Master's Programs in Teaching (without Certification)

Live to Inspire.
Love to Teach.

Do you love to help others learn and grow, but are not interested in New York state certification? Check us out. We have teaching programs just for you.
Few careers give people the opportunity to impact individuals and communities like teaching.  Teaching and learning happens in forms and settings beyond traditional K-12 schools.  Warner offers several programs that will prepare you to teach what you love without the constraints of New York state teaching certification, giving you freedom to follow your interests and passions. This program is ideal for those who want to teach outside of the United States or in private schools and other educational settings, including informal and after-school environments, and community-based organizations. International students will find these Warner programs especially attractive.

You can also choose some online courses to significantly reduce your trips to campus, and take advantage of scholarships to make the program affordable.
No prerequisites and maximum customization

Program Quickview

All of the master's degree programs described below prepare students to teach in a great variety of contexts that do not require specific credentials – such as charter and independent K-12 schools, schools outside the U.S., community colleges, community organizations, museums, afterschool programs, or camps.  None lead to New York state teaching certification.

If you are interested in other teaching programs, check our Related Programs.
  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Prior content preparation in the subject you want to teach.
Key Program Features:
  • Customizable: We have many available options that will allow you to specialize in your area of interest; each option has at least 9 credits of electives.
  • Shortest Path: Only 30 credits of coursework – the minimum required by New York state for master’s degrees; up to 10 credits transferrable from prior graduate coursework in lieu of electives.
  • Flexible: All programs can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study; no required internships.
  • Focus on Content-Specific Innovative Teaching: All options include at least three courses focusing on teaching and learning of your chosen subject or age level.
  • Some Online Offerings: More than half of the program can be completed fully online, if desired to reduce trip to campus or residency in Rochester.
  •  Opportunities to Add Specializations: With few additional credits, you can also pursue an advanced certificate in Online Teaching, Digitally-Rich Teaching, Teacher Leadership or Program Evaluation to make you more effective and marketable. If desired, you can do so as part of a “combined program” that will facilitate securing the appropriate visa for international students and extent loan eligibility for domestic students. 

Warner master's programs in teaching

At Warner, you can choose among a number of master’s degrees in teaching, depending on your interest and area of specialization.  If interested, you can also select an “combined” option for each of the programs listed above, which will allow you to pursue the master’s program of your choice concurrently with at least one the advanced certificates listed below – thus leading to multiple credentials for only a few additional credits.  The length of this combined program and its total number of credits will depend on the chosen advanced certificate(s) and other optional enhancements; this option may be especially desirable for international students interested in additional specializations and willing to devote 4-5 semesters to their master’s program.
Explore the option that best meet your interest among those listed below:
Opportunities for Additional Specializations (with minimum additional credits required)
  • Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools: Prepares you to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching: Prepares you to be more competitive for teaching position involving online courses and programs.
  • Advanced Certificate in Teacher Leadership: Prepares you to take on important leadership roles in K-12 schools.
  • Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation: Provides you with skills in planning and conducting evaluations of new and current initiatives.

Our Approach

Preparing teachers who can inspire and lead change.

Warner’s teacher preparation programs will prepare you to stand out as an innovative teacher – a teacher who lives to inspire and loves to teach. 

At Warner you will find cutting-edge curricula informed by research and best practices, faculty who are passionate and supportive, a shared commitment to social justice and inclusion, and the drive to make education “ever better.”
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Learn More About Warner's Approach to Teacher Education
The Warner School of Education will teach you how to teach. But the real difference at Warner, given increasingly diverse classroom environments and a continued focus on inclusion of students of all abilities, is our capacity to teach you how today’s students learn and how you can create optimum learning environments for all. Warner helps tomorrow’s teachers move learning from memorization to critical thinking, from competition to community building, from “just getting over the finish line” to creating lifelong learners. That’s the Warner way.

