Why Choose Education?

By gaining the knowledge and hands-on skills to become an effective elementary, middle, or high school educator, you can play an important role in shaping the future of learners and building an inclusive classroom that facilitates life-long learning.

What Education Will Teach You

Our curriculum will prepare you to plan, construct, and deliver compelling lessons; create inclusive and supportive learning environments; and integrate new and emerging technologies for classroom use. You’ll enjoy small class sizes, taught by professors who are committed to helping their students grow into articulate, compassionate, and impactful educators.

Where Education Can Take You

Our graduates become successful teachers and administrators. That's because they learn to:

  • Become responsive to their students' social, emotional, cultural, and academic needs;
  • Design safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environments;
  • Become content specialists who create learning experiences that engage their learners in critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving;
  • Make instructional decisions that empower their learners to develop at their highest capacity;
  • Demonstrate qualities of reflective practitioners that collaborate effectively with families, community members, and school professionals to ensure learner growth, development, and well-being.

Elmira College is a member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator programs offered by Elmira College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.


There are a number of rewarding career options for those with a bachelor’s in education. If you have a degree in education, you’ll be equipped to teach at a number of grade levels. You could also pursue careers in administration, educational consulting, student counseling, and after-school programming.

Internships & Opportunities

Getting to teach in real classrooms is part of the curriculum at Elmira. Our students take part in three practicum experiences that take place in their sophomore and junior years. By senior year, all students must participate in Student Teaching, which provides our students with a full-time teaching opportunity for one term.

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