Education Department

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 steeped in content areas and committed to serving the needs of diverse learners and communities. Our mission is to equip teachers for transformative learning and service.

Education majors will complete one of five program strands: adolescence education, inclusive adolescence education, inclusive childhood education, music education or TESOL. 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 individual student teaching placements.

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.

Houghton education alumni can be found teaching in a wide range of educational settings, both national and international. Houghton’s teacher education program is recognized by the New York State Education Department and is fully accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates desiring to teach outside of New York are certificate-ready due to reciprocity agreements with multiple other states.