It’s a movement focused on student-centered education with the goal of increasing intellectual engagement. It’s a commitment to developing “reform-minded” teachers who won’t settle for the status quo. It’s a goal of encouraging teachers to take responsibility for creating learning environments that are inviting for all students. It’s an ability to nurture and develop teachers who step up to be leaders by imparting ideas and a vision for where their students, the school, and the district can grow and contribute in meaningful ways. 

The Warner School delivers a big-picture view of what the classroom and the school should look like. It begins with approaching teaching as a profession, not a job – a commitment to inspiring all young men and women to grasp what they are learning, why they are learning, and why what they are learning matters to them personally and to the world.

On the Cutting Edge of the Classroom and Beyond
All of our teacher education programs are firmly grounded in proven research and sound theory. Warner faculty, in conducting research and supporting others, stay on the cutting edge of where learning is and where it’s heading. They help to provide candidates with in-depth knowledge of how people learn by focusing on how the world sees each student, and conversely, how each student sees the world. This ensures that Warner students have a keen understanding of where learning needs to go and the reasons why they will need to teach and engage students differently in the future.

Warner prepares students for teaching and the pursuit of educational endeavors beyond the classroom. We provide the theoretical foundation, the intellectual tools, and the practical experience to help graduates thrive in a wide variety of learning environments.

Passionate, Supportive Professors 
A major strength of the Warner School is our expert, diverse faculty. These are individuals who’ve been there, seen it, and done it. Each is an accomplished, well-respected educator, dedicated to changing the way teachers teach by researching learning, teaching, and curriculum in various educational contexts and applying what they learn in the classroom. Warner professors are passionate education professionals here to support you every step of the way. Close relationships with faculty are developed in the classroom, on research teams, through internship supervision, and beyond. Small class sizes ensure you work closely with your professors and your peers, getting the one-on-one instruction, advice, and advocacy you need to succeed.

A Strong Commitment to Social Justice
One of the fundamental pillars of a Warner School education is a commitment to social justice and a keen recognition of a teacher’s responsibility to address social inequities in the learning environment. Warner students become very aware of social and racial inequalities, as well as socioeconomic issues, that impact a student’s ability to learn. Warner students are taught to understand and be responsive to different learning needs, to adapt to diverse behaviors, and to be open to a wide spectrum of perspectives. As a result, they are driven to close the gap of social inequities and build a supportive, engaging learning environment.

Students with a Higher Calling
Warner graduates aspire to a higher calling. A quest to inspire a greater level of learning. A commitment to achieve the utmost success for all students. A strong professional vision for the future of learning, backed by wise and effective teaching practices. Practices they’ve lived themselves, putting theories to the test, and executing powerful lessons with students, rather than just reading and talking about them.

Warner graduates stand out, head and shoulders above their peers from other teaching institutions, well prepared for a future in teaching, and even better prepared for the future of learning. That’s the Warner difference.

The Warner Advantage

Preparing graduates to innovate, advocate and elevate.

Our Warner teacher preparation programs will help you stand out from other teachers and prepare you to excel in your career.
  • Become a teacher who can create learning opportunities that are inviting and accessible for all students – engaging with cutting-edge research and educational innovations.
  • Be challenged to be an agent of change, who can effectively introduce new ideas and practices that will enhance students’ learning and address current inequities.
  • Leverage the reputation of a leading research university to strengthen recognition of your degree.
  • Network with the best and the brightest future colleagues.
  • Make yourself stand out when applying for teaching positions by pursuing additional specializations for a few additional credits.
  • Learn from an accessible, supportive faculty of researchers and accomplished practitioners who will prepare you to become adaptive experts in educational settings.
  • Shorten your path to a doctoral degree by earning transferable credits.
While rigorous, Warner’s teacher preparation programs are both flexible and affordable.
  • Customize your program by taking advantage of multiple options and electives.
  • Take advantage of online learning options that help reduce trips to campus.
  • Choose your own pace by pursuing the program part time or full time, and taking advantage of special summer offerings.
  • Start the program in any semester.

All About Experience

Your experience at Warner will be informed by the many research projects and community initiatives we are engaged in. In addition, you'll benefit from the experience of faculty that include nationally recognized researchers, award-winning authors and accomplished practitioners.

