An education degree at Nazareth includes inspiring faculty, wide-ranging experiences on campus and in schools, multiple certifications, and help landing jobs.
Prepared by Nazareth to spark fire, inspire, and motivate for generations. Meet the Educators >>
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.
Experienced educator DaBoll-Lavoie holds multiple statewide leadership roles and was recently named the new dean of the School of Education.
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.
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:
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.
Nazareth students pass licensing exams and get jobs at high rates. Pass rates 2014-15:
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.
What is it really like to be a student teacher? Read about Anthony Gay '15 and his experience.
"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
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.
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