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Preparation for Teacher Certification

The teacher preparation programs in the Department of Education reflect the philosophy that schools can be sites of social change where students are given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential as individuals and community members. Vassar students who are preparing to teach work within a strong interdisciplinary framework of professional methods and a balanced course of study in a selected field of concentration leading to the degree of bachelor of arts. In addition to a degree in an academic discipline, they may also earn initial New York State certification at the childhood and adolescent levels. The certification is reciprocal in most other states.

Consistent with New York State requirements, the certification programs are based upon demonstration of competency in both academic and field settings. It is advisable that students planning to obtain childhood or adolescent certification consult with the Education Department during their first year.

For a full statement of the certification requirements and recommended sequences of study, please see the “Department of Education” section of the catalogue and the Education Department website. Enrollment in the courses listed is not limited to those seeking certification.

Vassar also offers a major and correlate in Educational Studies and several study away opportunities. Please see “Education” in the section on Departments of Instruction, later in this handbook, for more information.