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Academics: Graduate

PLEASE NOTE:

The college will be suspending the Master of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching for French, Spanish, Earth Science, Chemistry and Mathematics. program because of cuts to the New Paltz operating budget. No new students are being admitted. Students currently matriculated in these programs will be given an opportunity to complete their degree program. For more information, please see the questions & answers attached to the 2009-10 Budget Plan Announcement.

For admissions-related questions, please contact Caroline Murphy, Regional Education, (845) 257-3285 or gradschool@newpaltz.edu.


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Chemistry

The program usually requires full-time graduate study, including two summers and three semesters. Completion of the program leads to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, provisional certification, and satisfaction of the academic requirements for permanent certification (which will be granted by New York State following the completion of two years of teaching and passing grades on the final two parts of the New York State Teacher Examination). A total of 36 graduate credits and a student teaching experience carrying 12 undergraduate credits are required for the degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Two official copies of a baccalaureate transcript from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.00 cumulative average in the major and at least 60 semester hour credits in liberal arts.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Prospective students are urged to consult with the Secondary Education advisor before applying.

Program Requirements

  • File a "plan of study" during the first semester after matriculation.
  • Completion of prescribed course work and other requirements within five years after matriculation.
  • Any deficiency in the candidate's previous training resulting from inadequate undergraduate preparation in the subject area or major shall be removed by early advisement with the Secondary Education advisor.
  • Completion of a research component.
  • Successful performance on a comprehensive examination or other culminating project.
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.00 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Student teaching (12 undergraduate credits).

Curriculum Requirements......................48 credits

Professional Education............................18

Required courses (6 graduate credits):

EDS538 Psychological Foundations of Education

EDS539 Social Foundations of Education

Secondary Education (6 graduate credits, selected under advisement):

SEDXXX Methods

SEDXXX A specialty course in the student's field

Electives (6 graduate credits).

Two courses from the offerings of the School of Education, to be selected under advisement.

Liberal Studies........................................15

(15 credits in the academic discipline selected under advisement.)

Research Component............................... 3

EDI798 Principles of Research

OR

SED712 Recent Research in Education

OR

XX795 Independent Study in the discipline or in professional education

Student Teaching...................................(12 undergraduate credits)

One semester of college-supervised student teaching, with assignments both at the middle school/junior high school level (grades 7-9) and at the high school level (grades 10-12). Observations made by the college supervisor during this experience will meet the state mandate for assessment of teaching skills.

Additional State Certification Requirements

In addition to degree requirements, candidates must meet several New York State certification requirements. For provisional certification, these include:

1. Attending a two-hour workshop on recognizing and reporting symptoms of child abuse and neglect.

2. Passing state required examinations on general and professional knowledge. Required examinations are the New York State Teacher Certification Examination Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W).

3. Students who majored in a discipline as undergraduates other than the discipline in which they are majoring as graduate students must also take the Content Specialty Test of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination.

Additionally, for permanent certification, the following requirements must be met:

1. Two years of satisfactory teaching experience;

2. Passing an examination developed specifically for New York State in the subject matter of the certification area;

3. Demonstration of teaching proficiency.

 

Master of Science in Education (MSE), Secondary (7-12) Chemistry

The purposes of the secondary education programs are: to provide relevant programs leading to the Master of Science in Education degree; to make teachers proficient in subject content, teacher methodology, and knowledge of students; and to assist in the development of performance competency. Courses are offered which permit students to complete part of the requirements for permanent certification in New York State.

Admission Requirements

  • Two official copies of a baccalaureate transcript from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.00 cumulative average in the major.
  • A copy of a valid teaching certificate.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Students specializing in English must have completed 36 semester hours of English, exclusive of freshman composition.
  • Students specializing in Mathematics must have completed a minimum of 21 semester hours beyond Calculus II for a total of at least 36 semester hours in Mathematics.
  • Prospective students are urged to consult with the Secondary Education advisor before applying.

Program Requirements

  • File a "plan of study" during the first semester after matriculation.
  • Completion of prescribed course work and other requirements within five years after matriculation.
  • Any deficiency in the candidate's previous training resulting from inadequate undergraduate preparation in the subject area or major shall be removed by early advisement with the Secondary Education advisor.
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.00 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Foreign language competency (foreign language majors only).
  • Successful performance on a comprehensive examination or other culminating project.

Curriculum Requirements.........................30 credits (33 for Social Studies)

Chemistry (7-12)

Professional Education.............................. 9

Chemistry..................................................15

A mathematics course in integral and differential calculus must also be completed, unless taken previously.

Elective....................................................... 3

EDI798, Principles of Research OR

CHE595, Independent Study (Chemistry).. 3