New York Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in New York is designed to assist aspiring teachers who are looking to work in the state’s educational system. The contents on this page provide valuable information on the various teaching degrees offered by several colleges and universities in the state. Teacher preparation programs prepare future teachers for a career in the classroom or are great options for experienced teachers who are pursuing advancement in an established teaching career. For useful information on teaching degrees in New York, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews of schools in the state. Whether you are applying to college for the first time or looking to advance your current career, this guide should help you find the right program for your individual needs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 131 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in New York.1
  • 23 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 81 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 87 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 28 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • 11 schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 12 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 13 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 87 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in New York

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

  • Vassar College (#16)
  • Columbia University (#24)
  • Cornell University (#29)
  • Barnard College (#42)
  • Colgate University (#57)
  • Binghamton University (#65)
  • Yeshiva University (#67)
  • Skidmore College (#93)
  • University of Rochester (#94)
  • Houghton College (#131)
  • SUNY Geneseo (#120)
  • Hunter College (#137)
  • Sarah Lawrence College (#138)
  • New York University (#143)
  • Stony Brook University (#147)
  • St. Lawrence University (#181)
  • Fordham University (#210)
  • Marist College (#218)
  • University at Buffalo (#235)
  • SUNY New Paltz (#240)
  • Queens College CUNY (#245)
  • SUNY Purchase College (#253)
  • Syracuse University (#255)
  • SUNY Oneonta (#267)
  • Clarkson University (#275)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (#285)
  • University at Albany (#288)
  • St. John Fisher College (#297)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020

  • Barnard College
  • City University of New York-CUNY Brooklyn College
  • City University of New York-CUNY Hunter College
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Elmira College
  • Nazareth College
  • New York University
  • Skidmore College
  • Wagner College

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • Columbia University (#7 tie)
  • New York University (#7 tie)
  • Fordham University (#39 tie)
  • Syracuse University (#61 tie)
  • University at Albany (#66 tie)
  • University at Buffalo (#88 tie)
  • Binghamton University (#127 tie)
  • St. John’s University (#134 tie)
  • Hofstra University (#151 tie)
  • D’Youville College (#195-258)
  • LIU Post (#195-258)
  • Manhattanville College (#195-258)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University at Albany (#8)
  • University at Buffalo (#25 tie)
  • Fordham University (#54 tie)
  • Stony Brook University (#54 tie)
  • New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury (#61 tie)
  • St. John’s University (#61 tie)
  • Hofstra University (#69 tie)
  • Canisius College (#105 tie)
  • Touro College (#139 tie)
  • Niagara University (#166 tie)
  • St. Bonaventure University (#214 tie)
  • Mercy College (#228-299)
  • Roberts Wesleyan College (#228-299)

