Teacher Education in the School of Humanities and Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes your program special?

Many things! We have unique partnerships with schools in New York City's Harlem community, including a long-standing collaborative partnership with the Frederick Douglass Academy where our Adolescence and Agriculture Education students teach during IC's Fall Break. Our teacher education students have the opportunity to participate in workshops there, under the direction of College faculty, before their full semester of student teaching. This urban education experience is a highlight of our program, and students and faculty look forward to it each year.

At the undergraduate level, many of our students spend a semester studying abroad to enrich their education and meet new people. We work carefully with our students to help them plan the best time for their study abroad.

What will my course of studies look like?

In our undergraduate program, you will major in an academic discipline (i.e. English, social studies, biology) and also complete the core education requirements which lead to a full semester of student teaching in your senior year. Our graduate programs are intensive one-year programs: a summer, academic year, and summer. To apply for these programs you must have an undergraduate degree in an academic discipline.

Will I have opportunities to work in area schools before student teaching?

Yes! In fact, you will spend more than one hundred hours in fieldwork prior to your semester of student teaching. All of these hours are linked to specific courses you take as part of the core education requirements. There are opportunities to work at all levels: elementary, middle, and secondary.

When will the fieldwork begin?

Fieldwork begins with your first year of Education coursework and continues right through to a full semester of student teaching.

How big is the undergraduate teacher education program in Humanities and Sciences?

Our program has approximately 90 students enrolled, and our courses are small; courses in the Education Core are capped at 25 students. This means lots of individual attention from faculty and small class sizes in almost every education course. Our largest programs are in English, social studies, and mathematics, and we also have small, quality programs in the sciences, modern languages, and art.

Do you offer a master's degree in adolescence education?

Yes! Our Master of Arts in Teaching degree (M.A.T.) allows Ithaca College students to apply to attend IC for one additional year and graduate with a master's degree and a recommendation for teacher certification for grades 7-12 in a specific content area. It is also possible for those with an undergraduate degree from another institution to apply for admission to our M.A.T. Program. The M.A.T. Program is a one-year intensive program beginning in the summer each year and is under the direction of Dr. Peter Martin, Chair of Graduate Programs in Education. If you would like additional information about this program, please see the Graduate Studies website or email: gradedu@ithaca.edu.

Do you offer elementary education?

Yes! Ithaca College offers a graduate program in elementary education. As an undergraduate at Ithaca College, you can major in a subject in any of the humanities or sciences, and then apply to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Childhood Education for a fifth year of study at IC. You will also be able to start taking some education courses as an undergraduate, or perhaps you might decide to minor in Education. If you have an appropriate undergraduate degree from another college, you can attend Ithaca College just for the graduate degree in childhood education. Information about this program is available at the Graduate Studies website. Dr. Peter Martin is also in charge of this program; you can contact him for more information at gradedu@ithaca.edu.

Can you tell me more about the new graduate program in Agriculture Education?

Ithaca College is pleased to be working in collaboration with Cornell University to offer a graduate program leading to initial certification in agriculture, K-12. The agriculture education graduate students join our other M.A.T. students in our 13-month, intensive program, which begins in late May each year. Graduate students in agriculture education study agriculture, animal science, plant science, and other related areas as undergraduates and then apply by February 15 to the M.A.T. program. Information about this program can be found on our graduate studies website or by contacting Dr. Peter Martin, Chair, Graduate Programs in Education, at IC.

Can I meet some of the students and faculty in your program?

Absolutely. You can make an appointment to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet faculty and students, and discuss our programs with Professor Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson, Chair, or Professor Peter Martin, Chair of Graduate Programs. Just call 607 274 3608 to set up an appointment. In the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to email Professor Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson or Professor Peter Martin.


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