Teacher Education Programs

The Teacher Education Program at Marist College prepared me not only to be a great teacher but a lifelong learner. The professors in the Marist College Education Program are amazing; they not only modeled great teaching, but provided me with many opportunities to practice being a reflective educator. The faculty challenged me while still being very warm-hearted and caring. I am ready to face the challenges in teaching that I may encounter thanks to Marist!   

Jamison Mahar
December 2015 graduate of the Psychology/Special Education program

(Note: Those pursuing a certificate to become a teacher are called candidates.)

The teacher education programs are designed to develop candidates who are reflective professionals. The programs of study integrate a strong liberal arts foundation with research-validated pedagogical knowledge. As members of a community of learners, candidates are expected to master the personal and professional knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach and assess K -12 students within the full range of individual abilities, to evaluate and improve teaching, to develop creative standards-based curricula, and to contribute as effective teachers and leaders in their schools and communities. The role of research and technology and the importance of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and multicultural and global perspectives are emphasized.

General Description and Requirements

Marist College offers New York State approved and registered undergraduate programs leading to initial certification in the following fields and continues to update programs to maintain compliance with New York State teacher education requirements:

Childhood Education 1-6 and Childhood Education/Special Education 1-6 (dual certification only). The program of study leading to dual certification, Childhood Education (1-6) and Childhood Education/Special Education (1-6), prepares graduates to teach in the general childhood education classrooms and in a variety of settings serving K-12 students with special educational needs. All dual certification candidates are psychology majors. The psychology major provides a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and specifically emphasizes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of children for successful learning in grades 1 through 6. 

Certain candidates who fulfill the requirements may also choose to seek acceptance into the 5-year BA/MA in Educational Psychology Program, resulting in dual certification at the BA level and the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology.  Contact the Program Director for Graduate Studies, Dr. Zsuzsanna Szabo (Zsuzsanna.Szabo@marist.edu).

The programs of study in Adolescence Education (7-12) integrate teacher preparation with an academic major in the secondary-school subject area. Contact the Associate Dean of Teacher Education or the Coordinator of Adolescence Education for information.

To meet the remaining requirements for initial certification in New York State, all teaching candidates must pass qualifying New York State examinations and also meet a foreign-language requirement.

Candidate Calendar of Important Dates and Events Spring 2016 PDF

Professional Education Unit Conceptual Framework PDF icon

Professional Education Unit Goals PDF icon

Professional Education Unit Initial Teaching Standards/Proficiencies PDF icon
(Middle States Student Learning Outcomes.)

Educator Preparation Candidate Performance Data: Childhood PDF

Educator Preparation Candidate Performance Data: Adolescence PDF

The Professional Education Unit at Marist College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org.  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Marist College located in Poughkeepsie, New York.  However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.