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in New York according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the New York Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from US News as well as ratings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “–“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Adelphi UniversityYes37424695%$27,925
Alfred State CollegeYes$15,304
Alfred UniversityNo32%67%3195%$21,566
Bank Street College of EducationYes31114795%
Bard CollegeYes291796%$29,436
Barnard CollegeYes2410$23,736
Binghamton University, SUNYYes1004698%$16,775
Boricua CollegeYes1924681%$16,036
Canisius CollegeYes52%272137100%$20,592
Cazenovia CollegeYes511540%$17,614
Clarkson UniversityNo542495%$31,050
Colgate UniversityYes162$22,182
College at Brockport, SUNYYes29%83%39215590%$14,960
College of Mount St. VincentYes22%76%501687%$17,534
College of New RochelleYes32%28%1986073%$33,856
College of St. RoseYes58017793%$22,377
Columbia UniversityYes$32,380
Concordia College-New YorkYes2257083%$18,251
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeYes25%59%2,00561386%$4,144
CUNY City CollegeYes70%64%1,48835287%$4,164
CUNY College Staten IslandYes25418795%$6,319
CUNY Hunter CollegeYes99%99%1,96071995%$5,215
CUNY Lehman CollegeYes66%87%84919379%$2,939
CUNY Medgar Evers CollegeYes9%2971246%$6,357
CUNY New York City College of TechnologyYes12919
CUNY Queens CollegeNo15%23%1,79792990%$4,739
CUNY York CollegeYes4632660%$4,429
Daemen CollegeYes16%16%871684%$17,181
Dominican CollegeYes8%1533467%$19,982
D’Youville CollegeYes2725100%$19,780
Elmira CollegeYes86%54%733585%$27,268
Five Towns CollegeYes74%318$21,843
Fordham UniversityYes17312692%$38,503
Hartwick CollegeYes521483%$26,012
Hobart & William Smith CollegeYes54%25%7218100%$42,206
Hofstra UniversityYes46223290%$32,566
Houghton CollegeYes34%42%1032493%$19,437
Iona CollegeYes34%1064693%$27,000
Ithaca CollegeYes87%3567695%$34,791
Keuka CollegeYes16%7313100%$25,211
Le Moyne CollegeYes60%57%4446285%$24,146
Long Island University-BrentwoodNo1244
Long Island University-BrooklynYes2%993590%$28,868
Long Island University-Hudson at WestchesterYes1994989%
Long Island University-PostYes34%46%42426678%
Long Island University-RiverheadYes2%301591%
Manhattan CollegeYes49%49%2127285%$35,872
Manhattanville CollegeYes61%50116687%$23,680
Marist CollegeYes19%37%33211389%$36,576
Medaille CollegeYes15%10511487%$11,980
Mercy College-BronxYes1143868%
Mercy College-Dobbs FerryYes33913486%$16,246
Mercy College-ManhattanYes541095%
Mercy College-Yorktown HeightsYes471883%
Metropolitan College of New YorkYes141777%$20,943
Molloy CollegeYes25%65016093%$26,977
Mount Saint Mary CollegeYes25%42%25210784%$24,315
Nazareth CollegeYes33211293%$29,274
New York Institute of Technology-ManhattanYes4296%
New York Institute of Technology-Old WestburyYes891291%$23,300
New York UniversityYes68%61626697%$36,256
Niagara UniversityYes19%26%2499985%$18,768
Nyack CollegeYes322387%$21,073
Pace University-New YorkYes88%904360%$31,734
Pace University-PleasantvilleYes1174095%
Pratt InstituteYes901390%$43,068
Purchase College, SUNYNo$18,142
Relay Graduate School of EducationYes
Roberts Wesleyan CollegeYes66%2475692%$23,081
Rochester Institute of TechnologyYes201585%$31,376
Sage College of AlbanyYes6013$20,639
Sage College of TroyYes1773889%$20,639
Sarah Lawrence CollegeYes1311$39,371
Siena CollegeYes37%1693%$27,904
Skidmore CollegeYes4015$25,254
St. Bonaventure UniversityYes34%11431$22,409
St. Francis CollegeYes3%4%884670%$15,698
St. John Fisher CollegeYes57%30%1406596%$27,628
St. John’s UniversityYes21%37810389%$25,981
St. John’s University-ManhattanYes
St. John’s University-Staten IslandYes692479%
St. Joseph’s College-Long IslandYes842990%$17,945
St. Lawrence UniversityYes21%137$34,174
St. Thomas Aquinas CollegeYes14%1384890%$20,558
Stony Brook University (SUNY)Yes52%28010198%$14,330
SUNY Buffalo StateYes$12,594
SUNY College at CortlandYes34%44%1,37535191%$17,958
SUNY Empire State CollegeYes108$13,381
SUNY FredoniaYes93%86%68124292%$15,704
SUNY GeneseoYes89%74%54418894%$16,958
SUNY College at Old WestburyYes10%54%2748989%$10,742
SUNY College at OneontaYes86%94%757214$15,687
SUNY New PaltzYes95%34%55620894%$14,496
SUNY OswegoYes76%59%65420888%$16,315
SUNY PlattsburgYes2798190%$13,299
SUNY PotsdamYes23%52219488%$13,812
Syracuse UniversityYes47417693%$35,306
Touro College-Bay ShoreYes2309591%$22,326
Touro College-FlatbushYes77933278%$22,326
Touro College-ManhattanYes2,07690680%$22,326
University at Albany, SUNYYes673093%$16,100
University at Buffalo, SUNYYes1,13120880%$16,120
University of RochesterYes1484791%$37,064
Utica CollegeYes43%14%1223791%$21,166
Vassar CollegeYes1111100%$23,763
Wagner CollegeYes25%1153390%$30,119
Wells CollegeYes116$23,445
Yeshiva UniversityYes1415$31,873

