The Hartwick College Teacher Education Program is designed to train confident, reflective, knowledgeable, caring teachers who aspire to become educational leaders.
The program is approved by the New York State Education Department to include special education certification.

Where degrees in special education can take you
Special education students continue to major in an academic area while working to complete all of the necessary courses for the special education certification. Students will have the option to pursue dual certification in Childhood (1-6) or a Students with Disabilities Generalist (7-12) certificate.

Certificates leading to teaching students with special needs:

  • Dual Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Students with Disabilities Generalist Certificate (Grades 7-12)

Putting special education to work.

Hartwick alumni at work.

Hartwick 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:

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

Beyond the basic.

Students who complete the dual certification program in Childhood or Students with Disabilities Generalist programs are prepared to effectively teach any child in New York State. The Teacher Education Program offers students multiple opportunities to work with children and teens in local schools beginning in the first year offering many opportunities for positive interactions with students and teachers which will reinforce your love of teaching.

A closer look.

Hartwick’s Teacher Education Program is committed to providing its students with a broad-based education in the liberal arts. Students enrolled in the program do not major in education; rather, Hartwick’s teachers-in-training major in a content-specific subject area, such as biology, political science, history, or English.


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

Marisa Kofke

Assistant Professor of Education