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Department of Education Certification

"As a piece of global feedback - I want you to know that all of the recent Marist graduates we interviewed were very well prepared in terms of both content knowledge and in their own capacity to reflect and think 'on their toes' about scenarios provided during the process. As a teacher, I know that these abilities are the direct function of the experiences you and your faculty provide."
~ Dr. Luke Forshaw, Principal, Ox Ridge Elementary School, Darien, CT

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.