Education: Childhood and Middle School

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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 Childhood Education with Middle School Extension (grades 7-9).

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 Science). 

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).

Program Requirements

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 area.

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 teaching.

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 (i.e., grades 1-3 and 4-6 for Childhood programs). 

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 teaching.

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.

Career Options

Classroom teacher in both public and private settings.

Career Outlook

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 English.


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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