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
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.
Middle School Extension and Special Education
Courses in childhood education fulfill requirements for initial
certification to teach grades 1 to 6. Students can also pursue an
extension of the childhood education certification to teach the
academic subject of the liberal arts major in grades 7 to 9, or
dual certification in childhood and special education.
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).
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 special education, mathematics,
sciences, languages other than English, and technology. Teacher
candidates with only a 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 Northeast.
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