Courses in the Childhood Education program fulfill requirements
for initial certification to teach grades 1-6. Students may also
pursue either a Middle School Extension of the Childhood Education
certification to teach an academic subject in grades 7-9, or dual
certification in Childhood and Students with Disabilities (grades
Dual Childhood and Students with Disabilities at the
This program prepares candidates for initial certification in
teaching students with a variety of disabilities, including autism,
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injury, or multiple disabilities and teaching such students in
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impairment, other health impairment.
Several courses feature faculty supervised 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.
A student preparing to teach in the elementary school either as
a general educator or as a teacher of students with disabilities
combines a study of professional courses and student teaching with
a major in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English,
Hispanic Studies, History, History/Political Science (Social
Studies), Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies in
Science, and Mathematics.
New: Early Childhood Certification available with Dual
Childhood and Students with Disabilities
Early Childhood (B-grade 2) certification is now an option for
students in the dual certification program of Childhood (grades
1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).
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.
While completing the teacher education program in Childhood
Education, students must complete 100 hours of course-related,
supervised fieldwork before student teaching. Students pursuing
dual certification in teaching Students with Disabilities must
complete 150 hours.
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 1-3 and 4-6 for childhood programs). Students
pursuing the dual certification will complete one placement in
teaching Students with Disabilities.
All certification courses must be completed before student
teaching unless otherwise indicated or approved by an
advisor. 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.
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.
General education or Students with Disabilities teachers in both
public and private settings. Program faculty are keenly aware of
administrators' preference for dually-certified teachers to staff
their general education classes in local districts.
According to the New York State Education Department, the areas
of need in teaching are in teaching Student with Disabilities,
Information Technology, Mathematics, Sciences, and Languages other
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