The Education Studies Department at Skidmore College offers a major in education studies that leads to initial teaching certification in New York State for elementary grades 1–6. Skidmore College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The college is working toward accreditation of its educator preparation programs under the AAQEP standards with an anticipated Quality Assurance Review in fall 2022.
The education studies 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. Because the department is relatively small, faculty get to know our students well, developing close relationships with them as they support student coursework and field placements. There are opportunities for working in the Early Childhood Center lab school.