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Emily Collins '20W and Devan Carter '20W have two things in common. Both of their mothers are teachers, and they are each pursuing that same path toward having their own classroom.

Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD Students in Grades K-8

Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD Students in Grades K-8

Warner hosts a six-week summer enrichment program that engages urban K-12 students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences. The Horizons program creates a unique opportunity for Warner students to interact with young learners in an out-of-school setting.

Center for Learning in the Digital Age

Center for Learning in the Digital Age

Benefit from faculty who are involved in transformative uses of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning. The Warner Center for Learning in the Digital Age collaborates with various educational partners to leverage the potential of digital technologies for education.

Career Opportunities

Advancing Education and Your Career to the Next Level.

Graduates from these programs will be prepared to teach in a great variety of contexts, and will be employable in any organization that does not require state credentials – such as charter and independent K-12 schools in the U.S., schools abroad, community colleges, community organizations, museum, afterschool programs, or summer camps. 
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An Accessible, Supportive Faculty of Researchers and Accomplished Practitioners.

Kevin Meuwissen thumbnail imageKevin Meuwissen, PhD
Teaching Program Director
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(585) 273-5940

Other Program Directors

Raffaella Borasi, PhD (Health Professions Education)
Zenon Borys, (Mathematics)
Jayne Lammers, PhD (English)
April Luehmann, PhD (Science)
Kevin Meuwissen, PhD (Social Studies)
David Miller, EdD (Online Teaching)
Martha Mock, PhD (Inclusion: Early Childhood)
Hairong Shang-Butler, PhD (TESOL)
Carol Anne St. George, EdD (Reading & Literacies)

Additional Program Area Faculty


Making Warner Affordable.

The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester is pleased to offer a number of merit-based scholarships to eligible students.

Inquire with Admissions about scholarships you may be eligible for. 

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Try Us Out

Get a Taste of What Warner Has to Offer.

We invite you to visit one of our innovative instructional programs, including:
  • Horizons Summer Enrichment Program: A six-week, full-day summer program for K-8 urban students, taking place on the University of Rochester campus, that provides meaningful informal learning opportunities.
  • East High: This Rochester City School District secondary school is undergoing major transformation under the oversight of the University of Rochester as its educational partnership organization.
Take A Course! You can also experience Warner as a non-matriculated student for a highly discounted price. Some of our courses are offered fully online and can be taken from anywhere in the world?

Contact admissions to arrange for a visit or learn more about opportunities for non-matriculated students.
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Meliora means 'Ever Better.' To our graduates, it means making a world of difference.

  • Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

    "The growth I’ve realized in myself is something I will be forever grateful for. I’ve learned to question, analyze, think and create in ways I never considered. I’ve changed as an educator and as a person."

    Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

  • Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

    “I had a very unique situation. I wasn’t going down the typical path of a Warner student, and the school was just so flexible and supportive.”

    Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

  • Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

    “As educators, it’s our job to make sure we’re giving students the knowledge to be successful when they move on in their life….Warner was the best grad school experience I’ve ever had because it prepared me extremely well to jump into my career, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

    Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

  • Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

    “It was more than I expected. Not only what I learned in the program, which I’ve been able to put into practice every day since, but also the connections I was able to make and the relationships I was able to form."

    Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

  • Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children

    “When it came time to interview for jobs, it was very easy for me to talk about anything in the field, and that set me apart,” he says. “You name it, and I had at least one experience in it—largely due to Warner.”

    Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

  • Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

    "The most important thing I received there was the opportunity to be immersed in the study of education and leadership with very talented people, that think-tank mentality of being surrounded by the best of the best. The intellectual stimulation from both the staff and fellow classmates really did allow me to think about things differently."

    Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

Contact Admissions

The admissions team looks forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School. Please feel free to use the form below to contact us with any questions. You can also email us at or call (585) 275-3950.

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The next application deadline is March 01, 2023. View all Admissions Deadlines.

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