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

New York University: New York University, or NYU, is among the most prestigious universities in the world. It is also home to the highly regarded Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. It is one of NYU’s largest schools and serves over 6400 students each year. Currently, the school is educating 2500 undergraduate students and 3,900 graduate students. More than 260 full-time faculty in 11 separate departments form the academic core of the School. NYU offers approximately twenty undergraduate programs in unique and engaging fields such as studio art, teacher education and more. The Steinhardt School is known for its unique and leading-edge programs that are the envy of other post-secondary institutions. The diverse environment of New York allows students to benefit from the fantastic partnerships the school is able to make with neighboring schools, educational organizations, and non-profits. Not only do NYU Education students receive tier one coursework, but they are also able to engage in learning experiences outside class that are second to none.

St. Johns University: St. Johns University is located in Queens, New York and enjoys a sound academic reputation built upon world-class faculty, groundbreaking research, and innovative instruction. St. Johns School of Education offers several iterations of the Bachelor of Science degree in education as well as graduate and doctoral degrees that are a great fit for students no matter where they are in their education or career. The St. Johns’ University School of Education engages students in dynamic learning experiences that shape their education and training as educators in an increasingly difficult educational system that continues to become more complex. The School of Education is home to several hundred St. Johns University students and is among the largest schools located on the Queen’s campus. Courses are also available to students in Manhattan, Staten Island, and online.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in New York

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Adelphi University
South Ave
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
(516) 877-3000

Adirondack Community College*
640 Bay Rd
Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 743-2200

Alfred University
One Saxon Dr
Alfred, NY 14802-1205
(607) 871-2111

Bank Street College of Education
610 W 112 St
New York, NY 10025
(212) 875-4400

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College*
199 Chambers St
New York, NY 10007-1097
(212) 220-8000

CUNY Bronx Community College*
W 181 St & University Ave
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5100

CUNY Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11210-2889
(718) 951-5000

Student Review: “I attended the training program for the New York City Teaching Fellows in the summer of 2005, to begin teaching that fall. They worked with a number of universities within the CUNY system, and my particular college where I took the courses was Brooklyn College. Part of the program was to do field work in a school within the city, chosen by the program. Overall, I found the program itself to be highly organized, and the staff to be friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. I found, however, that the program did not fully prepare you for the rigors of becoming a full-time teacher as advertised. As such, I am uncertain if this is because of the quality of the program or the nature of the job. I found (as did some of my colleagues) that NYC Teaching Fellows are not received well in some parts of the city, due to the abundance of people on staff that have traditionally obtained teaching degrees.” -Student at Brooklyn College

CUNY City College
160 Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031-9101
(212) 650-7000

Student Review: “I will share my thinking about the focus on teacher reflection in teacher education programs around the world. In doing so, I will reflect back on the last 30 or so years that I have been a university teacher educator, in terms of my reading of the international literature and on how I have observed the idea of teacher reflection being used in teacher education programs in the U.S. and in the many countries that I have had the privilege to visit. During my time as a teacher education student and as an elementary school teacher in the public schools in the USA, the emphasis was on preparing teachers to behave in certain ways (eg. asking certain kinds of questions) that were assumed to be effective in raising students’ standardized test scores. There was no research and no real discussion in teacher education about teacher thinking and with helping teachers understand the rationales underlying the use of different teaching strategies or with helping teachers learn how to exercise their judgment in the classroom to meet the constantly changing learning needs of their students. At the heart of CUNY’s mission rests its commitment to providing all New Yorkers with access to a rigorous undergraduate education and ensuring a successful, enriching academic experience.” -Student at CUNY

CUNY College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2000

CUNY Hostos Community College*
500 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 518-4444

CUNY Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4000

Student Review: “The teaching program was decent – it allowed me to accomplish my goal of receiving my masters degree while working full time, but I am skeptical that the actual coursework corresponded to the quality of teaching I executed in the classroom. I often felt I was completing busy work. This, of course, varied from professor to professor and course to course. The most frustrating thing was the way the teaching requirements for certification shifted while we were in the program, thus causing us to have to take (read: spend money on) additional certification tests and jump through requirement hoops in order to graduate. Overall, I was grateful to get my degree but I would not desire to go back.” -Student at CUNY Hunter College

