Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathway (UTEP)
The School of Education is committed to the development of teacher candidates who will be educators and lifelong learners. Teacher preparation that focuses on the unique challenges of working in NYC public school classrooms is at the core of Hunter College’s educational mission, and the School of Education is a place for aspiring teachers to learn their craft and contribute to the future through the classroom.
What are the Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathway (UTEP) Education Major Options?
- Adolescent Education (Grades 7 – 12)
- Biology (BA or BA/MA)
- Chemistry (BA or BA/MA)
- Chinese (BA)
- Earth Science (BA/MA only)
- English (BA)
- French (BA)
- Italian (BA)
- Mathematics (BA or BA/MA)
- Physics (BA or BA/MA)
- Spanish (BA)
- Social Studies (BA)
- Childhood Education (Grades 1 – 6)
- Dance Education (Grades PreK – 12)
- Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2)
- Music Education (PreK-12)
- Adolescent Education (Grades 7 – 12)
How do I declare an Education Major?
- Attend a Pre-Major Advising Session
- Following the session, complete the pre-major interest form. When you submit the form make sure you include:
- Your Primary Major in the School of Arts & Sciences
- Participation in Macaulay Honors or Excelsior Scholarships
- Your Education Major of Interest
- Your GPA
- The approximate number of credits have completed
- After you submit the pre-major interest form, School of Education faculty and staff will evaluate your eligibility. You may be invited to participate in an interview with faculty.
After you submit the pre-major interest form, School of Education faculty and staff will evaluate your eligibility. You may be invited to participate in an interview with faculty.
How will I know if I’m required to interview?
We will correspond with all of the students who have expressed interest in declaring an education major with their eligibility results and next steps.
How is eligibility for the Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathways (UTEP) program determined?
Faculty and staff consider the following items when evaluating a candidate’s eligibility to join a UTEP major:
- Admission to Hunter
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (including transfer courses)
- Review of completed coursework in the primary Arts and Sciences Major
- Total number of credits remaining to complete a Bachelor’s Degree
- An interview or audition may be requested
For Early Childhood and Childhood candidates:
- Students must have completed at least 15 credits prior to starting an Education major
- Students should not exceed a total of ~140 credits with the addition of an Education major
For Adolescent Ed candidates:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits prior to starting an Education major
- Students must have made progress in their primary Arts and Sciences major and completed at least two courses in the subject area they wish to teach
Are prerequisite classes required for approval to join the School of Education?
Prospective Early Childhood and Childhood Education students are not required to complete any specific courses. In our eligibility review, we will look for evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English Composition and writing-intensive coursework. Candidates to Early Childhood and Childhood must have completed at least 15 credits to be considered for an Education major.
Prospective Adolescent and Creative Arts education students must make progress through the coursework required for their primary major. Candidates must have completed at least 45 credits; two courses (6 credits) must be in the content area they seek to teach to be considered for an Education major.
How many students are approved to join the major each semester?
Seats in our Education majors are limited. Unfortunately, not all eligible students are offered a seat in an education major. Prospective education students are encouraged to attend an information session early in the semester for consideration to join the major in the following semester.
Can I reapply if am determined ineligible?
We will correspond with all of the students who have expressed interest in declaring an education major with their eligibility results and next steps. Your eligibility results will include our suggestions for your next steps in regards to continuing to express your interest in declaring an education major.
Can I major only in Education?
All education majors are required to have a primary School of Arts and Sciences major and must fulfill the Hunter Core requirements.
Early Childhood and Childhood Majors can declare a primary major in any liberal Arts and Sciences major that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Adolescent and Creative Arts Majors must declare a primary major in the corresponding content area.
Explore the School of Arts and Science majors and their requirements in the catalog.
Where can I get assistance declaring an Arts and Science Major?
Hunter College offers a variety of majors in the School of Arts and Sciences. You can learn more about how to declare an appropriate major on the Hunter College One Stop Office website.
Can I register for an education course before I have been approved to join the education major?
The School of Education does not offer education courses to all Hunter College students. You must be approved to join the School of Education and receive permission to register for education courses.
Are there any electives for a non-major?
- EDUC 25000 – Introduction to Urban Education: Topics and Issues around Diversity and Equity (W) PD/B (3 credits)
Can I minor in education?
A minor in education is not offered.
Can I pursue an Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathways (UTEP) program as a second-degree student?
The Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathways (UTEP) programs are not designed for students pursuing second baccalaureate degrees. Candidates should apply to one of our graduate programs leading to teacher certification.
Does the Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathway (UTEP) offer dual certification programs?
The Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathway does not offer dual certification programs. UTEP graduates are encouraged to pursue a graduate program that will lead to certification in another area to obtain dual certification. However, the Graduate Pathway does offer a variety of dual teacher certification programs.
If I work at a school, can I complete fieldwork experiences at my job?
All Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathways (UTEP) education students are required to participate in developmental field experience (fieldwork) and supervised teaching (student teaching). Each program has a fieldwork placement specialist from the Office of Clinical Experience. Undergraduate education students are placed in a Hunter College partner school to complete their fieldwork experiences. Students must have daytime availability to complete fieldwork requirements at a Hunter College partner school.
Can I schedule my education courses at will?
All Undergraduate Teacher Education Pathways (UTEP) education students must register for education courses to complete the major. Education course sequences are not flexible. Students must follow our course sequences. Students typically complete the requirements of their education major in 4 to 6 semesters with support from their faculty advisor. Consult your program of interest in the catalog for course sequencing information.