The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Education program is Accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and offered under Consent from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The Faculty of Education at Niagara University is dedicated to preparing the highest quality teachers, and educational leaders – professionals who will make a difference for children, youth and their families.
- We do this with a commitment to serve those most in need.
- We do this by engaging learners in meaningful ways, using the knowledge and experience they bring as the core of instructional practice.
- We do this by continuously examining and implementing a wide-range of research-based practices to support learners.
- We do this by reflecting on our practice so as to assess progress and continuously improve.
Our dedicated and highly experienced faculty lead the way in their teaching, research and service to their respective professions. Our strong partnerships with the K-12 schools and community organizations transcend our work, providing many clinically-rich experiences for our candidates.
Niagara University's College of Education has been accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education since 1984. In Ontario, we are accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Colleges of Teachers. We are also the only university in New York to be accredited in both the United States and Canada.
As a college, we are committed to fostering the development of teachers who can meaningfully and effectively meet the diverse needs of today’s K-12 students. Our teacher candidate’s success in obtaining teaching certification coupled with a high employment rate, illustrate that our students are well-prepared to enter the job market.
Experiences in the Field
Well-established partnerships with our local boards result placements that begin in the first college semester for all education students. Instructional skills become highly developed as teacher candidates progress through their field experiences in preparation for student teaching. Experience in school classrooms, starting freshman year, a distinct Niagara advantage. The program is a total of 60 credit hours, and takes place over four semesters, with more than 500 hours of integrated practicum field experience. All coursework and field experiences are completed in Ontario, Canada.
Cohort-based programs enhance your learning experience
The cohort approach takes a diverse group of students and creates a community of teacher learners. You'll attend courses and field experiences with a specific group, earning your degrees together in a professional learning community. Extraordinarily noncompetitive, cohort-based learning ensures that the learning of each individual will assist the learning of all others in the group.
This institution has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree program for a seven-year term starting October 13, 2017. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.)