New program to fast-track teacher certifications for local residents

MCSD is sharing the following web post from HFM BOCES:

November 29, 2022 (posted on

HFM BOCES and Utica University are teaming up to combat the nationwide teacher shortage and will conduct an informational session on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. for anyone interested in pursuing a fast-tracked teacher certification.

Through Utica University’s unique program, local residents can earn a fast-tracked teacher certification in just eight months. Individuals who have completed an undergraduate bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the following areas can apply to begin their master’s in teaching that starts in January: Earth Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Spanish, French, English, Social Studies, and Technology.

The session will take place at the HFM BOCES campus located at 2755 State Highway 67, Johnstown and is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Alli Fish at

According to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office, New York State is facing a steep teacher retirement cliff in the coming years. The state needs approximately 180,000 new teachers over the next decade to meet workforce needs.

The informational session will provide an opportunity to learn more about this program. For more information, contact John Rowe, Executive Director of Graduate Admissions at Utica University, by emailing


updated flier with information contained in the web post