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 Childhood Education with Middle School Extension
Childhood Education with Middle School Extension
A student preparing to teach in the elementary school combines a
study of professional courses and student teaching with a major in
one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, History,
History/Political Science, Information Technology,
Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Social
Sciences (with a concentration in History or History/Political
Courses in the Childhood Education program fulfill requirements
for initial certification to teach grades 1-6. Students may also
pursue either an extension of the Childhood Education certification
to teach the subject matter of their academic major in grades 7-9,
or earn dual certification in Childhood and Teaching Students with
Disabilities (grades 1-6).
All candidates must receive a C+ or better in all certification
courses and may repeat a certification course only once. Candidates
must maintain a 2.75 minimum GPA in order to student teach.
Candidates for a Middle School Extension program must complete
all the requirements for the Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
program, including student teaching before the middle school
practicum. Students who are pursuing the 7-9 extension must meet
all of the required content courses for Adolescence certification.
Additionally, all students will need to take and pass the
appropriate New York State content specialty test in which the
extension will be granted in order to be certified in the extension
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.
While completing the teacher education program in Childhood or
Adolescence Education, students must complete 100 hours of
course-related, supervised fieldwork before student teaching.
Students pursuing 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 (i.e., grades 1-3 and 4-6 for Childhood
All certification courses must be completed before student
teaching, unless otherwise indicated or approved by an advisor.
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.
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), Association for Childhood Education International
(ACEI), 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).
Where Mount Students Have Interned
Over 50 local school districts, including BOCES.
Classroom teacher in both public and private settings.
According to the New York State Education Department, the areas
of need in teaching are in Special Education, Information
Technology, Mathematics, Sciences, and Languages other than
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