Social Sciences

History BA / MS in Education

Bachelor of Arts in History
Master of Science in Education


This program is designed for students interested in teaching 7th-12th grade History. In five years, students may complete the required courses for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History, a Master of Science in Education (MSEd), and New York Certification in Adolescence Education, with or without dual certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Resident undergraduate students who would like to pursue their graduate degree at the Mount may remain in student housing, while they complete the program.

History/Adolescence Education at the Mount

Students will complete the required courses for the bachelor's degree in History, which will be completed during year four. Students will begin taking master's level courses in Education during the fall semester of year three.

Students apply to the program during spring of their freshman year, and begin the program during fall of their sophomore year. Students may apply for entry into the program at a later time with the approval of the chairs of the Division of Education and Division of Social Sciences. (NB: Later entry may impact the length of program completion time.)

Both degrees will be awarded at the completion of the fifth year of the program.

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.

Program Requirements

Requirements for entrance and continuing enrollment in the five-yearHistory BA/MS in Education are:

Incoming freshmen must meet two of the following three criteria: (a.) 85 scholastic average in high school; (b.) Top 30% of their graduating class; (c.) SAT scores of 1000 (critical reading and mathematics).

Students transferring into the program (internally or externally) must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the five years of the program and must pass Orientation to Teaching. Students who transfer ED 2051 from another college must pass the writing assessment section of ED 2051 at Mount Saint Mary College.

Students in the five-year master's program will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Students who do not meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement in any semester will be placed on probation. Only one probationary period will be allowed; 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 History.

For those who may choose to apply for the five-year master’s degree option after initial admission, either as a transfer student or a Mount student who chooses to change majors, will come under the original admissions stipulations at the time they apply for the five-year master’s option. Each student in the program will be assigned two advisors: one from the Division of Social Sciences and one from the Division of 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).

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.

Learn about our upcoming 2018 CAEP Accreditation Visit.

 Maggie McCarthy History major quote "I have always enjoyed learning about the past. One day I hope to make history exciting for students, like my teachers have done for me."