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The School of Education

Education That Elevates

We play a key role in shaping New York educators with our four doctoral degree (i.e., Ed.D. and Ph.D.) programs and 43 master’s degree programs that accommodate career or field changers and those who seek expertise and/or certification. Our areas of specialization include Adolescent Education, Childhood Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Literacy, School Building Leadership, School Counseling, Special Education, and TESOL. 

Our programs are designed to be flexible, with online and traditional schedules. When you become a student here at St. John’s, you also become part of a rich history of excellence in education, where we have been preparing educators for more than 100 years!


About The School of Education

Dual Programs

Undergraduate and Dual Degrees

Undergraduate and dual degree programs are available for students seeking to become teachers who want to transform the educational outcomes of children.

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Our master’s degree programs in education are designed to help you better understand and solve the most pressing issues within your program of study.

Ph.D. Programs

Doctorate Programs

The School’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs challenge you to think critically as you work to solve the most pressing challenges facing the community and the world.

Advanced Certificate

Advanced Certificates

Explore our programs designed for teachers or other personnel interested in earning specialized certificates.


Scholarship Opportunities

The School of Education offers several scholarships for continuing undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact Us

Contact The School of Education

We welcome your questions.

Pathway Programs

The School of Education offers Pathway programs that enable you to streamline study and complete a B.S. and M.S. degree in five years. They include

  • Childhood Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (K–12)
  • Adolescent TESOL (K–12)
  • Adolescent Special Education (grades 7–12)

Our TESOL 5-Year Pathway is an accelerated program designed to help aspiring educators streamline their studies and achieve both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in just five years.  This unique program is tailored to meet the demands of our culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms and English Language Learners in K-12 settings. Our 5-Year Pathway Programs offer a dynamic and efficient route to your educational and professional goals.

At St. John's University, we are committed to nurturing the next generation of educators and ensuring that our students have the resources and support they need to excel in their chosen careers. Explore our TESOL 5-Year Pathway today and take the first step toward a rewarding and fulfilling career in education.


The TESOL 5-Year Pathway is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Education to seamlessly transition into a Master of Science in Education program, specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This integrated pathway allows you to gain expertise in TESOL while reducing the overall time and cost associated with pursuing both a bachelor's and a master's degree separately.


At St. John's University, we understand that students have diverse interests and career aspirations. To accommodate these differences, we offer several distinct 5-Year Pathway programs within the TESOL discipline:

  1. Childhood TESOL (K-12): This program is tailored for those who aspire to teach English as a Second Language in elementary or middle school settings. It equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to support young learners in their language development and academic success.
  1. Adolescent TESOL (K-12): Designed for individuals who are passionate about helping high school students excel in English language acquisition, this program focuses on TESOL strategies and methodologies for the secondary education level.
  • Streamlined Education: By enrolling in our 5-Year Pathway, you will complete both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shorter time frame, allowing you to enter the job market with a competitive edge.
  • Expert Faculty: Our faculty members are experienced educators and researchers in the field of TESOL. They are dedicated to providing you with a high-quality education that prepares you for success.
  • Field Experience: You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in diverse educational settings, including local schools and community organizations.
  • Networking Opportunities: St. John's University offers a rich educational environment where you can connect with peers and professionals who share your passion for education.
  • Career Advancement: A Master's degree in TESOL opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities, including teaching in K-12 schools, working in language programs, and even teaching English abroad.

If you have questions or need more information about any of the 5-Year Pathway Programs, please contact Bernadette A. Zacharuk, Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs, at [email protected].

Success at St. John's

St. John's University Grace Pigott ’19C, ’23GEd holding plaque with another woman standing in food pantry

Double Alumna Enjoys Lifelong Connection to Outreach Center

When Grace Pigott ’19C, ’23GEd was a little girl, her grandmother brought her to the St. Mother Teresa Outreach Center located in St. Martin of Tours Parish in Bethpage, NY, to volunteer. Today she serves as Social Ministry Coordinator at the parish and is responsible for the smooth operation of the center, which provides food and other necessities to members of the local community.

Grace Pigott ’19C, ’23GEd The School of Education


Faith was always central to her family’s life, Ms. Pigott stressed. Her grandparents emigrated from Ireland and her father is an alumnus of St. John’s. “My grandmother has been a parishioner of St. Martin’s since the 1950s, and still volunteers here. She often babysat me, and always had me involved with something here. Even though I went to public school, I was always heavily involved in the parish.”

Jorge Santos ’10CPS, ’12G, ’18GEd reading his book to a group of young students

Education Alumnus Authors Children’s Book that Celebrates Diversity

A St. John’s University triple alumnus and special education teacher recently penned a children’s book that aims to help young readers embrace and cherish the diversity within their own and others’ families.

Jorge Santos ’10CPS, ’12G, ’18GEd The School of Education


Education Alumnus Authors Children’s Book that Celebrates Diversity

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York, you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.


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