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 allow students to complete academic
requirements for initial New York State certification in the areas
- Adolescence Education, grades 7-12
- Dual Adolescence Education and Special Education
- Adolescence Education with Middle School Extension (grades
Adolescence Education at the Mount
The programs in Adolescence Education prepare teacher candidates
to teach Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, and Social Studies to
students in grades 7-12. Our programs are structured to provide
teacher candidates with the principles for engaging teaching and
learning in the content areas.
We believe that excellent adolescence teachers have a strong
background of research-based principles for teacher effectiveness,
as well as a thorough understanding of how students learn in grades
7-12. Teaching candidates successfully attain these knowledge bases
through a carefully planned sequence of courses taught by veteran
teacher-researchers, and with individual or course-embedded
Students seeking certification in English, Mathematics, Biology,
or Chemistry must complete the major as listed in the Undergraduate
Students seeking certification in Social Studies must complete a
30‑credit history major, with additional Social Sciences
requirements, to be prepared to teach the different types of
classes a Social Studies teacher may be assigned to (see
Dual Adolescence and Teaching Students with
This program prepares candidates for initial certification in
Teaching Students With Disabilities. Candidates will learn about
teaching students with a variety of disabilities, including autism,
emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, learning
disability, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment,
traumatic brain injury, or multiple disabilities in inclusive or
Several courses feature individual or 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.
Since 2011, New York State allows teacher candidates seeking
Adolescence Certification in Teaching Students With Disabilities,
along with adolescence certification in a subject area, to be
certified as Adolescence Generalists for Teaching Students with
Disabilities in grades 7-12.
To be eligible for this certification, all candidates must have
completed six hours of study in college level courses in each of
four areas: English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science
(including at least 3 credits of lab science), in addition to
completing all required pedagogical courses.
Mount Saint Mary College students will likely complete most of
these distributive requirements as part of the required CORE or
General Education requirements for the bachelor’s degree. However,
even if one has met the Mount Saint Mary College General Education
requirements, these required courses must be met to be eligible to
receive New York State certification as an Adolescence Generalist
for Teaching Students with Disabilities in grades 7-12
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.
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.
Adolescence with Middle School Option
Candidates for a Middle School Extension will take additional
coursework preparing them to teach their content area in grades 5
and 6. This can make such candidates good prospects for a principal
who must staff a school with grades 5 - 8 or 6 - 9. Individuals
interested in this option must complete complete all the
requirements for the initial Adolescence Education (grades 7-12)
program, including the semester of student teaching before the
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 Teaching.
Candidates must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA to student teach, 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
Dual Certification must complete 150 hours, while students pursuing
a Middle School Extension must complete 100 hours before student
teaching, plus a 3-credit practicum after 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 (7-9 and 10-12 for Adolescence programs). Students
pursuing 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 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
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. Some candidates have student taught in the New York City
Teaching in the content areas in a variety of public and private
school Adolescence settings.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Education programs are fully
accredited by the National Council for 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
NCATE Accreditation statement
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