Dept. of Education
Merritt Hall
Geneva, NY 14456
P: (315) 781-3638


The Education Department prepares scholar activists to develop as researchers and practitioners of education across a variety of settings. Offerings include a major and two minors, as well as 15 NYS-registered teacher certification programs in elementary education and teaching students with disabilities (grades 1-6), in most secondary school subjects (grades 7-12), and in music, art, and TESOL (grades preK-12).

Student Profile: Bliss Doney '22

Dance and Education Double Major, Child Advocacy Minor

Bliss Doney '22

"Continuously applying my knowledge firsthand has made my experience at HWS so much more meaningful. During my sophomore year, I took my first education class that required me to go to a local school every week to immerse myself in the real-life experience of being an educator. The Colleges’ Education Department has opened my eyes to opportunities that I never thought would be possible."

Meet Our Faculty

The education faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From digital literacy to neurodiversity, teacher education to language acquisition, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Education News

Widing ’22 Earns Research Scholarship to Germany

Tue, 11 May 2021

Widing and Elana Stennett in lab KColtonWith the support of a prestigious scholarship, Charlie Widing ’22 will research water purification techniques at the Technological University of Berlin this summer. Charlie Widing ’22, who has been studying…

Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 Earns Fulbright (Again)

Wed, 05 May 2021

Taylor Brandi KColton-0071Brandi Taylor ’19, MAT ’21 is the recipient of a 2021 U.S. Student Fulbright Award to Kenya, following a 2020 award cut short due to COVID-19. With the support of…

Celebrating Teachers who Touch the Future

Fri, 30 Apr 2021

Falk, Padilla, Hylkema 2HWS honors the educators who prepared graduates for future success. Each year during the Commencement ceremony, Hobart and William Smith celebrate the educators from elementary, middle or high school who…

New Student Trustees Elected

Tue, 06 Apr 2021

Student Trustees AFarid 0191Zaheer Bowen ‘23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to become voting members of the Board of Trustees. Zaheer Bowen ’23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have…

MaKinster Named Associate Provost

Thu, 01 Apr 2021

Approved MaKinster Jamie  portrait KColton-0028Professor of Education Jamie MaKinster will administer a wide range of programs shaping campus operations and the academic and curricular focus of the institution. Beginning July 1, Professor of Education…

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Sample Courses

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Children with Disabilities
The intent of this course is for students to develop a thorough understanding of and sensitivity to children and youth who experience disabilities. The course examines the following questions: How does society determine who is considered disabled? What impact does labeling have on children's lives? How special is special education? What are the various disabilities children may experience? How do we create more inclusive communities for children with disabilities?

Spotlight: Recent Grads

Recent Grad

Sasha Carey '18, MAT '19

Current Position: English Teaching Assistant; Fulbright Award Recipient

Current Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

"I have wanted to be a teacher since I was nine years old, so the thought of being able to join a Teacher Education Program that would allow me to be in a classroom starting in my sophomore year was a dream come true."

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