The Education department prepares scholar activists in field such as social justice, teaching through drama, science education, mathematics education, literacy, and special education. The department’s New York State-registered programs lead to licensure for public school teaching in grades 1-6, in grades 1-6 for students with disabilities, in most secondary school subjects, and in art for grades K-12.

Student Profile: Gavin Flood '20

Educational Studies and Political Science Double Major, Teacher Certification Program

Gavin Flood '20

"My initial hesitation to enter the field of teaching quickly subsided after taking my first class in the Education Department. The field experiences offer students exposure to the real aspects of being a teacher. The supportive faculty helped me grow as a student and as a future educator. At a time when our national education system is evolving, I feel confident and grateful for the professors who guided me."

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

Associated Press Features Kaenzig’s Scholarship on Introverts and Extroverts

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

Kaenzig_1William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22, an expert on topics in pedagogy and introversion, was interviewed in an article by the Associated Press. The article, titled, “Extroverts (And Introverts, Too)…

Herold ’10 Establishes Patti + Ricky, a Functional Fashion Company

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

patti-and-ricky1-duWhen Alexandra Connell Herold ’10 thinks back on her time at HWS, she fondly recalls a community that ultimately led to her business helping people. Featured in more than 60…

Everson ’08 Offers Virtual Support for Families

Tue, 24 Mar 2020

Morgan-EversonCo-founded by Morgan Baird Everson ’08, the Coggeshall Club — one of the first licensed daycare centers in the United States to offer unlimited co-working and fitness to all member…

Six Members of HWS Faculty Earn Tenure

Thu, 12 Mar 2020

Martin-Baron MichelleAt its most recent meeting, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of President Joyce P. Jacobsen, approved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate…

Future Teachers Explore NYC Classrooms

Wed, 29 Jan 2020

New-York-City-Teacher-Education-Trip-Submitted-19-0024-00001A key component of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) is creating opportunities for future-teachers to enter the classroom. Over winter break, 10 TEP students visited schools in New York City…

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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