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  • We Take Education Personally

    The Esteves School of Education at Russell Sage College offers accredited bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs for aspiring and experienced teachers, counselors, administrators and behavior analysts. We keep our classes small and collaborative, with lots of personal attention from faculty and interaction with classmates. Clinically-rich field experiences — tailored to your program and career goals — allow you to build your professional network and your resume.

    Our Faculty

    Professors at the Esteves School of Education bring a wealth of experience from every facet of the education field: our faculty includes distinguished researchers, experienced classroom teachers, and respected program directors, principals, superintendents and district administrators with connections to schools and school districts throughout New York state.

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    The Esteves School of Education prepares students to become highly-effective educators, school counselors and school leaders who believe in full inclusion, value diversity and are knowledgeable about best practices.


    At Russell Sage College, the focus is on practical and applied research – finding innovative ways to apply classroom knowledge and theory to everyday situations. Students have opportunities to conduct independent research or participate in faculty-sponsored research projects, and may present their work at the annual graduate and undergraduate research symposiums.

    Why join an Esteves School of Education program?

    The Education Programs at Sage can offer many advantages. Our recent graduates agree!

    • 91% of Sage bachelor’s graduates and 98% of master’s and doctoral graduates surveyed note that they are employed or furthering their education after graduation.
    • 97% of Education graduates who are employed indicate they work in education and 92% of those indicate they are working in a job related to their Sage Education training.
    • 97% of Sage Education graduates report that they are likely to remain in education.
    • 87% of Sage Education graduates passed NYS tests required for teaching.
    • 98% of Sage Education graduates rated their overall preparation as good or very good.
    • Sage Education graduates surveyed reported that they were prepared to use instructional technology (100%), appropriate pedagogy (94%), content knowledge (91%), critical thinking and problem-solving skills (97%), and understanding of diverse students including those challenged by poverty and/or language (94%).
    • Sage Education graduates surveyed reported positive experiences with student teaching (97%), key content courses for their major (91%), their advisor (89%) and their peers (97%).

    Employers of graduates of Sage Education programs surveyed reported:

    • 100% of employers surveyed have a good or very good overall impression of the quality of educators from Sage programs. 100% of employers also indicate that graduates are prepared in teamwork, use effective classroom strategies, demonstrate key content knowledge, and are accepting of diversity.
    • 100% of employers of graduates of the Educational Leadership Program indicate that these leaders are prepared to promote educational equity and are able to establish key mission, vision and goals.


    Sage’s Esteves School of Education has held continuous accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE/CAEP) since October 2001. The following programs were reviewed during the last NCATE accreditation review in 2014: Initial licensure programs: Physical Education and Childhood Education. Advanced licensure programs: Childhood Education, Special Education, Literacy Education, Childhood/Literacy Education, Childhood/Special Education, Literacy/Special Education, Professional School Counseling, and Educational Leadership.

    NCATE/CAEP 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/CAEP accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

    • Sage is one of only 45 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE/CAEP accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs.
    • The NCATE/CAEP 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/CAEP accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified.
    • NCATE/CAEP accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards.
    • Graduates of NCATE/CAEP accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE/CAEP is recognized throughout the nation.

    Public Call for Comments

    In preparation for our accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) on April 19-20, 2021, the Esteves School of Education at Russell Sage College seeks public comments about the quality of Sage’s educator preparation programs (teacher, counselor, and educational leader programs). We value your perspective and invite you to submit comments.

    Comments must be submitted by Sunday, March 22, 2021. Although you will be asked for your name and affiliation, all comments will be sent to the reviewer team and to Russell Sage College anonymously.

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    Coordinator, Professional Educational Programs
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    Russell Sage College
    Esteves School of Education
    65 1st Street
    Troy, NY 12180

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