Four Pathways to Becoming a Teacher

Challenge yourself in the Ithaca College education graduate program, designed to prepare academically talented liberal arts graduates for teaching careers.
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Train to be a
Culturally-Responsive Teacher
Begin your graduate study one summer and be fully eligible for graduation, initial certification, and a teaching position by the next summer.
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Our 13-month, full-time education graduate programs are designed for motivated people with a marked passion for learning and a strong commitment to making a difference in students’ lives. Our degree programs are a good fit for those who learn best with a combination of coursework and real-world experiences, where you have the chance to practice what you are learning in the classroom under the guidance of expert faculty. 

We emphasize transformative, culturally competent teaching that supports personal and academic achievement in all learners. Discover for yourself how equity and excellence in education are profoundly interconnected. Through specialized study, you will acquire the knowledge, competence, and the commitment you will need to serve an increasingly diverse student population in our nation’s schools. A culminating educational experience will be when you plan and conduct your own teacher inquiry research project to present at our annual conference.

A hallmark of your experience will be the interactions with actual elementary, middle, or high school students in classrooms. Using the best pedagogical practices, you will collaborate with faculty and future colleagues to hone your craft and connect theory with practice in public school classrooms. This will include opportunities to observe, tutor, team-teach, and teach in multiple and diverse settings.

You will graduate a reflective practitioner and action researcher in your own classrooms. We are immensely proud that our education graduates go on to contribute actively to school and community improvement efforts and take leadership roles in our nation’s schools.


Time to complete our graduate program and be eligible for initial NYS teaching certification

edTPA Pass Rate

New teacher performance assessment required for NYS teaching certification


Students employed upon graduation from one of our five M.A.T. or M.S. education programs

Apply Today

The application cycle for entry in 2024 is now open! Information on applying for your degree and how to complete your application is available hereApply by March 1 for scholarship consideration or May 1, the regular application deadline.

If you are not quite ready to begin graduate school, but would like to be notified when future enrollment cycles open, please complete our graduate interest form

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Peter Martin
Chair, Graduate Programs in Education
School of Humanities and Sciences
Ithaca College • Ithaca, New York 14850
Office: Phillips Hall Annex 194C