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The School of Education offers students holding a baccalaureate degree an opportunity to earn elementary (1-6) school teaching certification and a master's degree in teaching. The typical candidate for the Master of Science for Teachers (MST) will hold a bachelor's degree in one of the liberal arts or sciences from an accredited college and will have a background in history, a foreign language, mathematics, English and science.
Note: As of the Fall of 2002 the MST program will be offered in Childhood (grade one through grade six). The PreK-6 program will not be offered after that date.
The program includes instruction in the foundations of education, in developmentally appropriate teaching practices, and in subject area pedagogy in elementary school curriculum and instruction. This rigorous course of study is demanding and requires a commitment to scholarship and academic excellence.
The program can be completed in four semesters, including one semester of full-time student teaching. Upon graduation, students will receive the Master of Science for Teachers (MST) degree and will have completed all academic requirements for both initial and professional New York State certification. Initial certification will be awarded upon graduation and after passing all New York State certification examinations, completion of mandated seminars (Project SAVE, Child Abuse) and fingerprinting. Professional certification is awarded through the New York State Department of Education after five years of teaching experience.