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Seize your moment. Go all in and become a teacher.

You’re already doing the work of a teacher– now you just need the degree. This unique bachelor’s degree completion program will help you follow your calling to teach without putting the rest of your life on hold.

Build your confidence in teaching. Learn from experienced practitioners modeling best practices. Gain hands-on learning through fieldwork and student teaching.

This program builds off past college experience but does not require a degree to begin. Courses are one night a week, one course at a time. Are you ready to go all in?

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Do you need questions about the program and the admissions process answered? Reach out via email at age-admissions@roberts.edu or schedule an appointment with our Adult & Graduate Enrollment Representative.

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  • August 14, 2024
      At Henrietta, NY
  • August 15, 2024
      At Newark
  • March 18, 2025
      At Roberts Campus

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Program Details

Classes One Night a Week (5-9 PM)

Standard Completion Time - 21 months

Program Credits: Childhood - 48, Adolescence - 60

Cost Per Credit: $566

To be considered for enrollment in the Pathway to Teaching program, prospective students must have accumulated 60 hours of college credit and earned at least a C in their classes.

You will earn a Bachelor of Science in Education leading to one of the following initial certifications:

  • Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities 1-6 (dual certification)
  • Adolescence Education in a particular content area and Students with Disabilities (7-12)
  • Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

Our Approach

The Pathway to Teaching program provides students with a comprehensive education on teaching in various settings.

The School of Education structures the curriculum into several modules that prospective teachers must complete consecutively to earn their degree.

Teacher Preparation Programs

All courses are constructed by experts in the education field, ensuring that our graduates leave the program able to excel in all areas of study. Each module is concentrated on a particular topic; these topics range from human development, special education, gifted education, ENL students, teaching in public schools, teaching young students or children in early childhood, etc.

The Roberts Wesleyan University Advantage

Roberts Wesleyan University is an educational institution dedicated to fostering the minds of our students and their characters as well. Our well-rounded teacher pathways developed by the School of Education target spiritual, mental, and emotional growth so that all future educators can handle any situation that arises in their schools with distinction.

Program Highlights

Modular design that is delivered one course at a time

Coaching through the certification process

Interview prep with local principals and superintendents

Review sessions for certification exams

Teacher Immersion Fellowship Program (paid work in schools while enrolled)

Career Outlook


  • Teacher


  • Rochester City School District
  • Charter Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Become a Certified Teacher

Becoming a teacher is an admirable goal, but it's not one to be taken lightly. Before teaching in the classroom, you have to earn two things: a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or teaching program and your teacher certification.

Education Programs

Searching "teaching programs near me" will generally reveal many opportunities for in-person and online teaching degrees.

There tends to be different requirements and curriculum depending on the state. Still, there are usually teacher education schools or courses where you can earn both a degree and be recommended for certification at the same time.

Furthering Teacher Education

New York State requires practicing teachers earn a graduate degree to earn professional certification.

Roberts Wesleyan University offers several outstanding graduate programs for any interested students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before applying for a teacher’s certificate, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or teaching program. Earning a bachelor’s degree is typically a three-to-four-year program. Then you will most likely have to complete a student teaching experience followed by taking your state examinations to prove you’re qualified, adding a few more years. After these steps, you can apply for your teaching certificate, state requirements will vary, but this is the general process.

To become a teacher, you need to prove that you’re qualified by acquiring a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or teaching program and then becoming certified in your state. Qualifications may vary slightly depending on your state.

Related Majors

Adolescence and Special Education, M.Ed. - Prepare for New York State teaching certification and earn a Masters in Adolescence Education, as well as a Masters in Adolescence Special Education (Grades 7-12) in an affordable and flexible dual certification program developed for time constrained adults.
Childhood and Special Education, M.Ed. - Prepare for New York State teaching certification and earn a Masters in Childhood Education, as well as a Masters in Childhood Special Education (Grades 1-6) in an affordable and flexible dual certification program developed for time constrained adults.
Literacy Education, M.Ed. - Build on your existing certification as you take advantage of the growing demand for literacy specialists, with a Literacy Education, M.Ed. from Roberts Wesleyan University.
Special Education, M.Ed. - Interested in a Masters in Special Education? Build on your existing certification to become a highly qualified teacher of students with disabilities, with a Special Education M.Ed. from Roberts Wesleyan University.
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