Undergraduate Education FAQs
Molloy College teacher candidates first need to decide the age group of the students they’d like to teach. In New York, teachers can be certified to teach early childhood ( which is birth-grade 2), childhood (which is grades 1-6), or adolescence ( which is grades 7-12).
Early childhood and childhood teachers must be prepared to teach all the subjects. Adolescent teachers will teach one subject. However, all Molloy College teacher candidates will choose a content area to focus on while pursuing their undergraduate degrees.
Some of our programs allow you to combine your primary certification with other certifications such as special education and TESOL (teachers of English to speakers of other languages). Molloy College education majors can also choose to attend a traditional 4-year bachelor’s program or an accelerated 5-year bachelor’s/master’s program.
Future teachers at Molloy College will take general education courses from various arts and sciences departments to give them a solid foundation. Education majors must also choose a content area on which they will focus and build an expertise. This is particularly important for anyone preparing to teach adolescents. Most importantly, our students teachers take a variety of teacher education courses including Foundations of Education, Strategies of Teaching, Critical Issues in Education, various Methods of Teaching Courses like math, Science, and English Language Arts. Additionally, our teacher candidates take different courses to prepare them to work with academically, culturally, and linguistically diverse student populations. In general, education courses at Molloy College are engaging, interactive, and challenging. Our graduates are fully prepared to be excellent teachers.
A. Molloy College teacher candidates have several opportunities to work with students in various schools. As early as sophomore year, education majors can be placed in a school to observe for a couple of hours a week. Later in the program, teacher candidates will participate in both part-time and then full-time student teaching semesters. During these experiences, our students will work in multiple classrooms and grades to get a variety of experiences.
Although this can vary from year to year, most Molloy College education majors are working in some capacity as soon as they complete all their state certification exams. Many graduates begin as a substitute teacher but these positions frequently lead to permanent positions. Each year we get several requests from school districts looking for applicants and it is projected that many teachers will be retiring in the next couple of years.
Certain certification areas are more in need of teachers than others. Currently, there is great need in Adolescent Math, Adolescent Science, Foreign Languages, TESOL, and Special Education. However, this also varies from year to year. It’s important to note that research has shown that teachers tend to have greater job satisfaction than many other fields. There is no better way to spend your life!
Prospective students can get information from several sources. They can contact me, the Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Education Programs. I can answer any and all questions about the programs and can be reached at 516-323-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can pair prospective students with current students who can answer questions as well. The admissions office can help you with general admissions and application questions and finally, you can schedule a visit. You can tour the campus, chat with students, and sit in on education classes. The admissions office or myself can help set this up.