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Realize Your Purpose

The College of Education at Niagara University prepares both graduate and undergraduate students to make a difference for children, youth, and families. Whether your journey leads you to become a teacher, an education leader, a behavior analyst, or a school counselor, the College of Education aims to ensure you develop the skills needed to have a positive impact. We develop skilled, ethical professional who advocate for positive change by learning, leading, and serving all members of society.

College of Education by the Numbers

When you enroll in the College of Education, the numbers add up to the right program options, the right opportunities, and the right training for future success!


The Right Options


education programs available

The Right Opportunities


of NYS teachers will qualify for retirement in the next 5 years

The Right Outcomes


of NU's recent alumni are rated effective / highly effective in first year evaluations

Undergraduate Programs

Explore our wide range of bachelors degree programs within the College of Education.

Graduate Programs

Our broad range of graduate programs in education includes advanced certificates, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Developing Exceptional K-12 Educators

We are committed to fostering the development of teachers who can meaningfully and effectively meet the diverse needs of today’s K-12 students. Students in our programs consistently exceed New York state requirements for teacher certification. Performance on these exams is just one way we evaluate our success in preparing students for their futures as exceptional educators. Our graduates see high certification and employment rates, and leave the program ready to enter the job market and begin their careers.

The Niagara Advantage: Real-World Experience

Our well-established partnerships with local schools allow students the opportunity for varied and numerous placements beginning their first semester. This means our students develop impressive instructional skills as they progress through their field experience and prepare for student teaching. Additionally, the Academic Complex features model classrooms, cutting-edge instructional technology, teaching labs, counseling observation rooms, and a family literacy center. Our students gain classroom experience from the very beginning – that’s the Niagara Advantage.

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Recognizing Excellence

The College of Education has two honor society chapters. Kappa Delta Pi provides fellowship for outstanding graduate students. Pi Lambda Theta recognizes the achievements of undergraduate education majors.

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Attend an Upcoming Event

Whether you’re an incoming undergrad or graduate student, we offer a number of events designed to answer your questions and inspire you to get excited about your future as a Purple Eagle!

Spring Open House

April 27, 2024 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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Graduate Information Sessions

Graduate College of Education offers information sessions to provide guidance for those who are interested in one of our programs.

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Dr. Garland receiving the Community Partner Award at the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY’s 36th Annual Development Disabilities Awareness Day conference on May 21, 2024

Dr. Dennis Garland Honored with Community Partner Award by Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY

May 29, 2024

Dr. Dennis Garland, associate professor of education at Niagara University, received the Community Partner Award at the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY’s 36th Annual Development Disabilities Awareness Day conference on May 21, 2024. The award recognizes an individual or group working in the community that has gone the “extra mile” to help enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Garland was honored for his work with the university’s Special Olympics: Coaching and Games Management course, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the colleges of Education and Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management

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Office Coordinator

Additional Contacts

Tasheena Brundidge
Administrative Assistant Teacher Education
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Tatjana Cownie
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator
School Counseling Field Placement Coordinator
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Leigh Dimao
Supervisor of Student Teachers
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Erika Edwards
Administrative Assistant Teacher Education
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Dr. Chandra J. Foote
Dean College of Education
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Danielle Jackson
Administrative Coordinator
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Molly McDermott, M.S., MHC-P
Graduate Assistant Dean, College of Education
School Psychology, Field Placement Coordinator
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
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Tracia L. McKissic
Director of Teacher Education Field Experience
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Delois Moore
Assessment Coordinator
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Maritza Mulready
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate
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Paula Prohaska
Graduate Education Intake Coordinator
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Halin Tavano
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

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