Mount Saint Mary College's program in Childhood Education is
guided by the principle that excellent elementary school teachers
have a strong background of research-based principles. 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
Childhood Education at the Mount
Along with Education courses and an academic major, the Division
of Education offers courses that will prepare students with the
academic requirements for initial New York State certification
- Childhood Education, grades 1 - 6
- Dual Childhood Education and Students with
Disabilities (new option for Early Childhood Certification is
- Childhood Education with Middle School Extension (grades
Students interested in Childhood Education may choose from the
following majors: Biology, Chemistry, English, Hispanic Studies,
History, History/Political Science (social studies), Information
Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies in Science, and Mathematics.
Dual Childhood and Teaching Students with Disabilities
New: Early Childhood (B-grade 2)
certification is now an option for students in the Dual Childhood
(grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).
This program prepares candidates for initial certification in
teaching students with a variety of disabilities, including autism,
emotional disturbance, learning disability, intelltraumatic brain
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.
- Candidates must pass the Education Proficiency Tests with a
minimum score of 85% on each test.
- Candidates must pass ED 2051 Orientation to Teaching, which
requires two writing samples.
- Candidates must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA and receive a C+
or better in all certification courses, which may be repeated only
Childhood Education with Middle School Extension
Students may also pursue an extension of the Childhood Education
certification to teach the subject matter of their academic major
in grades 7-9.
- 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
- Candidates 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.
- Students must pass the appropriate New York State content
specialty test, in which the extension will be granted, 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.
Bishop Dunn Elementary School on Campus
Mount Saint Mary College has a pre-K to grade 8 school, Bishop
Dunn Elementary School, right on campus. Our students complete
field work and observe teachers of Childhood Education in practice
at Bishop Dunn. They then gradually move into local school
fieldwork placements, helping to build the variety of experiences
that prospective employers look for.
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 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
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
teaching Students with Disabilities.
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.
Candidates are recommended for certification to NYS after they
have completed program requirements and teacher certification
examinations required by New York.
Where Mount students have interned
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
According to the New York State Education Department, the areas
of need in teaching are in teaching Students with Disabilties,
Mathematics, Sciences, languages other than English, and
Information Technology. Teacher candidates with only Childhood
Education certification will likely find it difficult to find a
first job in a tenure track position after college in New York and
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).
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