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

Suriel ’20 Explores Bilingual Education

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

Tatiana Suriel 4During her final semester at HWS, Tatianna Suriel ’20 embarked on a project to highlight the value of bilingual education and ways to improve outcomes and opportunities for students. Suriel,…

Virtual Conversation with Author Carrie Firestone ’92

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

Carrie Firestone Virtual TalkWriter, teacher and community builder Carrie Lenarcic Firestone ’92 will lead a virtual author talk for the Hobart and William Smith community on Thursday, July 16. A general writing discussion…

Herons Named Scholar-Athletes

Tue, 07 Jul 2020

WS Rowing-1047Full SizeSix members of the William Smith College rowing team were recently named Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. It’s the most Herons honored by the CRCA since six were…

Kaenzig on “Unleashing Our Inner Introverts”

Thu, 18 Jun 2020

Kaenzig_1In a Calgary Herald article this month, William Smith Dean Lisa Kaenzig P’22, an expert on topics in pedagogy and introversion, explains how the lockdown restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic are…

HWS Alums Awarded Excellence in Education Awards

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

success-charter-schoolEducators Alta Markley ’17 and Alexandra Belden ’15 have received the Success Academy’s Excellence in Education Awards for their work as teachers with the charter school network. Markley, a First…

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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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