"Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression of pure energy." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If who we are tells something about where we have been, then how we teach tells something about where we want to go." -- Ushma Shah
The Ithaca College Education Department offers courses, programs, and experiences that explore and support a wide range of interests and professional pursuits in the field of education. We run undergraduate and graduate programs for students desiring teacher certification in childhood education (elementary education) and adolescence education (secondary education). If you want to be teacher, we're here to support your journey.
We believe that true excellence in education requires a commitment to equity and social justice. Thus, we strive to prepare creative, culturally competent, critically reflective graduates who possess deep knowledge in their fields of study and work collaboratively to achieve high quality education for all.
Maybe you've thought about teaching as a career. Maybe you enjoy working with youth. Maybe you would like to improve schools and society through the development of more effective education policy or the pursuit of legal cases to achieve greater equity and fairness in our educational system. If you want to make a difference in the world, you may find a home in our department.
Our students spend time in area public schools and community organizations assisting area teachers with classroom teaching, engaging in individual tutoring, and finding ways to be of service to (and learn with) students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. You might help run an afterschool homework club, support students for success in math or science, work with newly migrated students and their families, or assist with the AVID program at a local high school. Our students also have exciting opportunities to work and learn in our partner schools in Harlem/New York City.
In addition, our faculty often develop close mentoring relationships with students. Classes are small, so there is plenty of time for discussion, and when you work in classrooms, schools, and community agencies, our faculty will be there to provide guidance and support.
After graduation, our students work, teach, and pursue additional education near and far. Some of our graduates are hired to teach here in the region. Some move on to more urban areas and/or other parts of the country, and others teach abroad or go on to specialized graduate degree programs. Our graduates have entered a variety of professions including law, social work, school psychology, business, special education, documentary filmmaking, journalism, textbook publishing, and more. The world of education is an exciting and rewarding one, and we invite you to join us as you explore it.