At Syracuse University, the Department of Teaching and Leadership centers on innovative and inclusive education, particularly in urban education. This Department promotes high expectations to ensure that all children are welcomed into the general education classroom. In the Teaching and Leadership programs at Syracuse, the reality that children learn differently is taken seriously. Students in its teacher preparation programs learn to develop lessons, teaching strategies, and assessment of student learning that accommodate those differences so that children can access the curriculum and show their knowledge in different ways. The Teaching and Leadership Department is committed to developing knowledgeable, innovative, thoughtful, caring, and professional educators and leaders who welcome the challenges of figuring out how to meet each individual child’s needs. Syracuse’s Teaching and Leadership department is highly regarded nationally; a number of its programs are considered to be among some of the top in the nation.
The Department invites you to read more about our programs on this website, and to contact specific professors to discuss our programs. You are welcome to visit and meet members of the department, join in the classes, and feel first-hand the energy and commitment of Syracuse University to graduate the best of the best, and through them, make a difference in the lives of all children.
Explore our Programs
M.S. Initial Certification: preparation programs for those who do not currently hold a teaching certificate, or wish to add additional certificates include the following. Prospective students may also find our summary chart of initial preparation graduate programs helpful.
M.S. Professional Certification: For those who already hold New York provisional or initial certification in the area listed and wish a registered program for permanent or professional certification include:
M.S. (No Certification)
(*SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the School of Education offer a joint program to prepare science teachers)
Our faculty members are prominent leaders in their fields. They author the texts used at competing universities. Continually writing and doing research, they bring the latest findings in the field into the university classroom. A large number also are quite active in creating innovative and inclusive learning environments in urban settings, embodying Syracuse University’s challenge to its professors to put their “scholarship in action". While very active in the “laboratory” of the public schools, the department’s faculty have chosen Syracuse University because they are committed to classroom teaching, to advising and mentoring, and to putting into the field the next generation of outstanding teachers and leaders.
Teacher preparation students benefit from an array of partnerships with urban school districts as well as suburban.
The hours that the Department’s students spend in practicum work in the schools exceeds state standards by well over 100%. Students feel well prepared for student teaching and their first job, often expressing excitement about having their own classrooms in which to put theory into practice, be innovative, thoughtful, caring, and in which to raise expectations for all learners.