CUNY Kingsborough Community College*
2001 Oriental Blvd
Brooklyn, NY 11235-2398
(718) 265-5343

CUNY LaGuardia Community College*
31-10 Thomson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 482-7200

CUNY Lehman College
Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 960-8000

CUNY Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225-2010
(718) 270-4900

CUNY New York City College of Technology
300 Jay St
Brooklyn, NY 11201-2983
(718) 260-5500

CUNY Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367-0904
(718) 997-5000

Student Review: “The Queens College teaching program is one of the best programs for education in the country. I am currently enrolled in the program and almost finished. I’ve taken a few education courses so far and I am so pleased with them. The professors are all trained well and reply to your emails very quickly. Their office hours are made for whenever you can attend. I really enjoyed observing classrooms and I loved how nice the other education majors were. The computer lab with free printing for education students is very nice. The one aspect of the program that I think should be improved is they should have more classes since some courses are very limited with the times the course can be taken.” -Michelle N., student at CUNY Queens College

CUNY Queensborough Community College*
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY 11364
(718) 631-6262

CUNY York College
94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11451
(718) 262-2000

Canisius College
2001 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
(716) 883-7000

Colgate University
13 Oak Dr
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398
(315) 228-1000

College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Ave
Bronx, NY 10471-1093
(718) 405-3200

Columbia University in the City of New York
116 St and Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-1754

Columbia-Greene Community College*
4400 Rte 23
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-4181

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2000

Student Review: “The teaching program at Cornell University was excellent – both in its academic challenges and its practical skill opportunities provided. The classroom courses were extremely valuable for they provided me with a solid foundation, not only for adolescent education but also for young adult education. The coursework was difficult but I was motivated by my professors to succeed. The one drawback to the classroom courses was their size. Certain required classes had over 200 students and therefore made it difficult to establish a connection with the professor. The most attractive characteristic of Cornell’s teaching program was the bountiful practical opportunities it provided. I was able to fulfill much of my time at a local pre-school and elementary school – and I had many options to chose from when deciding where to teach. Overall, the program is well designed and prepares its students exceptionally well for the post-graduate teaching world.” -Danielle S., student at Cornell University
Student Review: “Cornell University is located in the beautiful city of Ithaca. Surrounded by Cayuga Lake, a part of the finger lakes region, the campus stands tall atop a towering hill. With older, Gothic-style buildings mixed with more modern structures, the campus conveys a true “college campus” feel for its students. While I enjoyed the vast majority of my experience at Cornell, I found its large class sizes to be difficult at times. This made it difficult to establish a connection with the professor and intimidating at times to ask questions. The social life and extracurricular activities are plentiful and I made lifelong friends during my time there. I will always remember the fall when the entire campus is covered in leaves of countless shades and colors and the winters when all you can see is white snow and the campus turns into a ‘winter wonderland.’ Overall I cherish my time spent at Cornell and I will return many times in the future to relive my fond memories of my undergraduate education.” -Student at Cornell University

Corning Community College*
1 Academic Dr
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 962-9011

D’Youville College
320 Porter Ave
Buffalo, NY 14201-1084
(716) 829-8000

Daemen College
4380 Main St
Amherst, NY 14226-3592
(716) 839-3600

Dominican College of Blauvelt
470 Western Hwy
Orangeburg, NY 10962-1210
(845) 359-7800

Dutchess Community College*
53 Pendell Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1595
(845) 431-8000

Elmira College
One Park Pl
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 735-1800

Erie Community College*
121 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 842-2770

Finger Lakes Community College*
4355 Lake Shore Dr
Canandaigua, NY 14424-8395
(585) 394-3500

Five Towns College
305 North Service Rd
Dix Hills, NY 11746-5871
(631) 424-7000

Fordham University
441 E Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 817-1000

