Academic Divisions

Division of Education

The Mount Saint Mary College Division of Education offers six undergraduate teaching programs, leading to New York State initial certification in: 

The Division of Education also offers a five-year combined bachelor's and master's degree program that leads to Adolescence Education certification in either BiologyChemistry, English, or History. 

The Office of Graduate Programs also offer the Master of Science in Education degree. 

Education and Academic Majors

Childhood Education certification can be combined with any of the following major courses of study: Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science concentration (an Interdisciplinary Studies major), Hispanic Studies, History, History/Political Science, Information Technology, Mathematics, or Social Sciences.

Adolescence Education certification can be combined with any of the following major courses of study: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, and History (certification in Social Studies).

Certification in Childhood and Adolescence Education with a Middle School Extension requires a major in Biology, Chemistry, English, Hispanic Studies, Mathematics, or Social Science with a History concentration.

Resources and Learning Technologies

Education courses take place in the College's "smart classrooms" with immediate wireless access to the Internet and multimedia capabilities. This enhanced technology is used, along with presentation of up-to-date material, group activities, discussions, and simulation exercises to enable students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and reflectiveness needed by today's teacher.

Students can take advantage of the Curriculum Library, with access to books, kits, tests, software, and adaptive equipment for use in fieldwork and student teaching. They can also use the multimedia computer stations to develop high-powered lessons and to plan effective uses of the Internet within their field experiences. 

Field Experience

As part of their certification courses, students must learn to apply their knowledge through extensive and varied fieldwork. Depending on the program, students complete 100 hours or more of field experience before student teaching.

In addition, students pursuing Dual Certification in General and Special Education and students pursuing a Middle School Extension engage in field experiences designed for practicing the special skills learned in their additional courses. These students thus complete at least 150 hours of fieldwork. Later, the student engages in a full semester of student teaching, the only course taken during that particular semester. 

There are approximately 25 school districts in which students complete fieldwork and student teaching. The Mount's strong relationship with these districts enables our students to enter the job market with resumes showing experience in a variety of schools, at a variety of grade levels, and with a variety of pupils.

Bishop Dunn Elementary School

In some instances, the student is able to list Bishop Dunn Memorial School as the place in which some field work was completed. This on-campus facility is a combination elementary and middle school for pre-K through grade 8 pupils. It offers a variety of programs, including enrichment for honors pupils, special education, virtual field trips, and other creative uses of technology.

The Liberal Arts Tradition

While it is very important to concentrate on one area of study, we believe that exposure to courses in other disciplines will develop you as a whole person. No matter what course of study you pursue at the Mount, you will take a number of required courses in the liberal arts (Arts and Letters, Natural Science, Math, Social Sciences, and Philosophy or Religion.) Combined with the elective courses you choose to take, you will become a critical thinker and a lifelong learner.

Teaching and the Mount

If you think you'd like to be a teacher, you owe it to yourself and to your future students to take your teacher preparation seriously. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding experience, and the Mount's Division of Education helps our students rise to the challenge, revel in the experience, become leaders in today's classrooms, and make a positive difference in the lives of their students.

The Mount's Education programs enjoy a long-established reputation for preparing highly qualified teachers. Our graduates are sought after by many school districts throughout the Northeast.


The Division of Education at Mount Saint Mary College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and/or advanced educator preparation programs at the College in Newburgh, New York. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

As part of the maintenance of NCATE accreditation, the college is required to display data revealing the success of our programs. The following link displays a connection to the most recent results of Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidate “completers” (graduates of our programs recommended for certification) on New York State Teacher Certification Exams.

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