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

Meant to Teach

Become that teacher whom your students will remember.

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Cassandra Matalavage works with students

First-Grader's Joy Drives A Future Teacher

"I'm excited for the journey and for learning with my students. You teach them the facts and academics and to become self-sufficient, and they in return teach you so much," says Cassie Matalavage '17, '18G, who had job offers for teaching positions before she graduated. Read her story »

Laura Babocsi student teaching in Spencerport.

Quad certification is a huge plus

Laura Babocsi '16, chose Nazareth for the opportunity to earn 4 New York State teaching certifications in 4 years: Early Childhood (birth-grade 2), Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Early Childhood Level (birth-grade 2), Childhood Education (grades 1-6), and Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level (grades 1-6).

Her fieldwork has included classrooms in Greece, Spencerport, Brighton, and Rochester. She’s been immersed in general education and special education settings, including small groups, whole class, pull-out, and co-teaching work. “I have a lot of experience under my belt now. This program provides the background and certifications that are marketable in the education world,” says Babocsi, who’s wanted to be a teacher since age 6. “This has been an amazing experience.”

Since graduating, she has worked as a first-grade teacher and is pursuing a master’s degree with an additional certification as a literacy specialist. She loves helping students achieve their potential and seeing the sparkle in their eye that comes with the excitement of learning.

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. >>
The Educators, Education, Teachers, Nazareth College

The Educators

Prepared by Nazareth to spark fire, inspire, and motivate for generations. Meet the Educators >>

Dean: Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie, Ph.D.

Experienced educator DaBoll-Lavoie was honored by the state Association of Teacher Educators as an outstanding teacher educator.

Career Services, Education, Nazareth College

Next Steps

Center for Life's Work career services help 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.

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:

Strong Teacher Preparation

Nazareth students pass licensing exams and get jobs at high rates. Pass rates 2014-15:

  • Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): 93%
  • all Content Specialty Tests (CST): 96%
  • Educating All Students (EAS) exam: 99%
  • Academic Literary Skills Test (ALST): 98%
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.

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

Fifth-year option

Become even more prepared and in demand. After completing a bachelor's in education, you could add a master's degree and additional highly-sought-after certifications in just 12 months full-time. Or, since teachers are being hired so quickly now, some Nazareth alums choose to study part-time while working. 

Nazareth has more master's options than most colleges in the region. Learn about all graduate education programs at Nazareth.

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, hearing from school officials, two members of the state Board of Regents, a state Education Department official, and education leaders from Nazareth.

Learn to Analyze

Assessment is an important part of education. Nazareth offers an analytics minor that teaches you critical skills to interpret and use data well.

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
Denzell Jackson, education major, had a job before graduation

Denzell Jackson '17

Jackson looks forward to a career teaching and coaching basketball. Both require forming relationships with kids and helping them thrive. Jackson majored in inclusive education, sociology, and community youth development — and had a teaching job lined up before he graduated.



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