math? English? Whatever you want to teach, your Education Certification is in addition to your major, positioning you as an expert in your field.

The demand for teachers is stronger than ever. Your Alumni Mentor will share their personalized strategies for success, and your Career Coach will work closely with you to find the right school where you can thrive.

Your degree – plus your experience – will also prepare you to seek continued professional advancement as a principal, superintendent or other administrative specialist.


You’ll complete at least 420 hours of immersive classroom experience, from your first days supporting the teacher to leading students in the day’s lessons. In your senior year, you’ll complete two seven-week student teaching placements to test-drive your skills and gain the confidence to lead, teach and inspire.

In your sophomore and junior years, you will take up to 240 hours in practicums focused on special education, alternative learning and social justice that will empower you to change lives. Or go on an international J Term experience to gain a stronger understanding of educational practices – and challenges – across cultures. You could even get an Emerson Scholarship to study and intern abroad!

You’ll also have opportunities to connect with education-focused community organizations. You might present at the DO-EdTech conference, judge National History Day entries at the Farmers’ Museum, or speak in front of principals and superintendents at the NYS Foundations of Education Association conference. It will all go on your Digital Resume – a powerful addition to your career toolkit.


Inside and outside of the classroom, your Faculty Mentor will work with you to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Hartwick education, from challenging coursework to real-world work experiences and research.

As your senior year approaches, they’ll work one-on-one with you to prepare you to take your Certification exams and ace your job interviews. By the time you cross that stage at Commencement, you’ll be ready to step into your career.

Not from New York? We’ll help you arrange to take your certification in your home state.


Elementary Education

Like Zaria Isler ‘20, now a second grade teacher at P.S. 398 in Brooklyn. While at Hartwick, Islar received the Excellence in Education Award, given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to teacher preparation.

Middle School Education

Like Rachel Weir ‘19, and English and Language Arts Teacher at Primary Prep Elementary and Middle School. She did her internship abroad at the St. Gilgen International School in St. Gilgen, Austria. A scholar-athlete, she received the Phillip S. Wilder Jr. Award for academic distinction and played as a Midfielder/Forward for the Hawks soccer team.

High School Education

Like Vincenzo Greco ‘10, the department chair of Upper School Social Sciences Department Chair at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. He’s in front of the classroom to teach IB Global Politics, and on the field coach varsity football.


Erin Baxter-Toal

Director of Pine Lake Environmental Campus & Challenge Education

Elizabeth Bloom

Professor and Chair of Education Department

Ross A. Bussell

Assistant Professor of Education