Student Review: “I had a wonderful experience at Fordham University’s teacher preparation program. Not only did we learn educational theory and applicable pedagogical methods but they also ensured that we met certification standards for our state. After beginning my first year teaching I have felt well prepared and qualified for my position, being relatively new to teaching. We also have an extensive network of alumni to connect with, which in many cases can help us find employment.” -Student at Fordham University

Fulton-Montgomery Community College*
2805 State Hwy 67
Johnstown, NY 12095-3790
(518) 762-4651

Genesee Community College*
One College Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 343-0055

Hartwick College
One Hartwick Drive
Oneonta, NY 13820-4020
(607) 431-4000

Herkimer County Community College*
100 Reservoir Rd
Herkimer, NY 13350-1598
(315) 866-0300

Hofstra University
100 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
(516) 463-6600

Student Review: “I enjoyed Hofstra’s music education program. I am almost finished and feel that it has prepared me for the outside world. They have brought in numerous groups and people that have enhanced my learning experience and brought real-world application. I’ve been able to network with local professionals that have helped me to gain ground in the music world. I’ve also made lifelong friends in the music field and the confidence to work with them in the future. The University also provides ample performance opportunities in top-notch ensembles. I’ve personally been involved in over 10 performing groups throughout my time in college. The university was also extremely helpful in the placement of classes and clear with what we needed to do. Overall I would attend Hofstra again.” -Richard C., student at Hofstra University

Houghton College
1 Willard Ave
Houghton, NY 14744
(585) 567-9200

Hudson Valley Community College*
80 Vandenburgh Ave
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 629-4822

Iona College
715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY 10801-1890
(914) 633-2000

Ithaca College
953 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3011

Jefferson Community College-Watertown*
1220 Coffeen St
Watertown, NY 13601-1897
(315) 786-2200

Keuka College
141 Central Ave
Keuka Park, NY 14478
(315) 279-5000

Long Island University-Brentwood
100 Second Ave
Brentwood, NY 11717-5300
(631) 273-5112

Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus
University Plz
Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372
(718) 488-1000

Long Island University-C W Post Campus
720 Northern Blvd
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
(516) 299-2900

Long Island University-Rockland Campus
70 Route 340
Orangeburg, NY 10962-2219
(845) 359-7200

Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase St
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 694-2200

Marist College
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000

Student Review: “I had an excellent experience in Marist’s teacher preparation program. As an Adolescent Education major, I had the unique opportunity to major in both education and my subject area, and I feel very prepared to teach English Language Arts. The curriculum was both challenging and authentic– the classes we take are aligned with the skills we will need in the classroom. The major assignments we completed were excellent work samples to bring on interviews and to demonstrate our philosophy of teaching. The professors in the department are easily accessible and get to know every teacher candidate well because of the small class sizes. Finally, I had an excellent student teaching experience in both a middle school and a high school near the college. Spending 7 weeks in both schools, and teaching two different units with different groups of students, was an excellent experience and helped me realize what grades I liked teaching the most! The only thing that I would improve would be that Adolescent Education majors do not take a Classroom Management class, which I feel would be so beneficial prior to student teaching and entering the profession.” -Student at Marist College

Medaille College
18 Agassiz Cir
Buffalo, NY 14214-2695
(716) 880-2000

Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(800) 637-2969

Molloy College
1000 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002
(516) 678-5000

Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800

Nazareth College
4245 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618-3790
(585) 389-2525

Student Review: “Nazareth has a small but pretty campus. However, due to the construction of new buildings and parking lots in more recent years, the campus has had more dusty/off-limit areas and trees are disappearing. The food service is not very good, choices are not usually good and the taste is often times less than satisfactory. There seems to be a problem with Internet speed all across the campus, both through Wifi and when plugged directly in. The faculty here, however, is the high point of the school. They are extremely well trained in their fields of teaching, and for the most part, are very good teachers, as well. They make sure students are ready for exams, and do their best to make class an enjoyable experience, as well.” -Elizabeth A., student at Nazareth College

New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury
Northern Blvd
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
(516) 686-7516

New York University
70 Washington Sq S
New York, NY 10012-1091
(212) 998-1212

Niagara County Community College*
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd
Sanborn, NY 14132
(716) 614-6222

