Education Certification

Hartwick education student working with 3rd graders in classroom

Where a teaching certification can take you.

This is a perfect time to pursue a career in teaching because jobs are plentiful. Only 4.2% of undergraduates were enrolled in education programs in 2016, the lowest percentage in 45 years. And over the next five years, 1/3 of teachers registered in New York State will be eligible for retirement. As a result, there is a looming teacher shortage, particularly in all STEM fields, Special Education, and Foreign Language certifications. Many more opportunities are available in high-needs schools (rural and urban). The demand for teachers is very strong.

Putting education to work

Hartwick Alumni at Work

Hartwick’s education graduates teach in rural, urban, and suburban schools across the country.

Our alumni teach in:

  • Upstate New York
  • New York City
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Vermont, and many other states

Alumni in Graduate School

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Columbia University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Albany
  • The College of St. Rose
  • Fordham University
  • Boston College

Hands-on Experience

Hartwick’s Teacher Education Program prepares you for certification in Childhood (1st – 6th grade), Middle Childhood (5th – 9th grade), and Adolescence Education (7th – 12th grade) in 24 teacher certification content areas.

Hartwick’s selective program leads to a dual certification program in Special Education/Childhood Education, Special Education/Adolescence Education, Students with Disabilities Generalist (7-12), and Visual Arts (K-12).

A closer look.

There are many effective ways of learning. At Hartwick, these include internships, study abroad, the education work-study program, alternative/multicultural/special education minipracticum, field experience, and directed studies with professors. Students design, develop, and implement an educational program that is consistent with their interests and preparation, and long-term professional goals.

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick’s Teacher Education Program offers a rich and unique variety and quantity of clinical experiences in classrooms, beginning in students’ very first Education class. By the time they student teach our students have spent many hours in the field and are confident and competent in their pedagogical skills.


Erin Baxter-Toal

Director of Pine Lake Environmental Campus & Challenge Education

Elizabeth Bloom

Associate Professor and Chair of Education Department

Ross A. Bussell

Assistant Professor of Education

Marisa Kofke

Assistant Professor of Education

Autumn Magliocca

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education