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.

Meant to Teach

Become that teacher whom your students will remember.

Watch Now

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 >>

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.

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.

"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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.



    Questions, concerns, or just want to know more about life and learning at Nazareth? Request info »



    Stop by for a class, a tour, or an overnight. We'd love to show you what Naz is all about. Schedule a visit »



    Ready to get started at Nazareth? Apply online using the Common Application. Apply today »