Preparing future generations

Gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to teach in a world not yet known. With a major or minor in Educational Studies, you’ll gain critical skills in promoting tolerance and respect for differences, train in different means of resolving conflicts through in-class lectures and most importantly, you’ll learn to be an educator by spending significant time in local classrooms. You'll become a researcher and practitioner of education across a variety of settings.

In addition to the major and minor, many students choose to pursue teacher certification while at the Colleges. Offerings include 15 NYS-registered teacher certification programs in elementary education and teaching students with disabilities (grades 1-6), in most secondary school subjects (grades 7-12), and in music, art, and TESOL (grades preK-12). 


Experiential EducationApplying Your Knowledge

Students read to children

Become an America Reads tutor through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning or discover the power of bilingual education at the Intercultural Affairs Center.

At Hobart and William Smith, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.


No Borders:Global Education

Dedicated to fostering global citizens, the Education department encourages study abroad and provides the flexibility for all majors, minors and Teacher Education Program participants to participate.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.


Explore education as a practice, institution and its theories.

EDU 203 – Children with Disabilities

Develop a thorough understanding of and sensitivity to children and youth who experience disabilities.

EDU 320 – Children’s Literature

Explore children's books from many angles, including for their literary qualities and their effort to promote multiculturalism and social justice.

EDU 370 – Multiculturalism

Examine the institution of schooling, broadly conceived, as it is positioned in a multicultural and diverse society. 

Teaching ProgramsBecoming an Educator

Teacher Education Program

If you’re thinking about becoming a teacher, consider enrolling in the Teacher Education Program. Starting in your sophomore year, you’ll have the opportunity to work with local teachers inside their classrooms, observing and learning, while you major in another subject. Completion of the program will prepare you for certification to teach in New York and most other states.

master of arts in teaching 

Building on the Teacher Education Program, HWS graduates can earn a master’s degree in teaching. The year-long program includes a student teaching placement in the fall and a seminar and two elective courses in the spring.

master of arts in higher education leadership

Discover the needs of contemporary college students and be ready to create the change needed to support them in this two-year master's program. 


Alum ImpactA World of Experience

Brandi Taylor '19 MAT '21 U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant

As a student in the Teacher Education Program, Brandi took a wide range of courses that focused on different methods of teaching, helping her understand the importance of the unique needs of each student. She’s taking this lesson, along with others, with her as she works as an English teaching assistant in Kenya on a Fulbright Award.

Companies That Employ Our graduates

  • Achievement First Brooklyn High School
  • AmeriCorps
  • Barefoot Studios
  • Bernice A. Ray School
  • Bishop Kearney High School
  • Bowen Elementary School
  • Bright Kids Network
  • Canandaigua Academy
  • Canandaigua Dance Studio
  • Cayuga Heights Elementary School
  • Center for Land-Based Learning
  • Clarence Central School District
  • Classical Charter Schools
  • Daniel Hand High School
  • Denver School of Science and Technology
  • Dexter Southfield Street
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Emerson College
  • Expert Institute
  • Frank M. Sokolowski School
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship
  • Geneseo Elementary School
  • Gillen Brewer School
  • Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital
  • Grace Church School
  • Hope Academy
  • Institute for Child Development
  • International Baccalaureate Charter School
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
  • KinderCare Education 
  • Lake Pointe Elementary School
  • Lee Montessori Public Charter School
  • Marblehead Public Schools
  • Midlakes Education Center
  • Neighborhood Charter School
  • New Haven Public Schools
  • New York City Department of Education
  • North Syracuse Central School District
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone 
  • Seneca Falls Central School District
  • Southampton High School
  • Teach for America
  • The Meadowbrook School
  • Trumansburg Central School District
  • Wappingers Central School District
  • Wellesley Public Schools
  • Westtown School
  • Williams School

universities where our graduates are studying 

  • American University 
  • Atlantic Veterinary College 
  • Columbia University School of Social Work 
  • Emerson College 
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Loyola University in Maryland 
  • Thomas Jefferson University 
  • University of Maryland College Park