MS Education- Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification)
The M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification, Grades 7-12) program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent is designed for career changers or recent college graduates who wish to receive a New York State teaching license.
This 14-month accelerated program consists of 45 credits and blends vital academic content with practical classroom teaching experience through a Teaching Fellows residency program. Fellows are paired with a classroom mentor-teacher. Teaching Fellows work alongside their mentors in a grade-appropriate classroom, attend school-based staff meetings and professional development seminars, and assume instructional responsibilities as assigned. Before starting classroom-based activities in the fall, all Teaching Fellows attend a College of Mount Saint Vincent summer institute designed to provide the professional knowledge and skills upon which to build a successful career in education.
Successful completion of this program and required license exams lead to a Master’s degree plus two teaching licenses covering grades 7-12: one is in a content area such as Biology, English, History or Mathematics, and the other is in Special Education.
The M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification, Grades 7-12) requires the completion of 45 credits.
Students will choose one (1) of the following methods courses based on their undergraduate academic major. Each course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach an academic discipline effectively in middle and high school.
- EDUC 510 Teaching English in Middle and Secondary School
- EDUC 511 Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary School
- EDUC 512 Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary School
- EDUC 514 Teaching Science in the Middle and Secondary School
Additionally, students will select courses from the following:
- EDUC 502 Foundations in Urban and Multicultural Education
- EDUC 506 Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
- EDUC 515 Practicum in Adolescent Education
- EDUC 526 Student Teaching in Adolescent Education
- EDUC 527 Classroom Management and Social Skills Instruction
- EDUC 602 Research for Classroom Teachers
- EDUC 620 Teaching Literacy in Inclusive Middle and High School Classrooms
- EDUC 702 Education and Development of the Middle School Learner
- EDUC 712 Strategies for Inclusion
- EDUC 714 Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special Learners
- EDUC 716 Life Span Special Education
- EDUC 728 Teaching Across the Content Areas: Pedagogy in English Language Arts and Social Studies
- EDUC 729 Teaching Across the Content Areas: Pedagogy in Mathematics and Science
- EDUC 751 Student Teaching in Special Education
All courses in the education program are evaluated with letter grades. The pass/fail distinction is used only with the final comprehensive exam.
All students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Students take this examination at the completion of the program and must register at least three months before the published test administration date.
Exit Criteria and Certification
A student who successfully completes all academic and professional requirements will be recommended by the Teacher Education Department for initial/professional New York State certification in appropriate-content area grades 7-12 and special education grades 7-12. Academic requirements include completion of all courses with the prescribed grades and grade point average. Professional requirements include the demonstration of effective behaviors appropriate to the profession.
New Workshop Requirement
Effective December 31, 2013, the New York State Department of Education requires all applicants for Certification to complete six clock hours of coursework or training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (Article 2, Sections 10-18 of the NYS Education Law). This training will be provided on-campus at least once during each academic year. Students must complete this workshop prior to program completion in order to receive College endorsement for certification.
New York State Certification
NYS Certification for M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 7-12)
Students who successfully complete the graduate program in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 7-12) will:
- Fulfill the academic requirements for New York State initial /professional certification in a content area (Biology, English, History or Mathematics Grades 7-12)
- Fulfill the academic requirements for New York State initial/professional certification in Students with Disabilities Generalist Grades 7-12
- Be recommended to New York State for initial/ professional certification in the aforementioned areas
Candidates will be informed of the certification process prior to program completion.
About the School
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is a nationally recognized independent, liberal arts college. Committed to the Catholic tradition and ecumenism, the Mount offers more than 40 undergraduate programs ... Read More