Teacher Preparation Programs in Elementary/Childhood The Warner School’s elementary teacher preparation programs prepare individuals interested in teaching elementary age students in New York State public schools and/or other contexts (such as charter schools and independent schools in the U.S., after-school programs and summer programs, or elementary schools in other countries). Our graduates become agents of change and promote high standards of teaching and learning among young students.
Children experience learning during their early years that shapes their views of themselves and the world around them—learning that can affect their later success in school, work, and their personal lives. Our programs prepare highly-qualified, dedicated teachers who play a key role during these formative years in determining the future of their students. They meet kids of all backgrounds where they are and support their success along the way.
Whether in private or public elementary schools across the world, or other informal learning settings, our graduates provide the tools and the environment for children to develop into responsible adults. Their students use various subjects, like math and literacy, as a way to make sense of the social and scientific world. And, their students bring rich and meaningful experiences to school that become valuable resources for curriculum development. Our graduate students learn how to develop appropriate curriculum and instructional strategies for meeting the diverse learning needs of all children. Throughout the program, they approach curricular and pedagogical decisions as thoughtful practitioners with knowledge of social, historical, cultural, and political contexts of schooling and curriculum.
Our graduates are critically reflective practitioners who are committed to social justice, equity, and school reform. They have a deep understanding of the subjects they teach and the skills and understanding of teaching, learning, and development needed to help all students develop their potential. We prepare elementary teachers who lead efforts to advocate for full inclusion for students with disabilities in general education classrooms as part of their efforts to reform schools. And, they keep learning organic and teaching creative in the face of increasing demands.
Depending on the context you would like to teach in, and the credentials you may have already obtained, you may choose among the program options described below to best meet your career goals and situation.
Non-certification program for elementary/childhood teachers: This program has been designed for individuals who are not interested in obtaining or eligible to obtain New York State (NYS) teaching certification – as they are planning to teach elementary age students (between the ages of 5 to 12) in international, private or charter schools, or other informal learning settings, such as camps, clubs, or after-school programs. As such, this option does not include field experiences or student teaching, and has more flexibility in terms of curriculum and electives.
- MS – Elementary Education (without NYS certification) (GA2) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/GA2
Programs leading to NYS certification in elementary/childhood: To teach in elementary public schools in New York State, you need to obtain initial teaching certification in childhood education (grades 1-6). Professional certification and a master’s degree are also eventually required. Our Warner elementary teacher preparation programs will provide you with all the coursework needed to apply for both NYS certifications. Provided you have the necessary content background, our program also allows you to pursue more than one certification at the same time and with minimal additional credits.
A key highlight of our elementary teacher preparation programs leading to NYS certification is how our faculty integrate urban education into the whole curriculum. We make it a part of every course so that students are equipped and prepared to work in all schools—particularly in some of our most underserved school districts where there is a shortage of high-quality and innovative teachers.
- MS - Elementary Education (TA3) https://www.warner.rochester.edu/programs/program/TA3
Teaching No doubt you had a teacher who took a genuine interest, who really opened your eyes to the possibilities. You can become that teacher: The one who creates a classroom where spirits soar and success is the expectation. At Warner, you’ll grow into a thoughtful practitioner with a deep understanding of your subject and the best way to teach it. You will develop an approach that is grounded in current research and authentic practices, that promotes social justice and supports students’ growth and development. And you’ll do it quicker. A teaching degree from the Warner School can be completed in just 15 months. (Most take two years.) Classes begin in May, right after graduation, and run through the following August. And since New York has some of the toughest certifications around, you can take what you’ve learned just about anywhere.
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