Niagara University
Niagara University, NY 14109
(716) 285-1212

Student Review: “Attending Niagara University for teacher preparation was an experience which I would give mixed reviews. I enjoyed the fact that they kept our entire class of 40 students linked together in a cohort, as we were accelerating through our degree. This allowed me to link with the people who I knew I would work well with. I also liked the relatively small class sizes. The campus is beautiful and there is a lot to do. I also found tuition for this private institution to be reasonable. Unfortunately, because our program was different from the traditional teacher prep program, all of our instructors were contingent (adjunct) faculty and did not really have any stake in whether we were successful or not. They had very little actual interest in the campus; rather they were focused on the advancement of their own career. The assignments which they gave were mostly impractical and dealt with the theory of education, rather than providing real-world examples of how the theory would play out. The program also needed to do a better job at screening cooperating teachers for the 14-week student teaching placement. When I had a miserable cooperating teacher, who in my opinion was in it for her own personal gain, they did not respond with a new placement. Thus, I had to endure 7 weeks working with a woman who was verbally abusive to not only me but her students as well. I would recommend Niagara University’s teacher prep program only in a traditional program. One where the program is taught by full-time faculty, rather than contingent faculty. I would caution that anyone interested in attending this school be vigilant towards administration, so as not to have a bad experience.” -Student at Niagara University

Nyack College
1 South Blvd
Nyack, NY 10960-3698
(845) 358-1710

Orange County Community College*
115 South St
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 344-6222

Pace University-New York
1 Pace Plz
New York, NY 10038-1598
(212) 346-1200

Pratt Institute-Main
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 636-3600

Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Dr
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 594-6000

Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
(585) 475-2411

Student Review: “I found my experience at Rochester Institute of Technology to be academically stimulating and rewarding. I was able to develop close and collegial relationships with my professors, and particularly with my thesis adviser. The ability to take related courses in other disciplines was greatly beneficial in rounding out my education. One my favorite things about RIT is that the atmosphere is very down-to-earth and non-competitive. Outside of academics, the food is pretty good and the student-run radio station (WITR) is great. As far as dislikes, Rochester is a very snowy and cold place to live. If you can’t handle long winters, Rochester is not for you. RIT is also a dry campus, meaning that parties can be easily shut down if alcohol is present. Lastly, the immediate area around RIT is not that interesting, however, the city of Rochester does offer some wonderful arts and cultural events, as well as some great restaurants and bars.” -Anthony A., student at Rochester Institute of Technology

SUNY Albany
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
(518) 442-3300

Student Review: “The University at Albany’s teaching program has given me great opportunities to succeed. The courses here are fun, interesting and not too overwhelming. The professors are well trained in their respective fields and do a good job at teaching the material. I would recommend everyone to come here to the University at Albany because they make you feel at home here and take you in as one of their own. I currently am teaching a Calculus and Statistics class here and I must say I love it. The only thing negative part of the program is that my class schedule at times has been inconvenient for me.” -Jon K., student at SUNY at Albany

SUNY Binghamton
Vestal Pkwy E
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
(607) 777-2000

Student Review: “Overall, my education degree experience at Binghamton University was amazing! The professors were very supportive and always available via e-mail or phone to answer any questions we had. Furthermore, the assistants within the department were incredibly helpful. They were willing to spend hours answering any questions we had and helping us find what we needed. Our class sizes were small, which made us feel like a family and getting to know all of the professors made the experience much better. Some classes could be a little difficult, but as long as you put in the work and kept in communication with the professor, you were going to end up doing well in the course. The education program at Binghamton University was one of the best programs I encountered while in school. I would recommend them to anyone looking to get a degree in education in New York State!” -Student at SUNY Binghamton
Student Review: “The education/teacher program at Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton) is one of the best in the state. The professors and staff that work within the program are some of the most caring people I met on campus. They work hard to provide you with the best education and the best possibility of receiving a job after you graduate. I made a lot of friends within the program and still communicate with a lot of my professors and fellow students about how to implement certain aspects of the job. I would be happy to recommend this program and this school to anyone interested in becoming a teacher or getting a degree in education.” -Student at Binghamton University

