Five-Year Program

English BA / MS in Education

Bachelor of Arts in English
Master of Science in Education

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Save time and money and continue your education with professors you already know and love!

The five-year English BA / MS in Education program is designed for students interested in teaching 7th-12th grade English. Over the course of five years, students who graduate from this program will earn:

✔️Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English
✔️New York Certification in Adolescence Education
✔️Dual Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities
✔️Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Why study English/Adolescence Education at the Mount?

The real question is, why not? This unique program allows students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees from the same institution. It's an easy transition, since you'll already be comfortable with the faculty. Plus, you'll save time and money, stay in your on-campus housing, and have the opportunity to learn from incredible faculty in both the English and Education programs!

Plus, you know that you'll be getting a solid education thanks to our accreditation. 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).

(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 Certification Exams. We encourage you to click on the link to see the success of our students on their certification exams.)


"Being a Mount English and Education student provided me with the foundational knowledge I needed to become a teacher."

— Urszula Wyluda, English major

What to expect as an English BA / MS in Education student

In order to complete so many degrees and certifications in just five years, the five year English BA / MS in Education program is very rigorous. It will take dedication, but you can do it! 

Prospective (incoming) students:

  • Students are admitted in the English BA / MS in Education program during the spring semester of their freshman year at the Mount. However, to be considered, you must meet two of the three criteria below during high school:
    • 85 GPA average,
    • Top 30% of graduating class, OR
    • SAT scores of 1000+ (critical reading and mathematics)
  • Students may transfer into the program (either from within the Mount or from another institution) if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. If you are a current student looking to transfer into this program, you must receive approval from the chairs of the Division of Education and Arts and Letters in order to enter (though later entry may impact the program's completion time). Students who transfer ED 2051 from another college must also pass the writing assessment section of the course at the Mount.

During the program:
Students apply to be part of the English BA / MS in Education program during the spring semester of their freshman year at the Mount. You'll begin with your courses for the bachelor's degree in English, which will be completed during year 4, and courses towards Education certification. Graduate level Education courses will begin in year 3.

Students enrolled in this program are evaluated at the end of each semester and are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the five years of the program, in addition to passing Orientation to Teaching (the first course of the program). You may be allotted one probationary period if your GPA does not meet the minimum 3.0; students who fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement for more than one semester will be removed from the program and placed into a BA program in English.

Students in the five-year master’s degree program may choose to drop the program and enter a bachelor’s program at Mount Saint Mary College at any time. However, no more than 6 credits of graduate education courses may be counted toward an individual bachelor’s degree if a student leaves the five-year master’s program for any reason. These graduate credits may not then be used toward a master’s degree.

Both undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded upon completion of year 5 of the program.

We know this sounds like a lot, but don't worry: each student will be assigned two advisors, one from the Division of Arts and Letters and one from the Division of Education to help guide you through the program! All of your hard work will be worth it when you're finally at the head of your own classroom, ready to make a difference and teach the subject you love to the next generation.

>> Learn more about daily life as a Mount English major!


Be prepared for your future

Being an English BA / MS in Education student puts you on the fast track to your future. When you leave the Mount five years from now, you'll be ready to take on a role as a middle or high school English teacher. Since you'll benefit from years of fieldwork and student teaching experience beginning in your freshman year, you'll already have relationships with a number of area school districts who will be eager to hire you.


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