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Why Should I Choose Education?

Our Education degree program will give you 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 Will I Learn Through Education?

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

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You don't have to leave EC to continue on to your master's degree. Our MSEd program offers exciting opportunities through Adolescence Education 7-12, Literacy: Birth to 12, Inclusive Special Education, and General Education programs.

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"This program makes me look forward to every single day, and has helped me grow as a person and as a future teacher."
–Abigail Ploetz '25

What Can I Do With An Education Degree?

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.

There are a number of rewarding career options for those with a degree in Education. You’ll not only be equipped to teach at a number of grade levels, but you could also pursue careers in administration, educational consulting, student counseling, and after-school programming.

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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.

Sarah Vallely
Administrative Coordinator
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Teacher Education
(607) 735-1840

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