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Teaching Certification Program

Join us for your studies to not only earn certification, but to truly learn what it means to be a teacher.

Information on our teacher candidates

Teacher preparation profile

Information about program completers' performance and employment is available in theTeacher Preparation Profile.

Where do program completers teach?

Information about the location of program completers' employment is available in employer data.

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Joining the Program

We offer teaching certification programs in the following areas:
We also offer a small master of arts in teaching program, Colgate's only graduate program.

To enter the teaching certification program you need to consult with the Director of Teacher Preparation and submit an application to the department that includes a letter of reference. 

Our Emphasis

Our program encompasses liberal studies in education as well as studies and experiences designed to develop teaching effectiveness and professional leadership. We emphasize developing your ability to relate knowledge and theory to skillful teaching in the interest of promoting greater social justice and environmental sustainability.

Student Teaching

Acceptance into the teaching certification program means you are tentatively approved for student teaching, but does not guarantee your final acceptance. Acceptance is contingent on faculty agreement of competence, feedback from community partners during practicum and observation experiences, as well as GPA. 

As outlined by the a 2016 New York State mandate for all educator provider programs we expect students to maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA as well as a 3.0 in both education and content area coursework. 
We make every effort to accommodate all students who wish to teach, but the size of the department and its geographic location limit the number of students who can be served in any one year. If more students apply for student teaching than the program and the local schools can handle, admission will be determined on a competitive basis.

More Information

Candidates for teacher certification in New York State must pass competency examinations prepared by the state education department.

Certification is available to U.S. citizens and to non-citizens who have completed a letter of intent to become a U.S. citizen.

Contact Information

Dr. Meg Gardner
Department of Educational Studies
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
015 Persson Hall
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398