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Freshman Information

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." - Japanese proverb

Iona College’s Education Department provides nationally accredited programs leading to New York State certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) in Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Spanish. (Students interested in our 4+1 in Chemistry should begin at the Chemistry Department website). Students begin working with students in their first year and continue working in P-12 classrooms, with increased responsibility, through student teaching. Please take time to read our student success stories to see why our program is a great place to start your teaching journey.

The Education Department application process begins in your sophomore year. Below is information for our programs to help you plan your first year as you get ready to apply.

Planning Your Freshman Year

In your freshman year, you should be taking College Core classes and enroll in EDU 201 in the spring semester. All students (even childhood) will need at least 30 credits of upper level content area courses from the following: Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Spanish. You should consult these departments for the best way to sequence these courses.

In order to fulfill state requirements, all students will need CS 140 or CS 201, SCS 101, two semesters of one foreign language, two semesters of mathematics and two semesters of lab science as part of the College Core or as liberal arts co-requisites.

See more information on the application process and certification.