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 with Middle School Extension
Adolescence and Middle School Extension at the Mount
Candidates for a middle school extension must complete all the
requirements for the initial adolescence education (grades 7-12)
program including the semester of student teaching before the
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. Students enrolled in an
education certification program who have earned at least 45 credits
must maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.75 to remain in the
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
Students are required to take and pass the New York State
Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST) prior to student teaching. The
testing dates and sites are posted on the New York State Education
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.
According to the New York State Education Department, the areas
of need in teaching are in special education, mathematics,
sciences, languages other than English, and technology.
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