Tuition, Fees, and Graduate Assistantships

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: Ithaca College offers affordable tuition for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the teaching profession.

Room and Board: No on-campus housing is available for graduate students, but there are apartments and rooms to rent in Ithaca neighborhoods and in the surrounding area. The Ithaca College Dining Services offers a variety of campus meal plans for off-campus residents.

New York State Certification Fees: Initial certification as a teacher in the state of New York requires passing scores on four certification exams. Fees for these exams total approximately $700; specific information about exam costs is available on the state's teacher certification exam site. The application for certification in New York costs $40.

Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships in Education are available on a limited and competitive basis. Assistantships are awarded to candidates with strong academic records and the ability to assist program-area faculty with research and development efforts, especially those connected with our school and community partnerships. Assistantships provide approximately 12-15 credits of tuition support (non-taxable) and require 4-8 hours of work (taxable) per week. Applications for Graduate Assistantships are an optional component of the regular application process for admission; one additional letter of recommendation is required.

Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarships
The Ithaca College Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship program encourages talented science and mathematics majors to pursue careers in high-needs middle and secondary schools. This competitive program offers scholarships to students during the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) graduate program year, followed by intensive support/mentoring during the first years of teaching in a high-needs school district. Learn more about this program at the IC-Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program webpage.

Math and Science Teaching Initiatives
New York State has just approved a new Math & Science Teaching Incentive Program, which will provide grants to help eligible students pay for tuition costs. Full-time students matriculating in an approved undergraduate or graduate program that leads to a math or science teaching career in secondary education are eligible to apply. Recipients must agree to work for five years as a secondary math or science teacher. For more information about the program, how to apply, and qualifications, please see NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships.

Other Financial Aid Possibilities
The Financial Aid Office at Ithaca College can provide information about financial aid for graduate students.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is available through Ithaca College for the full year (September-August). There is no coverage for summer only, nor is there coverage for dependents.

Graduate students in education enjoy small classes
Graduate Assistants and Noyce Scholars

Meet a few of our 2014-2015 Graduate Assistants:

  • Taylor Braggins - GA supporting the First-Year Seminars at IC
  • Caity Etri - GA working with the Sciencenter in the city of Ithaca
  • Katherine Figueroa - GA collaborating on community projects with an Education Dept faculty member
  • Omar Gonzalez - GA serving as a research assistant for a Childhood Ed faculty member
  • Christopher MacNamara - GA working with a Spanish professor in the Dept of Modern Language

Meet some of our 2014-2015 Noyce Scholars:

  • Jon Clark plans to teach biology in a high-needs secondary school after he graduates from the M.A.T. program
  • Nikki Deiseroth is a teacher candidate in mathematics who plans to teach in a high-needs district
  • Mariel Schneggenburger will teach mathematics in a high-needs middle or high school