MS in Education

Gifted Education Admissions

Admissions 

To comply with New York State Education Department (NYSED) regulations for New York State teachers, this program follows three tracks for NYS certified teachers – Non-Degree Seeking and Degree Seeking.

Track A - For NYS Certified Teachers Only – Non-Degree Seeking – Advanced Certificate Program
This track is for certified New York State teachers who hold initial, professional, provisional or permanent certification. If you hold New York State teaching certification, you will be recommended to NYSED for the gifted certification extension. Non-Degree seeking students do not qualify for financial aid.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (MSMC transcripts are automatically submitted for current MSMC students and alumni.). Minimum GPA of 3.0 from prior graduate work.
  • Submit proof of NYS teaching certification (initial, professional, provisional or permanent). You must hold certification by your anticipated program start date. 

Track B – For Visiting Students - Non-Degree Seeking – NYS CETL Approved Provider
This track is for visiting students who already hold at least a bachelor’s degree who want to enroll in courses in this program toward requirements of a program outside of Mount Saint Mary College or for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CETL). Visiting students do not qualify for financial aid.

  • Submit your completed Graduate Data Form. Request form from graduateadmissions@msmc.edu 
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. Minimum GPA of 3.0 from prior undergraduate or graduate work.

Dignity for All Students Act Requirement
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through Mount Saint Mary College as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.

Students with Disabilities Requirement
The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (ED 5001).

Field Work
The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires that all students earning an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education complete 50 hours of supervised field work. To satisfy this requirement your curriculum includes field work experience in all of your required courses. To this end, you must identify a supervising teacher to oversee your field work within 30 days of starting your program. The school site will be chosen by the student and arranged with assistance from the Division of Education.