Earn your degree in education
Houghton's Education Program
Houghton College’s teacher education program has deep roots in the liberal arts and the Christian faith, and is committed to the highest professional standards in teacher education. A degree in education prepares teachers who are steeped in content areas and who are committed to serving the needs of diverse learners and communities. Our mission is to equip teachers for transformative learning and service.
Houghton’s education faculty is committed to integrating theory, practice, and the Christian faith in their teaching. All have earned graduate degrees in specific areas of specialization, and all have served as classroom teachers. This combination of experience, expertise, and a Christian worldview provides a classroom context that promotes the intellectual development and spiritual formation of students who graduate to serve as scholars and leaders in the world of education.
One Program, Five Strands
Education majors will complete one of five program strands: adolescence education, inclusive adolescence education, inclusive childhood education, TESOL, or music education. Students in each strand receive thorough preparation in educational theory and practice as well as intensive preparation in their chosen content area. All students participate in a variety of classroom experiences that place them in rural and urban schools, service learning, and solo teaching. Graduates of all program strands are well-prepared to meet the needs of diverse learners across a wide range of settings and are thoroughly prepared for graduate study.
Teacher certifications for adolescence education
Houghton alumni with a degree in education have a consistent record with 98 to 100 percent of graduates passing the New York State Teacher Certification Examination. Graduates can be found serving as pre-school, elementary and high school teachers, ESL teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists and school administrators.
Houghton College Highlights
- A dynamic community of Christians living, learning and experiencing life together
- A top nationally-ranked Christian college, as reported by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and the Princeton Review
- Academic programs in over 70 areas of study
- Study abroad opportunities around the world; over 50% of Houghton students study off-campus before they graduate
- Interdisciplinary honors programs
- Beautiful scenic campus in Western New York State