SUNY Brockport
350 New Campus Dr
Brockport, NY 14420-2919
(716) 395-2211

Student Review: “The College at Brockport education program was a fantastic experience for me. The coursework was definitely rigorous, but I learned a ton that I am still using in my current teaching career. The professors and other support staff were certainly there for the student and not just the paycheck. They were relatable, kind, and exceptionally intelligent (Yale and Oxford educated). The professors were always available during their office hours during the week, to talk about coursework or just to talk. My classmates who I was tracked with throughout the program were a lot of fun and were informed individuals as well. The one facet of the Brockport Education Program that could be improved is the advertisement of it. I was delayed a semester for entering the program simply because of poor advisement, but also because there were no posters displaying information about it!” -Student at SUNY College at Brockport
Student Review: “Everything about Brockport was a positive experience for me. The teachers that I had were always willing to help and spend extra time outside of class to help you understand the material being taught in class. There were also so many opportunities for tutoring and people to go to if you needed extra help. There are so many places on campus to go to study and be in seclusion if needed in order to get the most out of your schoolwork. There is a large number of clubs and organizations to join and there is really a club for anyone and everyone. Everyone at Brockport was always very comforting and made the transition to college life very easy.” -Student at SUNY College at Brockport
Student Review: “The education/teacher program at Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton) is one of the best in the state. The professors and staff that work within the program are some of the most caring people I met on campus. They work hard to provide you with the best education and the best possibility of receiving a job after you graduate. I made a lot of friends within the program and still communicate with a lot of my professors and fellow students about how to implement certain aspects of the job. I would be happy to recommend this program and this school to anyone interested in becoming a teacher or getting a degree in education.” -Student at SUNY College at Brockport

SUNY Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 878-4000

Student Review: “My experience was that students moved through this program quickly. This was done by few class meetings, no assignments, and all classes consisting of open discussions. There were texts associated with the courses, but they were not consulted often, outside of the literacy courses. Overall this was a hands off, no rules program. Some courses never met and assignments were not assessed or discussed, simply filling gaps. At no time during the coursework, outside of the literacy course, did I feel I was being prepared to be an educator. If I were to alter this course I would look for more involved professors. I would also add more courses related to child psychology and classroom management skills and development.” -Student at SUNY Buffalo

SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY 13045-0900
(607) 753-2011

Student Review: “The education program at SUNY Cortland is unlike any other. The faculty treats each and every one of their students with respect and allow for the maximum amount of retention for everything they teach you in their programs. The faculty also is one of the most respected and well renown group of people on the east coast. I think my favorite part of the program was the fact that there were so many opportunities around the community and school to further my progress as a future educator and professional. Networking was also a great part of SUNY Cortland since the program has such an established name for itself that others know you are part of a unique group of professionals.” -Matt E., student at SUNY College at Cortland

SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Dr
Delhi, NY 13753
(800) 963-3544

Student Review: “SUNY Delhi offers a teacher transfer program that was very helpful early on in my career as a college student. When I first enrolled in school, I wanted to teach High School English. Many teacher education programs are spent doing general education courses for the first two semesters alongside many other liberal arts students. At SUNY Delhi, I was required to take two foundations of education courses and it was required of me to observe in a classroom that had students who were the age I wished to teach. This hands-on experience early in my college career really helped me to solidify the decision of whether or not I wanted to be a high school teacher.” -Student at State University of New York at Delhi

SUNY Fredonia
Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063-1136
(716) 673-3111

SUNY Geneseo
1 College Cir
Geneseo, NY 14454-1465
(585) 245-5211

SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Dr
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443
(845) 257-2121

SUNY Old Westbury
223 Store Hill Rd
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210
(516) 876-3000

SUNY Oneonta
Ravine Pkwy
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
(607) 436-3500

SUNY Oswego
7060 State Rte 104
Oswego, NY 13126
(315) 312-2500

SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681
(518) 564-2000

SUNY Potsdam
Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, NY 13676-2294
(315) 267-2000

Sage College of Albany
140 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 292-1717

Saint Bonaventure University
Route 417
Saint Bonaventure, NY 14778
(716) 375-2000

Saint John Fisher College
3690 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618-3597
(585) 385-8000

Saint Joseph’s College-Brooklyn
245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3688
(718) 636-6800

Saint Joseph’s College-Long Island
155 W Roe Blvd
Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 687-5100

