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Undergraduate Education Programs

Become a Teacher in New York Your Way

What degree do you need to be a teacher in New York?
Manhattanville University offers two types of bachelor’s in education degree programs and several personalized pathways to Initial Teacher Certification in areas from early childhood to special education.

Completing one of our New York State-approved teacher preparation bachelor’s degree programs and receiving our institutional recommendation is the platform you need to pursue initial teaching certification and complete the requirements to become a licensed teacher in New York State.

Manhattanville offers exceptional undergraduate programs in teacher education, coupled with valuable student-teaching opportunities. With the guidance of expert faculty and partnerships with schools, you will be equipped for success in the field of education.

Explore our undergraduate education offerings and embark on your journey to make a difference in the lives of future learners.

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Why Pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching at Manhattanville?


Exceptional Resources

Our education program provides exceptional resources to students, including a rich history of field experiences in over 25 schools and educational agencies, as well as dedicated institutes for learning and literacy and culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

With the support of relevant and distinctive field experiences and leadership opportunities while an undergraduate student, you will soon be a part of a community of successful alumni and esteemed faculty members.


National Accreditation

Manhattanville University School of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) at both the initial licensure and advanced levels. As a nationally recognized accreditor for educator preparation, CAEP has endorsed our school for meeting the rigorous national standards in educator preparation.

Learn about School of Education program accreditation.


Undergraduate Program Offerings

Manhattanville offers the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as three specialized Bachelor of Science programs, while also offering options for combined Master's education programs, and a specialized track for students pursuing Physical Education.

Four-Year Program Leading to Initial Teacher Certification in Grades 5-12

The Bachelor of Arts degree pathway is an undergraduate program that leads to dual majors in adolescent education and in a subject content area, called a liberal arts major.

Upon completion of the program, including a student teaching component, students are able to pursue the next steps in earning New York State Initial Teacher Certification to teach in classrooms in grades 5-12.

The following subjects and age group teaching certifications are available through the Bachelor of Arts program pathway.

  • Middle/high school English
  • Middle/high school Social Studies
  • Middle/high school Mathematics
  • Middle/high school Biology
  • Middle/high school Chemistry
  • Middle/high school French
  • Middle/high school Spanish
  • Middle/high school Italian

Learn about the Adolescent Education degree program.


Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching Pathway 

This pathway provides a seamless transition to get a head start on requirements for professional teaching certification, which necessitates graduate-level education. Students in the BA/MAT program may take up to 15 graduate credits while still in their bachelor’s in education program.

You may receive initial certification after the BA. Then, receive professional certification in one or two areas after completing graduate coursework and student teaching.

Review more information about the BA/MAT pathway for education majors.

Bachelor of Science Pathways to NYS Teaching Certifications

Manhattanville’s tailored Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs in education offer comprehensive pathways to begin teaching preschool to grade 6 in New York. With one additional year of study, students can also obtain a Master's degree with a speciality area in Special Education, Literacy, or, TESOL.

Unlike the Adolescence Education program, which requires a double major in Education and a Liberal Arts or Science area, the Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Early Childhood programs are single major programs leading to careers as certified teachers in pre-kindergarten and elementary school settings. Students in the BS programs select a concentration in Liberal Arts and Sciences to complete their BS. 

The Following Liberal Arts and Sciences concentrations are available for students in the BS pathway:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Social and Behavior Sciences
  • English Literature and Writing

In addition to the necessary workshop and NYS teacher certification requirements outside of academic coursework, the BS programs include student teaching experiences.


BS Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is a four-year degree preparing students to become fully certified to teach children from birth through second grade and positively impact their growth and learning.

Review complete information about the BS in Early Childhood Education degree program.


BS Childhood Education

If you’re interested in teaching in elementary (primary) school settings, from private to public schools, the BS in Childhood Education degree program prepares you to extract the best talents and qualities from your students and meet their needs as well as state standards of elementary education. Students completing this program will be eligible for NY State Childhood Education, grades 1-6. 

Review complete information about the BS in Childhood Education degree program.


Combined BS Childhood + Early Childhood Education

Pursue dual teacher certifications in early childhood and childhood after completion of this bachelor’s degree program, furthering your career opportunities by teaching and making a difference for children from birth to grade 6. 

Review complete information about the BS in Childhood + Early Childhood Education degree program.

If your teaching degree of choice is in physical education, or PE, Manhattanville offers an accelerated timeline for completing both the bachelor’s degree and the Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.

Learn about the Accelerated Physical Education program.

Apply to Manhattanville’s Undergraduate Education Degree Programs

Discover your path to becoming an educator at Manhattanville University with our exceptional bachelor’s degree programs in teacher education, valuable student teaching opportunities, and personalized pathways to Initial Teacher Certification in New York.

Graduate and Doctoral Opportunities for Educators

Our Master of Professional Studies (MPS), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Doctor of Education (EdD)  degree programs can be completed in flexible day or evening classes, with many hybrid or online learning environments accommodating the busy schedule of working educators.

Manhattanville's School of Education offers exceptional master's programs in teaching and education leadership for educators seeking to advance their careers.

Whether you want to pursue higher education administration or gain specialist certifications (ex. special education, TESOL), Manhattanville may be the perfect choice for advancing your career goals after completing your bachelor’s degree.


The Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville, with three distinct pathways, and offered in partnership with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, utilizes a forward-thinking approach to educational leadership that is ideal for practicing and aspiring leaders in any educational context. It is designed to support the goals of educational professionals who seek to develop their leadership skills for career advancement or current job enhancement.