Education Major (BA/BS Degree)

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Why Education?

A Bachelor’s degree in Education opens the door to opportunities to shape the next generation and positively impact the lives of many young learners.

Turn Your Dream of Teaching into a Reality at Iona University 

Becoming a teacher and professional educator is a lifelong journey of learning and caring – and your journey starts here at Iona. A bachelor's degree from Iona University opens the door to opportunities to shape the next generation and positively impact the lives of young learners. 

In this video, associate professor Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D., goes in-depth as to why students who are passionate about education should study at Iona.  

Why Study Education at Iona?

At Iona University, our Education major provides a supportive environment to grow your skills for New York teacher certification and develop your joy of lifelong learning, so you can pass that joy on to students.

For your Bachelor’s in Education degree, you will focus your studies on a specific age group or subject area to teach. Depending on the concentration you select, you earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Education.

  • Childhood Education: Specialize in educating young minds in grades 1-6.
  • Childhood/Early Childhood Education: A dual certification that prepares you to work with diverse student populations from birth-grade 6.
  • Adolescent Education: Target your career to educating grades 7-12 in a specific subject area, choosing from Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Spanish.

Additionally, Iona Education majors have the option to combine their Bachelor’s degree with a Master of Science in Teaching, benefiting them in their future New York State Teacher Certification process.

The Iona University Education Department emphasizes the importance of experiential learning with fieldwork within your first two years, before you begin the final student teaching placement. Our comprehensive approach equips you to become an effective teacher; having experiences in a variety of classroom settings broadens your understanding of lesson planning and classroom management.

Majors in our Childhood Education and Childhood/Early Childhood Education programs also benefit from participation in Interprofessional Education (IPE), where Education students have the opportunity to learn about, from, and with students from across the disciplines at Iona that serve children and families (e.g., Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, etc.) so that they may work more effectively on interprofessional teams after graduation. Paid IPE Field Opportunities are also available so students may deepen their understanding of interprofessional work by trying it out in practice.

A Day in the Life of an Early Childhood Education Major

Join Ariana Rodriguez from the Class of 2024 as she shows you what it’s like to major in Early Childhood Education at Iona University. Ariana shares her experience as a student teacher and how much she loves being a member of the Iona Dance Team.


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Careers & Outcomes

With your Bachelor’s in Education, you are equipped with the tools to spread knowledge to young people and apply for Teacher Certification in New York. Society will always need people excited to become teachers, ready to prepare future leaders and thinkers with the fundamentals they need to succeed.

Graduates with an education degree have advanced their careers as a:

  • Teacher
  • Education Coordinator
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Principal
  • Superintendent

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

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Ariana Rodriguez

Student-teaching at Iona University has made me realize that being an educator is where I am meant to be.

-Ariana Rodriguez '24, Education major
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What You'll Learn

While earning your Bachelor’s degree in Education, you develop the skills and experience to teach children and young adults in diverse settings. Through your concentration, you can build expertise in a particular age group—Early Childhood, Childhood or Adolescent. In addition, the student teaching portion of the Education major solidifies the practical skills of managing a classroom, as well as developing and presenting effective lesson plans.

Your supportive Iona faculty generously share their first-hand expertise as teachers, principals and school superintendents, offering a broad view of the education field. As you move successfully from Iona’s campus to a classroom of your own, they become your mentors, field placement supervisors, career advisers and advocates.

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Unique Elements of the Program

Students can choose from three areas of concentration:

  1. Childhood Education
  2. Childhood/Early Childhood Education
  3. Adolescent Education
Robert Spino

I’ve gained so much teaching experience while still in college. Although this year was crazy with hybrid and at-home learning, I was able to develop a real connection with each student and provide a stress-free environment that enables learning.

Robert Spino ’21
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Undergraduate Education Program Highlights

New York Teacher Certification

Our New York State Approved Teacher Preparation Program prepares you to apply for initial N.Y. Teacher Certification upon completion of your Bachelor’s in Education degree.

Fieldwork Opportunities

Beginning sophomore year, Iona Education majors spend time observing and participating in classrooms of local schools. This allows you to complete two intensive fieldwork experiences prior to student teaching. Iona’s faculty and alumni have developed strong partnerships with area schools, allowing us to place you in a variety of practicum experiences.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Through Iona’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) program, you’ll gain the experience that will enable you to work confidently with cross-disciplinary teams to achieve better outcomes for children. 

Learn more about Iona’s Education major!

The Bachelor’s degree in Education at Iona University prepares you to excel as a classroom teacher and begin the New York Teacher Certification process. We offer concentrations in Adolescent and Childhood Education in various subject areas as well as a dual certification in Childhood/Early Childhood Education.

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