Saint Thomas Aquinas College
125 Rte 340
Sparkill, NY 10976-1050
(845) 398-4000

Schenectady County Community College*
78 Washington Ave
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 381-1200

St. Francis College
180 Remsen St
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201-9902
(718) 522-2300

St. Johns University-New York
8000 Utopia Pky
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-6161

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632-6000

Student Review: “The teaching program at Stony Brook University was average. As a full-time teacher now for over 10 years, I have to say that the program did not fully prepare me for teaching in the “real world”. Much of the learning was from textbooks. The most valuable learning was creating lesson plans. The lesson plan format was actually carried over to the actual job. It was only when I began my student teaching portion of the program did I get the experience that I would later apply to the classroom. I wish that they would have had classes for example on classroom management, the hierarchy and roles of individuals in the system, and on tools to help you be more efficient in the classroom. Overall, It was not the best training that I could have had but it was sufficient enough to get me started.” -Rosemary B., student at Stony Brook University
Student Review: “Stony Brook University offers a great Masters in Education program. I had majored in English and wanted to pursue it. We had great teachers, but the workload was intense. There were some professors I felt that weren’t open enough to communication but there was one, Professor Lund, who was not only very approachable but gave awesome advice as well. I felt guided in the program and got loads of information on state testing and licensing as well. Although I had to start out non-matriculated at first, it was an easy transition into the program. We had lots of group work and were given assignments that would help us work on lesson plans for different types of students—disabled, or even English as Second Language students. I want to say that it took me about 2 years to finish the program, as I took about 4 classes (about 12-14 credits). During this time, I was also student teaching so that I was able to implement whatever I learned in my work. Since we have a coordinating teacher to report to, I rarely found myself in conflict with their plans, because of the way I was taught at Stony. They were very appreciative of my approach and understanding of how to teach different works of literature, working with analysis, poems, drama, Shakespeare, etc. Professor Lund was my supervising professor and she would come in once in a while to observe at the high school where I began my student teaching. All in all, my program at Stony Brook and my student teaching went hand-in-hand. Although the classes were demanding, there were very good professors who were willing to give realistic insight into their fields of teaching.” -Student at Stony Brook University

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-1100
(315) 443-1870

Teachers College at Columbia University
525 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3000

Student Review: “Teachers College, as part of Columbia University, has an Ivy-league reputation that can open many professional doors for those who complete their graduate teacher preparation program there. While the education building itself has the old-school feel of a high-tier school, the education itself is overpriced and far too theoretical to be as valuable as its hefty tuition price tag. While the faculty is committed to the field, this commitment is most often expressed through extensive and meticulous research. This wealth of academic research, while it brings recognition to the college, but it doesn’t often translate into real-world applications for students beginning their education careers. The focus and structure of the education programs need more application and real-world, hands-on education opportunities to truly prepare students.” -Student at Teachers College at Columbia University

The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Pl
New Rochelle, NY 10805-2339
(914) 632-5300

The College of Saint Rose
432 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203-1490
(518) 454-5111

Student Review: “My educational experience at St. Rose still resonantes as one of the most profound of my life. I was held to a much higher standard and of education than most programs offer. I engaged in excellent pedagogical discourse with professors who engaged me in learning not only the curriculum but to participate in it. The professors were analytical, thought-provoking and strove to maintain high standards in the classroom, which in turn influenced me to work as hard for them as they did for me. I was provided with rich data-driven instruction promoted by differentiated learning styles. Professors actually walked the talk of the educational swinging pendulum and implemented diverse methods into the classroom to engage student learning. In sum, it was the best educational experience of my life.” -Andrea V., student at The College of Saint Rose

Ulster County Community College*
491 Cottekill Rd
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-5000

University at Buffalo
3435 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 645-2000

University of Rochester
240 Wallis Hall
Rochester, NY 14627-0011
(585) 275-2121

Utica College
1600 Burrstone Rd
Utica, NY 13502-4892
(315) 792-3111

Wagner College
One Campus Rd
Staten Island, NY 10301-4495
(718) 390-3100

Westchester Community College*
75 Grasslands Rd
Valhalla, NY 10595
(914) 606-6600

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

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