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Opportunities + connections = success

An education degree at Nazareth includes inspiring faculty, wide-ranging experiences on campus and in schools, multiple certifications, and help landing jobs.


Undergraduate Education Majors

Wide-Ranging Teaching Experiences

Fieldwork in varied school settings close by — urban, rural, and suburban — enables you to learn more and to expand your network for getting hired.

Inclusive early childhood/childhood majors take education courses in local primary and elementary schools.

Students in the inclusive childhood and adolescence education programs can even teach in England, Tanzania, China, and Hungary. Learn more about international teaching experiences. >>

Career Services, Education, Nazareth College

Next Steps

Career Services helps education students find teaching positions by posting jobs, coordinating job fairs such as Teacher Recruitment Day, helping with resumes/cover letters, conducting practice interviews with typical questions asked by school hiring committees, providing contact information for school districts, and supporting the grad school search process.

Earn quad certification

Nazareth is unusual in the state in offering the coursework and experiences to earn four teaching certifications in four years:

  • Early Childhood (birth-grade 2)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Early Childhood Level (birth-grade 2)
  • Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level (grades 1-6)

"Dear Society" by Shanterra Randle-Brown '14

    Randle-Brown graduated in 2014 with the goal of becoming a history teacher in an inner-city school.

    New Dean: Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie, Ph.D.

    Experienced educator DaBoll-Lavoie holds multiple statewide leadership roles and was recently named the new dean of the School of Education.

    Opportunities to work with youth

    In addition to working with young people within education courses, Nazareth hosts events and programs and leads efforts in the community that education majors can get involved in:

    Fifth-year option

    Become even more prepared and in demand. After completing a bachelor's in education and initial teacher certification, in just 12 months you could add a master's degree and additional certification in one of many areas, such as literacy or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

    New York state schools particularly seek teachers certified in TESOL or in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). See details about the TESOL master's degree with additional certification.

    Leadership in Urban Education at Nazareth College

    What Works: Leadership in Urban Education

    More than 225 people attended the Leadership in Urban Education Summit on campus in March 2015, hearing from school officials, two members of the state Board of Regents, a state Education Department official, and education leaders from Nazareth.

    Strong Teacher Preparation

    Nazareth students pass licensing exams and get jobs at high rates. Pass rates 2013-14:

    • Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): 94%; state average: 81%
    • all Content Specialty Tests (CST): 92%; state average: 82%
    • Educating All Students (EAS) exam: 89%; state average: 77%
    • Academic Literary Skills Test (ALST): 81%; state average 68%
    Nicole Lombardi, Nazareth College

    Nicole Lombardi ’13, teaches middle school social studies at Our Lady of Mercy in Rochester. She participated in a Naz social media event celebrating teaching.

    Student Spotlight

    What is it really like to be a student teacher? Read about Anthony Gay '15 and his experience.

    Examples of Student Teaching Sites

    • Aquinas Institute
    • Discovery Charter School
    • Fairport Schools
    • French Road Elementary School (Brighton)
    • Hope Hall
    • Ivan Green Primary School (East Irondequoit)
    • Leeds, England
    • Norman Howard School
    • Rochester City School District
    • Spencerport Schools
    • Quest Elementary School (Hilton)
    • Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
    Ellen Contopodis, Why I Teach, Nazareth College

    Why I Teach

    "Joy comes from identifying strengths and capitalizing on them, from appreciating and instilling an appreciation for difference, and from seeing the potential of their learners reached."

    — Ellen Contopidis, Ph.D., associate professor, Inclusive Childhood Education



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