Education Program Overview

It takes a lot more to teach than just knowing a topic. You have to understand students, how they learn, and how to motivate them. As an education major at Manhattanville, you’ll learn all of that – and have the opportunity to gain experience by working inside a classroom, developing lesson plans, and observing others in action.



Teacher education programs at Manhattanville will prepare you for:

  • Early childhood settings
  • Elementary classrooms
  • Middle and high school classrooms, teaching English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Foreign Languages (French, Spanish and Italian).

Dual-degree programs allow you to earn your bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts major and a master’s degree in education; qualified undergraduates get a jump-start by taking five graduate education courses by the end of their senior year as undergraduate students.

In addition, Manhattanville offers a SuperStart (SUPST) option for students interested in completing a Master of Arts in teaching in physical education and sports pedagogy.

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Manhattanville requires that undergraduate students declare both a Liberal Arts major and a second major in Education as part of the study plan. All Manhattanville undergraduates who wish to enroll in an education program in the School of Education must have at least a 2.75 GPA and need to submit test scores from either the SAT or the ACT as part of their application materials.  Undergraduates pursuing the Dual Degree Honors Program must have a 3.40 GPA for acceptance in the Honors Program.

New York State Liberal Arts Requirements
According to Regents Rule 3.47(c), undergraduate degrees are distinguished by the minimum number of liberal arts credits required for each degree. The BA degree requires 90 credits of liberal arts coursework. Education courses are among the courses offered at Manhattanville that do not count toward the 90 liberal arts credits requirement.

Prospective teachers must have many talents: You’ll have to demonstrate ability with knowledge and skills in specific areas and be able to convey that knowledge to others while demonstrating an appropriate professional disposition – and, of course, complete your required courses with satisfactory grades.

Admission to the School of Education is not automatically granted with acceptance to the College. Typically, you’ll apply to the School of Education during your sophomore year while taking Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching (EDU 2000) or Foundations of Early Childhood Education (EDU 3017).

If you’re transferring to Manhattanville and have already taken the equivalent of Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching, we urge you to apply to the School of Education at the same time that you apply to Manhattanville so appropriate advising can begin as soon as possible.