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Marist’s teacher education programs are looking ahead – to your future and the future of teaching. As an Education student at Marist, you will not only develop your teaching skills and embark on a path toward earning your teaching certification, but you will also learn how to bring innovative and inclusive pedagogy into your classroom that promotes student success and the social good.



On September 26-28, Marist College will host an accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Quality Review Team is soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by Marist College. All comments must be submitted by August 29, 2023 through the AAQEP website: Submit Comment



Teach Education with foundations in diversity and inclusion...

Hear from one of our experienced faculty about how the Education program integrates culturally diverse and inclusive teaching as an essential part of the curriculum:

“The Marist Education Department prepares teacher candidates with theoretical approaches and concrete strategies to work with diverse learners and to construct inclusive classroom environments that honor and value students' individual identities.”

-Dr. Susan Chambre, Assistant Professor of Education

...taught by faculty in the field.

Our Education faculty are at the top of their field and have a diverse range of specialties. Our faculty is intentionally composed of professionals with a wide array of experiences, expertise, and training backgrounds, exposing our students to a variety of sub-disciplines both within and outside the Education degree. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all Education faculty >

Choose the Track That Works for You

Our teaching candidates have the opportunity to both diversify and specialize their learning experiences in a variety of ways. Pursue a path that is flexible yet specific to your interests and strengths by choosing between the Adolescence/Special Education or Childhood Education/Special Education tracks:

  • The Adolescence/Special Education track prepares our students for teaching grades 7-12. All students complete a five-year dual degree program which leads to a bachelor’s, master’s, and certification in your content area as well as Students with Disabilities.
  • The Childhood/Special Education track leads to dual certification in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities for grades 1-6. This program is "Nationally Recognized" by the Association of Childhood International (ACEI) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
  • The Birth through Grade 2 (B-2) certificate is an elective program which prepares candidates for certification in pre-school and kindergarten and may be added to our Childhood/Special Ed program.

Experiential Learning in the Classroom

From day one as a Marist Education student, you will engage in hands-on learning experiences, both in the classroom and in the field. With practicum experiences tied to nearly every course, students are often in the field, observing, teaching, and learning. For example, in the course "Principles of Instruction for Students with Disabilities" students learn basic coding skills to manipulate the movements of a smart robot, and more importantly, how something complex like this can be taught to students with disabilities.

Hands-on Experience in the Field of Education

Not only do our education students engage in hands-on experiences in the classroom, but they also receive opportunities in the field as undergraduates. Participate in altruistic organizations like Best Buddies, Teachers of Tomorrow, and even the Special Olympics to gain the cultural, community experience that we believe goes hand-in-hand with classroom Field Experience requirements. Take a culturally-responsive pedagogical trip to Hawaii, engage in a papermaking and bookbinding workshop, even study abroad to learn about teaching international students – the experiential learning you gain as a Marist Education student is designed to provide you with the skills to excel as an educator.

View Education Jobs and Summer Internships >

NYC Department of Education, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center, Teachers of Tomorrow, Arlington Public Schools
Best Friends, Special Olympics, Hudson Valley Behavioral Solutions, Fulbright

A Wide Range of Career Opportunities

While many of our teacher education candidates have some similar interests when it comes to the future of their careers, this does not mean that our Education program or the path to your success is one-size-fits-all. Just like the diversity of our programming options, career success with an Education degree from Marist can take many forms. Marist faculty and advisors will take you through our step-by-step College to Career process. These are only a few examples of career paths Marist students have achieved after receiving their Teacher Certification through Marist:

  • Elementary, Middle, or High School Teacher
  • Special Educator
  • Occupational Therapist
  • School Administrator
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Applied Behavioral Analyst
  • STEM Educator
  • School Psychologist

*above are possible examples of careers that students within Marist's Education program have explored. Many career paths require further education. 

Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed

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Engaging Teaching

Teacher candidates construct interesting and meaningful learning experiences at varying developmental levels.

Cultural Competence

Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.



Experience hones workplace demeanor and guides ethical decision making in employment settings.


Public Presentation

Students become engaging public speakers, able to read an audience and generate productive discussion.


Technological Skill

Students master the technology platforms that will support their success in any work environment.

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Scientific Reasoning

Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.

Marist equipped me with the leadership skills I needed through practical experience. The experiences I gained...helped me develop skills I have used throughout my entire professional life, including the importance of standing up for the most vulnerable in our community.

Andrew Paulsen

Sports Communication Major, Mathematics/Adolescent Education Major, Psychology Minor

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I chose to pursue my degree at Marist for two reasons. First, Marist offers the opportunity to become dual certified in both elementary and special education. Second, Marist offers the 5-year program where I could obtain my Master's in Educational Psychology in only one extra year after my undergraduate degree. It was an ideal scenario for me and my career.

Adriana Cella

Educational Psychology Dual Degree Program

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I am deeply committed to service and working with children. With my Marist experience, there are many paths I can take now and many doors that will open.

Daniel Knoll

History/Adolescent Education Major

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It was really appealing to be able to finish the Educational Psychology program after five years of college, rather than six or more years. It has been amazing having my cohort become my family and having that extra time to enjoy everything that makes this school so great: the river, the sunsets, and seeing familiar faces on campus daily.

Justine Carra

Educational Psychology Dual Degree Program

Read Justine's Story

This program has helped me to understand the whole child and apply this knowledge to my classroom daily. Each course I take at Marist has been directly applicable to what I am doing every day in the classroom, whether it be understanding assessment in a new way or viewing adolescents with a new light.

Micaela Ethier

Educational Psychology Dual Degree Program

Read Micaela's Story >

At Marist, I had the chance to go on a two-week extension program to Hawaii, which was offered through the Psychology/Special Education programs. This was by far one of the most amazing experiences I have had at Marist. During this program, I observed a number of classrooms and reflected on the various cultures found in the schools we visited.

Bryanna Benvenuti

Educational Psychology Dual Degree Program

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Ninety-nine percent of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences graduates are employed or attending graduate school within the first 6 months of graduation.
New York State is the highest paying state for teachers in the nation.
The Marist Education program offers 2 separate opportunities to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in less than five years.
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At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.


Of current students are satisfied with their Marist Experience


Graduation rate, higher than the average for public and private colleges


Employed or attending grad school 6 months after graduation

The Princeton Review

Top 50 "Colleges That Create Futures"

U.S. News & World Report

Top Regional Universities-North

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image of the AAQEP seal Marist 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, 2030. 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-Accredited Programs at Marist College
Childhood Education 1-6/Students with Disabilities
B-2 Certificate
Adolescence Education/Students with Disabilities in Eight Content Areas
MS in Education, Contemporary Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Arts in Teaching

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