The College of Education at Niagara University is dedicated to preparing the highest quality teachers, educational leaders, school and mental health counselors, and school psychologists; professionals who will make a difference for children, youth and their families.
- We do this with a commitment to serve those most in need.
- We do this by engaging learners in meaningful ways, using the knowledge and experience they bring as the core of instructional practice.
- We do this by continuously examining and implementing a wide-range of research-based practices to support learners.
- We do this by reflecting on our practice so as to assess progress and continuously improve.
Our dedicated and highly experienced faculty lead the way in their teaching, research and service to their respective professions. Our strong partnerships with the P-12 schools and community organizations transcend our work, providing many clinically-rich experiences for our candidates.
Niagara University's College of Education has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education since 1984. We are also the only university in New York to be accredited in both the United States and Canada.
State of the Art Facilities
The newly constructed College of Education building features model Pre-K-12 classrooms, cutting-edge instructional technology (such as SMART Board and interactive whiteboards), interactive teaching labs, and a literacy center. Coupled with a new teaching studio, teacher candidates will have multiple opportunities to develop their portfolios and instructional skills to the highest levels.
Students in our programs continue to exceed New York State requirements for teacher certification. As a college, we are committed to fostering the development of teachers who can meaningfully and effectively meet the diverse needs of today’s K-12 students. The performance of our students on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations is just one way we evaluate our success in preparing students toward this objective. Our students’ success in obtaining teaching certification coupled with a high employment rate, illustrate that our students are well-prepared to enter the job market, preparing for at least two certifications in just four years. Pre-admittance to graduate school is an additional opportunity for undergraduate students.
Well-established partnerships with our local schools result in varied and numerous placements that begin in the first college semester for all education students. Instructional skills become highly developed as teacher candidates progress through their field experiences in preparation for student teaching. Experience in school classrooms, starting freshman year, a distinct Niagara advantage.
A full array of easily accessible services are provided through our First-Year Experience program for education majors. We also provide certification processing and assistance, and the Office of Career Development offers job fairs, resume writing, and interview strategy sessions.