Teach a student. Inspire a classroom. Move the world.

Teachers change lives, one child, one classroom, one school at a time. If you have always dreamed of teaching, the Iona Education Department is the place to start. We believe that becoming a teacher and professional educator is a lifelong journey of learning and caring––and we invite you to begin that journey with us.
All of Iona’s graduate and undergraduate education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), ensuring that our curriculum and our faculty will prepare you for success in today’s classrooms. Our highly qualified faculty includes professors with experience as teachers, principals, and school superintendents. They will become your mentors, field placement supervisors, career advisors, and advocates as they help you move from our campus to a classroom of your own.
Our goal is to prepare a new generation of knowledgeable teachers who consider the whole child in instructional planning and teaching. Our teacher candidates are:
  • Committed to the service of others as the fundamental condition of educational practice, and to social justice as its guiding principle
  • Directed by the needs of diverse communities of learners and the belief that every child can learn
  • Motivated to excel as lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers as well as leaders in their classrooms and communities

From campus to classroom in just two semesters

If you are eager to get in front of students in the classroom you won’t be disappointed! We focus on integrating theory and practice by providing field placement opportunities within the first two years.
  • Beginning sophomore year, you will spend time observing and participating in classrooms of local schools
  • You will complete two intensive fieldwork experiences prior to your student teaching
  • Iona’s Center for Educational Excellence and Innovation provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty on projects at public and private schools; depending on the commitment, you may be paid a stipend for your work
  • Graduate students studying Special Education have an opportunity to mentor special needs students at public schools in New Rochelle
The many opportunities to perfect your teaching skills before your practicum contribute significantly to Iona’s impressive job placement rate, which is among the highest of all schools in the area.

The world needs you

Over the next decade, our country may need as many as 2.7 million new teachers, making this the ideal time to pursue your degree. Iona graduates are in high demand and are regularly offered teaching positions in the NYC metropolitan area and beyond.
With small classroom sizes, supportive and experienced professors, and an outstanding reputation for excellence in teacher preparation, Iona’s Department of Education offers you a rewarding and timely path to teaching––a profession that can move the world.

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Student Success

Michael Carpentieri graduated with a MSEd in special education and literacy ready to make a difference in the lives of young children. Today, as an elementary school teacher, he draws on the skills and hands-on experience he gained through Iona’s highly recognized education program.

Mike Carpentieri ’10 MST, ’13 MSEd

Special Education and Literacy

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Student Success

Iona has provided me with a strong foundation as both a student and future educator. I am proud and confident to enter the workforce due to the committed and continuous support of the faculty and fellow Gaels, and the many opportunities Iona has provided me with.

Elizabeth Nash ’13, ’15MS

BA, Adolescence Education MS, Education in Special Education and Literacy

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NCATE Accreditation

The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education has granted full accreditation to Iona College's graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs.