Medaille’s Department of Education Addresses Teacher Shortage in New York & Ontario

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Medaille’s Department of Education Addresses Teacher Shortage in New York & Ontario

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Medaille College’s Department of Education, which offers a full suite of undergraduate and graduate teacher certification programs, is seeking to address the current teacher shortage in New York and Ontario, Canada. In response to the current high demand for well-prepared educators, Medaille has developed education programs that make it as quick and easy as possible for prospective teachers to navigate the steps toward certification requirements in New York State or Ontario.

State officials estimate New York will need more than 180,000 new teachers in the next decade, and about one-third of current teachers are projected to retire within the next five years, according to New York State Governor Kathy Hochul in her 2022 State of the State address. “The pandemic also accelerated the vast teacher shortage that was already facing a steep retirement cliff in the coming years,” said Gov. Hochul. Likewise, Ontario, Canada, is experiencing a similar shortage of teachers at all levels, according to the Ontario College of Teachers, which serves as a licensing, governing and regulatory agency for Ontario’s teaching profession. 

With the growing need in New York State and Ontario, now is the perfect time for anyone who has considered becoming a teacher to enter the field. Among other education degree programs and certificate offerings, Medaille’s Master of Science in elementary education (M.S.Ed.) and Master of Science in adolescent education (M.S.Ed.) programs are specifically designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education. Offered on Medaille’s Buffalo campus, both are 16-month programs that include one year of coursework and four months of student-teaching, which prepare students for New York State or Ontario teacher certification requirements.  

“My advice for you is to trust yourself and go for it,” says Assistant Professor Caitlin Riegel, Ph.D., who serves as the program director for Medaille’s M.S.Ed. elementary education & M.S.Ed. adolescent education programs. “If you have considered a career in education, now is the time, and Medaille is the place to help you reach your goals.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the College’s education programs, including a wide variety of four-year bachelor’s degree programs, 16-month M.S.Ed. programs and advanced certificates, can visit Medaille’s campus next Tuesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. for an Education Information Session. Prospective students will be able to meet with faculty, staff and current students from the Department of Education to find out more information and get their questions answered. Additionally, a Virtual Info Session for the College’s M.S.Ed. elementary & M.S.Ed. adolescent education programs is being offered on Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. Registration and details for both events can be found at medaille.edu/events. 

Medaille’s Department of Education is the College’s oldest academic department. The school traces its roots to 1875, when the Sisters of St. Joseph (SSJ) founded an institute for the preparation of teachers, which would become Mount Saint Joseph Teachers’ College and then chartered as Medaille College in 1968.


About Medaille College: 
Medaille College provides a personalized learning experience to its diverse student body of traditional undergraduate and post-traditional graduate students. Medaille students engage in a high-impact, experiential educational process that prepares them for the workplace. With campuses in Buffalo and Rochester, Medaille also offers one of the most robust online programs in Western New York, as well as the most athletic programs of any college in Western New York. 

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