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School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
A Program for Education Leaders
Marist’s teacher education programs are looking ahead – to your future and the future of teaching. As an Education student at Marist, you will not only develop your teaching skills and embark on a path toward earning your teaching certification, but you will also learn how to bring innovative and inclusive pedagogy into your classroom that promotes student success and the social good.
...taught by faculty in the field.
Our Education faculty are at the top of their field and have a diverse range of specialties. Our faculty is intentionally composed of professionals with a wide array of experiences, expertise, and training backgrounds, exposing our students to a variety of sub-disciplines both within and outside the Education degree. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all Education faculty >
Dr. Chambre has taught for over a decade in urban and suburban elementary schools as a special education teacher, teacher-trainer, and literacy coach. Her research focuses on the effects of print exposure, specifically decoding, on early readers’ vocabulary learning.
Along with being the Assistant Dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Rinke also coordinates the Marist Center for Social Justice Research (MCSJR), which constructs collaborative teams of faculty, students, and community members to conduct research in support of the social good.
Hands-on Experience in the Field of Education
Not only do our education students engage in hands-on experiences in the classroom, but they also receive opportunities in the field as undergraduates. Participate in altruistic organizations like Best Buddies, Teachers of Tomorrow, and even the Special Olympics to gain the cultural, community experience that we believe goes hand-in-hand with classroom Field Experience requirements. Take a culturally-responsive pedagogical trip to Hawaii, engage in a papermaking and bookbinding workshop, even study abroad to learn about teaching international students – the experiential learning you gain as a Marist Education student is designed to provide you with the skills to excel as an educator.
A Wide Range of Career Opportunities
While many of our teacher education candidates have some similar interests when it comes to the future of their careers, this does not mean that our Education program or the path to your success is one-size-fits-all. Just like the diversity of our programming options, career success with an Education degree from Marist can take many forms. Marist faculty and advisors will take you through our step-by-step College to Career process. These are only a few examples of career paths Marist students have achieved after receiving their Teacher Certification through Marist:
• Elementary, Middle, or High School Teacher
• Speech/Language Pathologist
• Special Educator
• Applied Behavioral Analyst
• Occupational Therapist
• STEM Educator
• School Administrator
• School Psychologist
*above are possible examples of careers that students within Marist's Education program have explored. Many career paths require further education.
Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed
Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.
Experience hones workplace demeanor and guides ethical decision making in employment settings.
Students become engaging public speakers, able to read an audience and generate productive discussion.
Students master the technology platforms that will support their success in any work environment.
Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.
Marist equipped me with the leadership skills I needed through practical experience. The experiences I gained...helped me develop skills I have used throughout my entire professional life, including the importance of standing up for the most vulnerable in our community.
Sports Communication Major, Mathematics/Adolescent Education Major, Psychology MinorRead Andrew's Story >
I chose to pursue my degree at Marist for two reasons. First, Marist offers the opportunity to become dual certified in both elementary and special education. Second, Marist offers the 5-year program where I could obtain my Master's in Educational Psychology in only one extra year after my undergraduate degree. It was an ideal scenario for me and my career.
Educational Psychology Dual Degree ProgramRead Adrianna's Story >
I am deeply committed to service and working with children. With my Marist experience, there are many paths I can take now and many doors that will open.
History/Adolescent Education MajorRead Daniel's Story
It was really appealing to be able to finish the Educational Psychology program after five years of college, rather than six or more years. It has been amazing having my cohort become my family and having that extra time to enjoy everything that makes this school so great: the river, the sunsets, and seeing familiar faces on campus daily.
Educational Psychology Dual Degree ProgramRead Justine's Story >
This program has helped me to understand the whole child and apply this knowledge to my classroom daily. Each course I take at Marist has been directly applicable to what I am doing every day in the classroom, whether it be understanding assessment in a new way or viewing adolescents with a new light.
Educational Psychology Dual Degree ProgramRead Micaela's Story >
At Marist, I had the chance to go on a two-week extension program to Hawaii, which was offered through the Psychology/Special Education programs. This was by far one of the most amazing experiences I have had at Marist. During this program, I observed a number of classrooms and reflected on the various cultures found in the schools we visited.
Educational Psychology Dual Degree ProgramRead Bryanna's Story >
Marist Education by the Numbers
Ninety-nine percent of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences graduates are employed or attending graduate school within the first 6 months of graduation.
New York State is the highest paying state for teachers in the nation.
The Marist Education program offers 2 separate opportunities to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in less than five years.
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.