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, International Reading Association (IRA), National Council
of Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE),
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and National Science
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 at the Mount
Our 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 course-embedded faculty supervised
Mount Saint Mary College has an elementary school, Bishop Dunn
Elementary School, right on campus. Our students complete field
work and observe teachers of childhood education in
Middle School Extension and Special Education options
Courses in childhood education ful fill requirements for initial
certification to teach grades 1 to 6. Students can also purse an
extension of the childhood education certification to teach an
academic subject in grades 7 to 9, or dual certification in
childhood and special education.
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.
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.
All certification courses must be completed before student
teaching unless otherwise indicated or approved by an adviser.
Students are required to take and pass the New York State Liberal
Arts and Science Test (LAST) prior to student teaching. The Student
Teaching Handbook outlines policies and procedures that are
required in order for students to successfully complete the student
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
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.
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