Adult Degree Completion

Interdisciplinary toward Childhood Education


The adult Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree is for prospective teachers who intend to pursue a Master of Science and New York State Teacher Certification in childhood and special education.

What does the Interdisciplinary BA offer?

The Interdisciplinary BA (as a prerequisite program for the Master of Science in Childhood Education) offers concentrations in the most relevant fields, including English, mathematics, natural science and history. Students will need to continue their studies at the graduate level to be eligible for certification. 


Mount Saint Mary College's education program is fully accredited by the National Council of Teachers (NCATE), the standard of excellence in teacher preparation. 

Program requirements 

Students majoring in the adult Interdisciplinary toward Childhood Education must take a minimum of 33 credits and maintain a GPA of 3.0.

Program courses

English (15 credits)
Major American Authors I
Literature for Children
Creative Writing
Modern American Grammar

Math for Elementary School Teachers I
Math for Elementary School Teachers II
Elementary Statistics

History (9 credits)
One course in each of the following: 
United States History
European History
Non-Western (African, Latin American, or Asian History)

Natural Science (10 credits)
General Biology
Introduction to Chemistry I
Plus one of the following:
Introduction to Chemistry II
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Introduction to Earth Science I
Introduction to Earth Science II
Introduction to Astronomy

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, the job outlook for teachers is as follows: Growth from 2012-2022 is expected for kindergarten, elementary school teachers and middle school teachers, at a rate of 12 percent, which is as fast as average for all occupations.

From 2012-2022, a significant number of older teachers are expected to reach retirement age. These retirements will create job openings for new teachers.

Please contact the Office of Adult Degree Completion at 845-569-3223, or email with any questions.

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