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Program Requirements

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Adolescence Education (Grades 7 to 12) must take the following courses in education:

Course 33-36 Credits
EDI 551 Psychology of the Adolescent Student 3
EDI 555
Or
EDI 601
Social & Organizational Foundations of the High School

Social Foundations of Education
3
EDS 612 Literacy, Teaching and Learning: Grades 5-12 3
EDS 641 Literacy in the Content Area: Grades 5-12 3
EDS 643 Education for Cultural Diversity 3
EDI 700 Introduction to Educational Research: The Teacher as Researcher 3
EDI 610 Curriculum & Teaching in Middle & High Schools 3
EDI 651-660 Methods of Teaching in Specific Areas (i.e., Biology, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Spanish 3
EDI 677 Curriculum & Assessment for Classroom Teachers 3
EDI 712 Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar 6
Final Project or Comprehensive Exam or EDI 750-Thesis 0-3

In addition to the above courses, students take 18 to 21 credits within the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum. You can select from one of the following concentrations: Biology, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Spanish.

Culminating Experience

The number of credits required for the program ranges 45 to 49 credits, depending on your culminating experience. You can choose one of three culminating experiences at the end of your coursework:

  • Option 1: Student Teaching Portfolio (45 credits), which consists of artifacts from your student-teaching experiences (i.e., lesson plans, journal of experiences, research, reports and projects).
  • Option 2: Comprehensive Exam (45 credits), which is a written essay exam that assesses your knowledge of teaching and the teaching process that was acquired throughout the program’s coursework. There is no thesis/research paper required for this option. This option is for students whose student-teaching requirements are waived.
  • Option 3: Education Thesis (48 credits), which consists of an original research paper. This option requires three additional credits. Students can pursue the thesis in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam or Student Teaching Portfolio. This is an option sought by students who plan deeper research at the post-master’s level.

After you complete all degree requirements and successfully pass New York state certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education for Birth to Grade 2. If you are a certified teacher with three years of teaching experience, you will be eligible to apply for Professional Teaching Certification upon completion of the program. Please see the Teaching Certification Requirements home page for details.