Arts and Letters

English BA / MS in Education

Bachelor of Arts in English

Master of Science in Education

Please note: This program is currently pending approval by New York State as of September 2014. 

Overview

This program is designed for students interested in teaching 7th-12th grade English. In five years, students may complete the required courses for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, a Master of Science in Education (MSEd), and New York Certification in Adolescence Education, with or without dual certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Resident undergraduate students who would like to pursue their graduate degree at the Mount may remain in student housing, while they complete the program. 

English/Adolescence Education at the Mount

Students will complete the required courses for the bachelor's degree in English, which will be completed during year four. Students will begin taking master's level courses in Education during the fall semester of year three.

Students apply to the program during spring of their freshman year, and begin the program during fall of their sophomore year. Students may apply for entry into the program at a later time with the approval of the chairs of the Division of Education and Division of Arts and Letters. (NB: Later entry may impact the length of program completion time.) 

Both degrees will be awarded at the completion of the fifth year of the program.

Students in the five-year master’s degree program may choose to drop the program and enter a bachelor’s program at Mount Saint Mary College at any time. However, no more than 6 credits of graduate education courses may be counted toward an individual bachelor’s degree if a student leaves the five-year master’s program for any reason. These graduate credits may not then be used toward a master’s degree.

Program Requirements

Requirements for entrance and continuing enrollment in the five-year English BA/MS in Education are:

  • Incoming freshmen must meet two of the following three criteria: (a.) 85 scholastic average in high school; (b.) Top 30% of their graduating class; (c.) SAT scores of 1000 (critical reading and mathematics).
  • Students transferring into the program (internally or externally) must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the five years of the program and must pass Orientation to Teaching. Students who transfer ED 2051 from another college must pass the writing assessment section of ED 2051 at Mount Saint Mary College.
  • Students in the five-year master's program will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Students who do not meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement in any semester will be placed on probation. Only one probationary period will be allowed; students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement for more than one semester will be removed from the program and placed into a BA program in English.

For those who may choose to apply for the five-year master’s degree option after initial admission, either as a transfer student or a Mount student who chooses to change majors, will come under the original admissions stipulations at the time they apply for the five-year master’s option. Each student in the program will be assigned two advisors: one from the Division of Arts and Letters and one from the Division of Education.

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