The Mount's education program is accredited by the National
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by
the following professional agencies: Council for Exceptional
Children (CEC), International Reading Association (IRA), National
Council of Social Studies (NCSS), National Council of Teachers of
English (NCTE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),
and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Adolescence and Middle School Extension at the Mount
Candidates for middle school extension must complete all the
requirements for the initial adolescence education (grades 7-12)
program, as well as a middle school methods course and a middle
school practicum. The semester of student teaching must be
completed before the practicum experience.
To be admitted to the program, candidates must pass the
Education Proficiency Tests with a minimum score of 85% on each
test. All candidates must pass ED 2051 Orientation to
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.
While completing the teacher education program in adolescence
education, students must complete 100 hours of course-related,
supervised fieldwork before student teaching. Students
pursuing a middle school extension must complete 100 hours before
student teaching, plus a 3-credit practicum after student
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).
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 NYS after they
have completed program requirements and teacher certification
examinations required by New York.
The Student Teaching Handbook outlines policies and procedures
that are required in order for students to successfully complete
the student teaching experience. 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