New York Teaching Degrees & Programs

There are at least a couple of reasons why aspiring teachers might want to study and teach in New York. Besides the opportunity to live in the “Big Apple“, students can choose from more than 100 colleges and universities, which offer almost any kind of teaching degree possible as well as licensure, specialization and certification programs.

Additionally, New York ranks 1st in the nation in terms of wages paid to elementary, middle school and secondary school teachers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual wages for elementary, middle school and secondary school teachers were $74,830, $75,470 and $76,680, respectively as of May 2014.

Listed below are some of the top colleges and universities in New York as well as a few of their programs.

Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in New York

College of Staten Island – CUNY offers bachelor degree programs in early childhood education (birth-2), childhood education (grades 1-6), adolescence education (7-12) and special education. These programs prepare students for certification in each particular area or grade level. Bachelor degree programs in adolescent education, childhood education and physical education are offered at Manhattan College.

MC also offers a dual childhood/special education program. MC offers students choices of various areas of concentration. New York University offers various bachelor and master degree programs. Baccalaureate studies can be found in special education, early childhood education, English education, math education and childhood education. NYU’s programs offer various concentrations and minors so students can customize their areas of study.

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Master’s in Education Degrees in New York

An abundance of master and graduate degree programs are available through the Curriculum & Instruction department at Adelphi University. Students can choose from adolescent (high school) education, childhood (elementary) education, early childhood education, mathematics education, special education and middle school education, among many others. Many of these majors also offer minors and concentration areas. While some of these programs may be actual master degrees, other may be graduate certifications that help the student earn additional certifications.

Additionally, some may be to obtain additional certifications, others may be for initial certification. College of Staten Island – CUNY offers Master of Science programs in childhood education, adolescence education, special education, special education adolescence generalist and teaching of English to speakers of other languages as well as concentrations. The adolescence education program offers concentrations in mathematics, English, biology or social studies. Master degree students must also complete research projects.

Fordham University also offers various master degree programs for those seeking initial certification or those pursuing additional certifications. They also offer dual-degree programs that allow a student to earn both a bachelor and master teaching degree in five years. Syracuse University, which offers several bachelor and master degree teaching programs, offers a 12-month master degree program.

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Online Teaching Degrees in New York

Various online teaching degree programs are offered through the State University of New York, whether you’re pursuing a bachelor degree, master degree or an advanced certificate. SUNY at Albany offers online master degree programs in curriculum development and instructional technology, childhood education, early childhood and reading. St. John’s University offers several master degree teaching programs. In addition to the many on-campus teaching programs, the Teachers College at Columbia University also offers online programs.

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New York Teacher Certification & Specializations

College of Staten Island – CUNY offers certification programs in childhood education, adolescence education, special education and TESOL. They also offer certification in specific subject areas for students that are already licensed teachers but wish to earn additional certifications to increase their value as teachers. Fordham University offers several dual-certification full- and part-time programs.

An example of this is the Master of Science in Teaching – Early Childhood Special Education program that provides certification as both an early childhood teacher and a teacher of students with disabilities in early childhood. Metropolitan College of New York also offers a dual childhood/special education certification program. New York University offers certification at several levels and in several fields.

All Accredited Teaching Schools in New York

Featured online teaching schools currently accepting applicants from New York
The following teaching degree programs are online, but are accepting applications from New York residents. We recommend that you contact 4 or more teaching programs to get more information on the multiple programs, then weigh your options and figure out which would be best for you.

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Campus based teaching schools in New York

Adelphi University

NCATE Accredited Institution

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Alfred University

TEAC Accredited


Alma, NY 

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Bank Street College of Education

NCATE Accredited Institution


New York, NY 

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Bard College

TEAC Accredited


New York, NY 

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Barnard College

TEAC Accredited


Saint Paul, NY 

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Boricua College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Canisius College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Cazenovia College

TEAC Accredited


Hackettstown, NY 

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Colgate University

TEAC Accredited


Cincinnati, NY 

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College of Mount Saint Vincent

TEAC Accredited


New Rochelle, NY 

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College of New Rochelle

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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College of Staten Island/CUNY

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Concordia College

NCATE Accredited Institution


Moorhead, NY 

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Daemen College

TEAC Accredited


SaintGeorge, NY 

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Dominican College

TEAC Accredited


Madison, NY 

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Dowling College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Elmira College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Empire State College – State University of New York

TEAC Accredited


Teaneck, NY 

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Five Towns College

NCATE Accredited Institution


Dix Hills, NY 

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Fordham University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Hartwick College

TEAC Accredited


Honolulu, NY 

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Hobart and William Smith College

TEAC Accredited


Hempstead, NY 

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Hofstra University

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Houghton College

TEAC Accredited


Aguadilla, NY 

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Hunter College of the City University of New York

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Iona College – New Rochelle

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Ithaca College

NCATE Accredited Institution


Ithaca, NY 

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Keuka College

TEAC Accredited


Painesville, NY 

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Le Moyne College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Lehman College-CUNY

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus

TEAC Accredited


Brookville, NY 

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Long Island University – C.W. Post Campus

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Long Island University Hudson

TEAC Accredited


Riverhead, NY 

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Long Island University Riverhead

TEAC Accredited


Pineville, NY 

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Manhattan College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Manhattanville College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Marist College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Medaille College

TEAC Accredited


East Lansing, NY 

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Medgar Evers College- CUNY

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Mercy College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Metropolitan College of New York

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Molloy College

NCATE Accredited Institution


Rockville Centre, NY 

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Mount Saint Mary College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Nazareth College of Rochester

TEAC Accredited


Jersey City, NY 

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New York City College of Technology

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

New York Institute of Technology

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

New York University

TEAC Accredited


Prescott Valley, NY 

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Niagara University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Nyack College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Pace University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Pratt Institute

TEAC Accredited


Princeton, NY 

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Queens College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Relay Graduate School of Education

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Roberts Wesleyan College

TEAC Accredited


Rochester, NY 

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Rochester Institute of Technology

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Saint Bonaventure University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Saint Thomas Aquinas College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Sarah Lawrence College

TEAC Accredited


Winchester, NY 

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School of Visual Arts

NCATE Accredited Institution


New York, NY 

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Siena College

NCATE Accredited Institution


Loudonville, NY 

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Skidmore College

TEAC Accredited


Cedar City, NY 

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St. Lawrence University

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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St. Francis College

TEAC Accredited


Jamaica Estates, NY 

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St. John Fisher College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

St. John’s University

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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St. Joseph’s College

TEAC Accredited


Washington, NY 

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State Univ of New York at Potsdam

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York at Fredonia

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York at Geneseo

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York at New Paltz

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York at Oswego

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York College at Brockport

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York College at Old Westbury

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

State University of New York College at Oneonta

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Stony Brook University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

SUNY at Albany

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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SUNY at Buffalo

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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SUNY Binghamton University

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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SUNY Buffalo State

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

TEAC Accredited


Philadelphia, NY 

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SUNY Cortland

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Syracuse University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Teachers College Columbia University

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

The City College of New York

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

The College of New Rochelle

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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The College of Saint Rose

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

The Sage Colleges

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Touro College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Union Graduate College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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University of Rochester

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Utica College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Vassar College

TEAC Accredited


Lexington, NY 

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Wagner College

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY 

Wells College

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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Yeshiva University

TEAC Accredited

NY 

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York College/CUNY

NCATE Accredited Institution

NY