Teacher Education Program

Student to teacher journey

Apply to Cornell

  1. Get accepted to Cornell.
  2. Take two 200-level education courses.
  3. Pass the entrance exam to the Teacher Education Program.
  4. Apply to the Teacher Education Program and declare your major.
  5. Complete all your degree requirements, One Course At A Time, including getting plenty of field experiences.
  6. Pass the exit exam and get certified to teach.

Not sure which path is right for you?

That’s OK. We can help explain your options.

Learning while you teach

One Course At A Time allows you to easily weave in field experiences, practicums, and student teaching opportunities without the stress of trying to navigate around a traditional semester course schedule. You can spend entire days at your school site and get connected with your classroom in a way that is not always possible if you only have an hour or two to be in the classroom each day.

One Course At A Time allows you to complete practicums in K-12 classrooms beginning in your first year. These early experiences help you discover the area of study and the level at which you’d like to teach. By the time you graduate, you’ll have completed a minimum of 20 weeks in various public school classrooms.

Education staff and faculty provide close supervision and mentoring during your student teaching and job search process. You’ll get assistance with your resumes, cover letters, and application materials. And you’ll get to practice your interview skills during a career day where local principals conduct mock interviews on campus.

We can’t wait to meet you.

Learn and teach on and off-campus

One Course At A Time (also called the block plan) encourages flexibility. You can take courses on campus and off-campus. Our off-campus courses include education courses in other countries. So, you might spend a block in Belize teaching in the schools during the day and experiencing the local culture in your off-hours.

Or you might elect to complete your student teaching in another country. Teach two blocks in the U.S. and then, teach in one of 14 countries for two blocks. As a future professional educator, you’ll quickly learn to appreciate the built-in flexibility of learning and teaching on the block plan.

We can’t wait to talk to you about all of Cornell’s experiential learning opportunities.