Graduate Education

Adolescence Education

The college offers the master's degree in education in programs that qualify graduates for New York State teacher certification in adolescence education (7–12) and adolescence and special education (7–12).

Adolescence Education: Qualifying for Initial Certification

This is a 42-credit program designed specifically for college graduates holding an appropriate liberal arts degree in English, mathematics, science or social studies who have not had formal training in professional education and who wish to prepare for a teaching career in adolescence education (7-12).

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended to the New York State Education Department for initial certification. The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination liberal arts and sciences test, written assessment of teaching skills, and content specialty test(s) in the area of the certificate, which shall be taken within one year prior to the candidate’s applying to the department for the initial certificate.

The initial certificate shall be valid for three years from its effective date. For the professional certificate, the candidate shall successfully complete three school years of teaching experience, or its equivalent. A minimum of 42 credits is required for the master's degree in adolescence education.

Dual Adolescence Education and Literacy (Grades 5 - 12)

Upon completion of the above requirements, candidates may apply to continue to the companion certificate in literacy (grades 5-12) leading to an additional New York State certification. Students are recommended for each certification in separate semesters.

Students in the companion literacy program are required to complete ED 5621 (Applied Research in Literacy Remediation - Adolescence). This course is a reflective practicum that is the culmination of the certificate program for teachers of literacy grade 5-12. The practicum involves tutoring diverse pupils with literacy problems, including native English speakers with disabilities and pupils who are English language learners.

Adolescence Education and Special Education: Qualifying for Initial Certification

This is a 48-credit program designed specifically for college graduates holding an appropriate liberal arts degree in English, mathematics, science, or social studies who have not had formal training in professional education and who wish to prepare for a teaching career in adolescence education (7–12) and special education (7–12).

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended to the New York State Education Department for initial certification. The candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination liberal arts and sciences test, written assessment of teaching skills, and content specialty test(s) in the area of the certificate, which shall be taken within one year prior to the candidate’s applying to the department for the initial certificate.

The initial certificate shall be valid for three years from its effective date. For the professional certificate, the candidate shall successfully complete three school years of teaching experience, or its equivalent. A minimum of 48 credits is required for the master's degree in adolescence and special education.

For more information about the master of science in education, including admission requirements, application requirements, and courses, please go to the MSMC Graduate Catalog.

You can reach the office of the graduate program coordinator for teacher education at 845-569-3149.

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