Esteves School of Education Grad Student

B.S. at Russell Sage College

The undergraduate Bachelor of Science program in Childhood Education at Russell Sage College prepares students for New York State teacher certification in grades one through six. Students will have the opportunity for extensive clinically rich experiences in professional development school settings in junior year methods classes and again during student teaching.

Professional Development Schools offer pre-service teachers the opportunity to learn from both the college professor and a coaching teacher. Students have the option of extending their certification to include Middle Childhood Education in English and History (Social Studies) by engaging in two additional courses and one additional student teaching opportunity. With careful planning of the undergraduate program, students may accelerate their graduate study by beginning graduate coursework in the senior year.

If you maintain 3.0 GPA, you may have the opportunity to earn six graduate credits from the Sage Graduate School.

Once you complete your undergraduate degree, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies and complete a Master’s Degree in Special Education and/or Literacy.

By becoming a teacher you will have the opportunity to touch, and perhaps change, the lives of young people and give them a legacy of learning to last their lifetimes

M.S.E.D. at the Esteves School of Education

Sage’s graduate program in Childhood Education (grades 1- 6) is shaped by the conviction that theory and practice are closely interwoven. The program is designed to have a direct and positive impact on the performance of professional educators and master teachers, responding to the need for highly skilled professionals in the elementary schools, a need which will be increasingly evident in the years to come. The program combines advanced study and research with the opportunity to develop, refine, and evaluate leadership and teaching skills.

All matriculated students complete a signed program of study. Any change in stated coursework must receive written approval of the assigned faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Childhood Education programs must meet the general admission requirements for the Sage Graduate Schools and must have or must complete as a part of their program the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science area. In addition, applicants to the Childhood Education program complete an:

  • Interview with an appropriate advisor after all materials have been submitted
  • Assessment of writing skills

This program is designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree with substantial preparation in liberal arts, but who have little or no background in professional education. The undergraduate preparation in liberal arts should represent the minimum requirements for undergraduate students in childhood education at Sage; deficiencies may be satisfied by coursework over and above the requirements of the approved program.

National Accreditation Advantage

Sage’s Esteves School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2001. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed an Education program that meets the highest standards in the field. Sage graduates should note the NCATE accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

  • Sage is one of only 28 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs.
  • The NCATE accreditation process helped articulate what qualities a Sage educator, counselor, or leader possesses: belief in full inclusion, valuing diversity, reflection, and knowledge about best practices. NCATE accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified.
  • NCATE accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards.
  • Graduates of NCATE accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE is recognized throughout the nation.