Adolescence Education

Education: Dual Adolescence and Special Education

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In conjunction with General Education courses and an academic major in a liberal arts and sciences content area, the Division of Education offers courses that will permit prospective students to complete academic requirements for initial New York State certification in Adolescence Education and Teaching Students With Disabilities.

Adolescence and Special Education at the Mount

This program prepares candidates for initial certification in Teaching Students With Disabilities. Candidates will learn about teaching students with a variety of disabilities, including autism, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, learning disability, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, traumatic brain injury, or multiple disabilities in inclusive or special settings.

Several courses feature individual or course-embedded fieldwork. Course-embedded fieldwork gives teacher candidates the chance to learn from each other, to gain ideas for teaching, to reflect with peers on what works and what does not work well, and finally to support and become part of a community of learners who care about teaching as a profession.

Program Requirements

Since 2011, New York State allows teacher candidates seeking Adolescence Certification in Teaching Students With Disabilities, along with adolescence certification in a subject area, to be certified as Adolescence Generalists for Teaching Students with Disabilities in grades 7-12.

To be eligible for this certification, all candidates must have completed six hours of study in college level courses in each of four areas: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science (including at least 3 credits of lab science), in addition to completing all required pedagogical courses.

Mount Saint Mary College students will likely complete most of these distributive requirements as part of the required CORE or General Education requirements for the bachelor’s degree. However, even if one has met the Mount Saint Mary College General Education requirements, these required courses must be met to be eligible to receive New York State certification as an Adolescence Generalist for Teaching Students with Disabilities in grades 7-12

Students must take all certification courses at Mount Saint Mary College unless otherwise approved by an advisor. Students working toward certification must consult with both an education advisor and an advisor in the major each semester.

In order to be admitted to the program, candidates must pass the Education Proficiency Tests with a minimum score of 85% on each test. In addition, all candidates must pass ED 2051 Orientation to teaching. During this course, two writing samples are required.

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.


Students pursuing Dual Certification must complete 150 hours of fieldwork.

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  Students pursuing Dual Certification will complete one placement Teaching Students With Disabilities.

All certification courses must be completed before student teaching unless otherwise indicated or approved by an advisor.

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

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 Taught

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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