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Elementary and Secondary Education

This master’s degree program is offered on the Niagara University main campus in the U.S. (near Niagara Falls, NY). It is designed for New York state candidates who wish to become a certified teacher in New York. For Ontario students, this program leads to dual certification, allowing you to teach in both New York state and Ontario. This 39-credit hour program leads to certification in Early Child and Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6/Primary-Junior) or Middle Childhood and Adolescence (Secondary: Grades 5-12/Intermediate-Senior)

Our master's degree is designed as a 3-semester program for full time study.  Students can begin their program in summer, spring or fall semesters. Coursework and field hours are completed during the first two semesters, and the final semester is student teaching and seminar.  This program also offers a part-time option.

Our Bachelor of Professional Studies Program is designed for Ontario students interested in obtaining certification to teach only in Ontario

For curriculum guide:

Early Childhood and Childhood (Birth to Grade 6 - NYS; Primary/Junior - Ontario)

Middle Childhood and Adolescence  (Grades 5 to 12 - NYS; Intermediate/Senior - Ontario)

For program outline, see the Graduate Education Catalog

*For students seeking teacher certification in other countries, including Canada, bridge courses are available as part of your program. Please see your advisor/department chair for additional information.

Learn and Earn Opportunity

Thanks to exclusive agreements we have in place with local school districts, you can even get paid while completing your field experiences. With the One-Year Teaching Program, you'll become a certified elementary or secondary teacher in just three semesters!

  • To qualify, you simply need a bachelor's degree in any field of study
  • We'll personalize your program to fit the specific demands of your life
  • Take classes on the weekend, in the evenings, and even online
  • Get paid for doing real-world classroom work as part of your one-year program

Program Highlights

  • Two-day-a-week program for fall and spring
  • State-of-the-art education building with cutting-edge instructional technology
  • Model pre-K through 12 classrooms
  • Cohort-based learning community
  • Small class sizes, which equals personal contact and attention from professors
  • Recognized, accredited and award-winning programs
  • Long-educational tradition and ties with Ontario and New York state
  • Substantial field experience
  • Expert and engaged faculty
  • Outstanding career placement
  • Full-time and part-time options available

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