Graduate Education

Middle School Extension

Mount Saint Mary College offers the master of science in education in two middle school extension programs: middle school extension in content area (grades 7-9) and middle school extension program in content area (grades 5-6).

These programs focus on developing skills and expertise required to effectively teach today’s young adolescents. Theoretical foundations related to adolescent development and research on effective teaching strategies serve as a basis for preparing teachers to design instruction that maximizes successful outcomes as applied to middle school learning experiences. Standards based planning and instruction is emphasized in the following content areas: biology, chemistry, physics, English, mathematics, social studies and Spanish.

Middle school Extension in Content Areas (grades 5-6)

This program is designed for teachers who hold a valid New York State teaching certificate in secondary/adolescent education (7-12) and have completed a major of at least 30 credits in the subject for which the extension is sought. The aim of the program is to prepare 7-12 educators to effectively teach in grades 5-6.

The program includes the study of early adolescent development and instructional approaches of particular importance to the middle grades. Courses are designed to strengthen the certified teachers’ ability to focus on the pedagogical and developmental needs of pupils across grades 5-12.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for New York State middle school extension (grades 5-6). A minimum of 33 credits is required for the master of science in education degree in Grades 5-6 Content Area Extension.

Middle School Extension in Content Areas (grades 7-9)

This program is designed for teachers who hold a valid New York State teaching certificate in elementary/childhood education and who have completed a major of at least 30 credits in the subject for which the extension is sought. The aim of the program is to prepare elementary educators to effectively teach in grades 7- 9.

The program includes the study of early adolescent development and instructional approaches of particular importance to the middle grades. Courses are designed to strengthen the certified teachers’ ability to meet the needs of all pupils and to increase a repertoire of pedagogical tools applicable across grades 1-9.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for New York State certification in middle childhood extension in grades 7-9. In addition, candidates must pass the New York State Teacher Examination in the specific content subject area. A minimum of 33 credits is required for the master of science in education degree in gades 7-9 content area extension.

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

You can reach the office of the graduate program coordinator for teacher education at 845-569-3525.

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