Skidmore offers a major in Education Studies that leads to initial certification in New York State for grades 1–6. Our major is innovative and premised on a constructivist view of education with social justice as a central goal. This pre-professional program provides extensive opportunities for working with children in varied school settings. Since the department is relatively small, faculty get to know students well, developing close relationships through student coursework and field placements. There are also opportunities for working in the Early Childhood Center lab school. All majors build portfolios over the course of their four years, demonstrating the knowledge and skills that they have developed, which prepare them to enter their own elementary classroom positions and excellent graduate programs.
- Alternative Education: Quest for a Different School Experience
- Multicultural Education
- Children's Literature
- Educational Assessment and the Exceptional Child
- Education Policy, Politics, and Law in the U.S.
Skidmore Early Childhood Center: The Center provides educational programs for young children and their families from the local area in an environment that encourages exploration of materials and positive social interaction. It is equipped with observation facilities that are used by parents, college students, and faculty. Education studies majors enjoy a variety of practica under the direction of the Center's professional staff, in addition to opportunities for independent research studies with children.
Study abroad programs: Education Studies faculty encourage majors to study abroad. In recent years, students have studied abroad in a range of contexts, including England, Denmark, Italy, Ghana, Spain, and Samoa.
Recent senior practicum placements: We are fortunate to have school partners that support our student teachers and field placements across a range of local districts, including Saratoga Springs City School District, Schuylerville Central School District, South Glens Falls Central School District, Queensbury Union Free School District, and Shenendehowa Central Schools.
Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do
- Kindergarten teacher, Allendale Columbia, Rochester, N.Y.
- Art and humanities teacher, Ballston Spa Middle School, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
- School counselor, Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Gifted/talented enrichment teacher, Bedford Public Schools, Bedford, N.H.
- Fifth grade teacher, Bernards Township Board of Education, Basking Ridge, N.J.
- Teacher/art therapist, Board of Education, NYC
- Manager, reference/information services, Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.
- Second grade teacher, Bowling Green Elementary School, Westbury, N.Y.
- Fourth grade teacher, Brighton Area Schools, Brighton, Mich.
- Speech language pathologist, Brookesdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Learning disabilities specialist, Charlottesville Public Schools, Charlottesville, Va.
- French and Spanish teacher, Chatham Middle-High School, Chatham, Mass.
- Camp director, Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, Maine
- Nursery school teacher, Congregation B'Nai Jeshurun, Short Hills, N.J.
- Behavioral specialist, D-Y Regional School District, Dennis, Mass.
- Director, elementary program, East Harlem Tutorial Program, NYC
- ESL specialist, Grover Cleveland High School, NYC
- Professor of children's young adult Literature, North Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill.
- Special education teacher, Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, Calif.
- Visual arts teacher, Bay School of San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif.
Graduate Schools: A sampler of where our alumni go
- Bank Street College of Education
- Wheelock College
- Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Fordham University
- Boston University
- Pratt Institute
- Portland State University