Education: Adolescence and Middle School

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The Mount's Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the following professional agencies: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), International Reading Association (IRA), National Council of Social Studies (NCSS), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Adolescence and Middle School Extension at the Mount

Candidates for Middle School Extension must complete all the requirements for the initial Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) program, as well as a middle school methods course and a middle school practicum. The semester of student teaching must be completed before the practicum experience. 

Program Requirements

To be admitted to the program, candidates must pass the Education Proficiency Tests with a minimum score of 85% on each test. All candidates must pass ED 2051 Orientation to Teaching. 

Candidates must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA and receive a C+ or better in all certification courses. Certification courses may be repeated only once.


While completing the Adolescence Education program, students must complete 100 hours of course-related, supervised fieldwork before student teaching. Students pursuing a Middle School Extension must complete 100 hours before student teaching, plus a 3-credit practicum after student teaching.

Student Teaching

Students must complete a semester of full-time student teaching as arranged and supervised by Mount Saint Mary College within 25 miles of the College. Each student has two placements during the semester (grades 7-9 and 10-12 for Adolescence programs).

All certification courses must be completed before student teaching unless otherwise indicated or approved by an advisor. Students pursuing Adolescence certification are also required to complete at least 30 credits in the content area before student teaching.

Candidates are recommended for certification to NYS after they have completed program requirements and teacher certification examinations required by New York.

The Student Teaching Handbook outlines policies and procedures that are required in order for students to successfully complete the student teaching experience. The College will not accept transfer credits from other institutions to fulfill the student teaching requirement. Student teaching must be completed within three years of graduation from Mount Saint Mary College.

Where Mount Students Have Interned

Mount Saint Mary College teacher candidates have student taught in more than 50 school districts within a 25 mile distance from the College. Additionally, some candidates have student taught in the New York City Public Schools.

Career Options

Teaching in the content areas in a variety of public and private school adolescence settings.


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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