Education (BA, BS)
Teachers positively and significantly impact the lives of many young learners. If you want to change lives, a degree in education will open doors to opportunities to shape the next generation.
Why Study Education at Iona?
Our program will develop your joy in lifelong learning, so you can pass that joy onto students.
You will learn from dedicated faculty who have first-hand experience as teachers, principals, and school superintendents. They will become your mentors, field placement supervisors, career advisers and advocates as they help you move successfully from our campus to a classroom of your own.
You will be on a timely path to teaching with field placement opportunities within your first two years.
In each of our concentrated degrees, you will focus on a specific age group or subject area to teach.
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.
Adolescence Education: Target your career to educating grades 7-12 in a specific subject area, choosing from Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Spanish.
What You'll Learn
You will gain an understanding of how students learn, and you will develop the skills and experience to teach children and young adults in diverse settings.
You will learn the practical skills of setting up and managing a classroom, developing and presenting effective lesson plans.
Unique Elements of Program
- Three areas of concentration: Childhood Education; Childhood/Early Childhood Education; Adolescence Education
Preparation for Certification
Our New York State Approved Teacher Preparation Programs will prepare you to apply for initial or additional state certification upon degree completion.
Beginning sophomore year, you will spend time observing and participating in classrooms of local schools, completing two intensive fieldwork experiences prior to student teaching and preparing you for that experience.
Iona’s faculty and alumni have developed strong partnerships with area schools, which allows us to place you in a variety of practicum experiences!
Iona College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Our programs are working toward accreditation under the AAQEP standards.
Since I want to be a teacher, I love to help other people, especially when they're struggling in a class. I love watching the skills click. I ask a lot of questions [as a peer tutor on campus] to help the students reach the answer on their own.
Willow Lopez-Silvers '21
Careers & Outcomes
Spread knowledge and prepare our future world leaders with the fundamentals they need to succeed. The demand for highly skilled educators is expected to continue growing over the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Graduates with an Education degree have found careers as a:
- Education Coordinator
- Guidance Counselor
- Child Life Specialist