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Learn to Teach, Teach Others to Learn with an Education Degree

What does it mean to be an extraordinary teacher? As an Education major at Keuka College, you’ll explore cutting-edge tools, techniques, and technology that will help you motivate your students and unlock their potential.

You’ll take courses in assessment, psychology, literacy, classroom management, and integrative methods to prepare you to teach in a variety of settings. As a graduate, you’ll be committed to a lifetime of reflective practice, collaborative service, and ethical leadership. 

Your Education degree program has strong roots in the liberal arts and sciences, and will expose you to the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to truly master your chosen content area.

Our partnerships with local and regional school districts ensure that you'll graduate with an extensive network of teachers, principals, and superintendents who know what you're capable of.

Your classes, Field Period® experiences, and student teaching opportunities will ensure you're ready for the classroom, for certification, and for a competitive job market.

Program Highlights

Real Experience Your First Year

Keuka College's renowned Field Period program puts you in front of the classroom your first year of College — and every year after that. In fact, you'll graduate with 540 contact hours in addition to your student teaching experience. 

25+ Ways to Customize Your Education

Whether you're interested in early childhood education with a concentration in Spanish or adolescent English education, Keuka College provides you more than 25 ways to personalize your degree and career path. 


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Education Program Requirements

Your Keuka College education degree will prepare you to capture the minds of your students and inspire them to reach the highest level of their potential.

No matter which program you choose, you'll learn the art and science of teaching and become a true expert in your chosen content area.

What Can I Do with an Education Degree?

A Keuka College degree in education opens a world of opportunities and possibilities, including:

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Applied Behavior Analyst
  • Child Care Professional
  • Children’s Author
  • Early Interventionist
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Learning Specialist
  • Museum Educator
  • Principal
  • Standardized Test Developer
  • Teaching English Abroad Instructor
  • Textbook Editor
  • Tour Guide
  • Training and Development Specialist

Keuka College's Field Period

Much More Than An Annual Internship

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Learn What You Like and Where You Want to Go

One thing I liked about Keuka College is that I got experience starting in my freshman year.

I graduated with more than 500 hours of experience on top of my student teaching.

Your professors know you, and they want to get to know who you are as a person — not just as a student.

Katie Schlabig '20

Recent Education Field Period Sites

Education majors often use Field Period to explode different grade levels and content areas or dive deeper into the academic areas that interest them most. Where you complete your Field Period is up to you. Recent sites include:

  • Athens Area High School
  • Batavia High School
  • Bath Central School District
  • Bernabi Elementary School
  • Caledonia-Mumford School
  • Canandaigua Academy
  • Canastota School District
  • Candor School District
  • Dundee Central School
  • Fairport High School
  • Geneva School District
  • GIVE Volunteers
  • Hammondsport Central School
  • Happiness House
  • Hinsdale Central School
  • Hornell High School
  • Horning Middle School
  • JFK Elementary School
  • Keuka Lake School
  • Lyons Central School District
  • Marcus Whitman School District
  • Naples Central School
  • Nate Perry Elementary
  • North Rose-Wolcott 
  • Palmyra Community Center
  • Palmyra Macedon High School
  • Penn Yan Central School District
  • Prattsburgh School District
  • Rochester City School District
  • Sodus Central School District
  • Vernon Verona Sherrill 
  • Walt Disney Elementary School
  • Watertown High School
  • Watkins Glen School District
  • Weedsport Elementary School
  • Whitesboro High School
  • Williamson School District

Your education faculty are much more than exceptional professors — they're skilled K-12 classroom teachers, accomplished researchers, and extraordinary college advisors. 

Your education professors will get to know you as an individual. They'll help you maximize your strengths, improve upon your weaknesses, and advise you on the courses you'll need to take so you can make the most of your degree and enjoy the teaching career of your dreams. And they just may end up being the teacher who you aspire to become. 

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Affording Your Keuka College Education

Keuka College scholarships, state and federal grants, employer tuition remission, and military benefits are financial aid options that may be available to you. Our financial aid team is here to help you navigate the process and find as many opportunities as are available to you. 

Your application for admission is also your application for financial aid. It's free to apply, so why not start your application today?

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"Free tuition" at state schools doesn't come without costs. Even though Keuka College is private, that doesn't mean a state school will be less expensive for you, even if you're eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

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Prospective students intending to major in Keuka College’s teacher education programs should declare their intention upon entering the College but may transfer into an education program if they have enrolled in a different program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship Opportunities.
  • Keuka College is test optional and believes there's much more to you than just a test score. The admissions committee considers all application materials in its holistic review of your eligibility. 
  • There is no deadline to apply, and we offer rolling admissions. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll receive your admissions decision and scholarship. In most cases, you'll receive a response from us within 1-2 weeks. 

The College does not award teacher certification, the New York State Education Department is the only entity that does that.

Upon the successful completion of all requirements for the major and degree, the college recommends the candidate for certification. The candidate is responsible for fulfilling all certification requirements, which include: major requirements, fingerprinting, certification exams and application for certification.

In cases where the candidate is non-matriculated, or is seeking an additional certification, the candidate is responsible for applying for that certification through a state-recognized certification office.

In all cases, state requirements for certification include:

Additional information about New York State's exam requirements for initial certification is available on the State's website.

Anticipated Testing

  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)
  • Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test in Area of Content (Social Studies, English, Math, or Science)
  • Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities (if dual certified)
  • Multi-Subject Test: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12) (if dual certified)
  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)
  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test: Students with Disabilities
  • Multi-Subject Test: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12)
  • edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

Student Teaching Information

To be eligible for placement in student teaching, a student must have an overall grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in all Education courses. In addition, Adolescent Education majors need a concentration GPA of 3.0. This level must be attained one semester prior to the student-teaching placement.

The candidate must have successfully completed the education Field Period® requirements.

New York State Teacher Certification Results

Certification Exam Year Pass Rate Test Takers
Educating All Students (EAS) 2017-18 100% 8
Educating All Students (EAS) 2018-19 100% 7
Educating All Students (EAS) 2019-20 95% 20
Childhood Multi-Subject 2017-18 100% 15
Childhood Multi-Subject 2018-19 100% 12
Childhood Multi-Subject 2019-20 100% 35
Early Childhood Multi-Subject 2017-18 100% 10
Early Childhood Multi-Subject 2018-19 100% 6
Early Childhood Multi-Subject 2019-20 100% 25
Adolescent Multi-Subject 2017-18 100% 7
Adolescent Multi-Subject 2018-19 100% 12
Adolescent Multi-Subject 2019-20 100% 26
Students with Disabilities (SWD) 2017-18 100% 7
Students with Disabilities (SWD) 2018-19 100% 3
Students with Disabilities (SWD) 2019-20 100% 8

Keuka College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The programs listed below have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2028. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

AAQEP Annual Report for 2023

AAQEP-Accredited Programs at Keuka College:

  • B.S., Unified Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2) or Unified Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • B.A., Adolescent Biology, English, Mathematics, or Social Studies (Grades 7-12), with option to add Special Education
  • B.S., Adolescent Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12), with emphasis in English or Social Studies
  • M.S., Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12)

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