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
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
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.
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 science, 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
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 (grades 7-9 and 10-12 for adolescence programs). Students
pursuing the 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 adviser.
Students pursuing adolescence certification are also required to
complete at least 30 credits in the content area before student
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 interned
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.
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), www.ncate.org. 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