Teaching & Learning


M.S. in Adolescence Education - Pedagogy only (Grades 7-12)

Become a middle or high school teacher in as little as 16 months

The Master of Science degree in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) is designed to educate and train new teachers who possess a strong academic background in core subjects. This program is geared for change-of-career professionals seeking to make an impact in the field of education.

The program is offered through LIU Post’s nationally recognized College of Education and Information Sciences and expands teaching opportunities for individuals who have studied subjects such as English, science or foreign languages and want to become New York State-certified teachers of those subjects.

Acceptance into the program is contingent upon students having an undergraduate or graduate concentration (minimum 30 credits) in English, mathematics, history, earth science, biology, chemistry or languages other than English (Spanish, Italian or German). Successful completion of the 33-credit Master of Science in Adolescence Education leads to teaching certification in New York State and provides a thorough development of students’ teaching skills.

Call (516) 299-2900 or visit Admissions Events for more information.

Adolescence Education, M.S., Pedagogy Only (Blended)

Five courses (15 credits) will be delivered in a blended format with approximately 80% delivered online. The remaining courses in this program are delivered face-to-face.

Certification Requirements
  • Successful passing of the New York State Certification Examinations (LAST, ATSW and CST)
  • Attendance at a two-hour Child Abuse Seminar
  • Attendance at a two-hour Violence Prevention Seminar

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits

EDI 551

Psychology of the Adolescent Student


EDI 555

Social & Organizational Foundations of High Schools


EDI 610

Curriculum & Teaching in Middle & High School – General Methods of Teaching


EDI 643

Education for Cultural Diversity


EDS 641

Literacy in the Content Area: Grades 5-12


EDS 612

Literacy Teaching and Learning Grades 5-12


EDS 633

Accommodating Learners w/ Special Needs-Inclusive Setting


EDI 677

Curriculum & Assessment for Classroom Teachers


EDI 700

Introduction to Educational Research


EDI ___

Methods of Teaching in Specific Areas – Social Studies (EDI 660), Math (EDI 659), Science (EDI 655), English (EDI 658) Choose one


Culminating Experience

EDI 712

Supervised Student Teaching



EDI 551 Psychology of the Adolescent Student This course examines various aspects of adolescent psychological development, including cognition, social relationships, stress, self-esteem and political and moral development. Considerable attention is given to gender, race, ethnicity, the special adolescent and the "at risk" student.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

EDI 555 Organizational and Social Foundation of the High School

This course explores the foundational aspects of high school education. Various perspectives will aid the asking/answering of foundational questions, such as: How do philosophy and culture inform how students at the high school levels think about teaching and learning? What is the teaching- learning connection? Is learning the same as developing? By engaging in dialectical methods of critical inquiry, students will reexamine the philosophical, sociological, historical, political and cultural contexts of their educational pedagogy. To this effect, traditional definitions of race, class and gender will also be explored with emphasis on issues of ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and the relationship between the public and the private notions of identity. This course will further examine the underpinnings of such belief structures and explore alternate ways of knowing. Credits: 3

Every Spring


EDI 610 General Methods of Teaching in Middle and High School

Cross-listed as LIS 625

This course is a study of generic instructional techniques in which the student begins to explore the development of a repertoire of methodologies and materials to match instructional purposes.

Students are expected to demonstrate mastery in a variety of teaching methods.

Prerequisites: EDI 551 OR 600

Pre OR Co requisites: EDI 643 OR ARTH 609 Credits: 3

Every Spring

EDI 643 Education for Cultural Diversity

The principles and practices of multicultural education are studied in this course, which provides a practical approach to implementation of a culturally diverse Curriculum and Instruction.

Major issues covered include human rights, involvement of parents and the community, criteria for multicultural curricula, assessment and evaluation strategies, global issues in education, and formulating an agenda for educational and social action.

Pre or Co requisite(s): EDI 601 or 655 and EDI 600 or 551

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring


EDI 677 Curriculum Development for the Classroom Teacher

This course examines principles of curriculum construction, planning, development and justification in relationship to historical, theoretical and practical considerations of purpose, content and the organization of educational experiences.

Consideration is given to principles of curriculum research and evaluation. The course embraces concerns of the school and non-school settings for educational experiences.

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring


EDI 700 Introduction to Educational Research This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the theories and practices of teacher action research in education. Students will be introduced to the theoretical background underlying teacher action research and engage in analytic and practical activities designed to demonstrate a systematic and reflexive inquiry into classroom practice. Components include (1) developing research questions, (2) designing and planning a meaningful research study, (3) collecting and analyzing data in ethical ways, (4) representing findings, and (5) incorporating the findings into practice. By the end of the course, students will know how to use action research in their educational practice.

Prerequisite: 12 credits of EDI/EDS required Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring

EDS 612 Literacy Teaching & Learning: Grades 5- 12

This course is designed to introduce the content and methods of literacy instruction for adolescent students. Beliefs and theories which have become the basis for instructional practices will also be discussed, as will the use of technologies which might offer new insight and opportunities for adolescent literacy instruction.

Prerequisite of EDS 610 is required Credits: 3


EDS 633 Accommodating Learners with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (Includes Technology and Inclusion)

Inclusion represents one of the most significant challenges facing education in recent years. It requires critical changes in attitudes and practice for both general and special educators. This course will explore the concept of inclusion, discuss it from both a theoretical and practical perspective, and present strategies necessary for it to be successful. Included will be discussions of historical and current perspectives, collaboration among professionals, practical classroom administration, instructional adaptations, etc. One specific mechanism to facilitate inclusion will be the use of assistive and instructional technologies with an emphasis on those that can assist in the integration of students with disabilities. The course also included 10 hours of filed observation.

Summer class may be offered on occasion. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of EDS 600 is required Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring


EDS 641 Literacy In Content Area 5-12 In this course, significant issues concerning adolescent literacy across the curriculum

will be highlighted. Specifically, information concerning literacy development in adolescents will be explored in the context of varied philosophies, theories and practical applications. From this context, a range of viewpoints will be discussed and analyzed to provide a foundation for identifying and appraising a variety of perspectives on each issue concerning content are literacy for adolescents.

Co-requisite of EDS 610 is required for all Childhood/Literacy and Childhood/Special Education plans only. No prerequisites for Adolescent plans.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

Major Requirements:  Choose one of the following


EDI 655 Methods and Materials of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

Existing curricula, trends and issues in science instruction in grades 7-12 are examined in light of recent advances in science content and in teaching for process, planning instruction, assessment strategies, classroom management, and the use of easily available materials for laboratory activities. Demonstration lessons are taught by members of the class. The interaction of science and technology and the implication for the development of values and attitudes in today's youth are discussed.

Prerequisites: EDI 551, 555, 643, 677

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring

EDI 658 Methods and Materials of Teaching English in Secondary Schools

The course explores the scope and sequence of instruction in secondary English. Students have the opportunity to design and teach lessons, to videotape their teaching and to observe experienced teachers of English.

Prerequisites: EDI 551, 555, 643, 677

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring

EDI 659 Method and Materials of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools

The psychological and educational dimensions of teaching mathematics as a secondary school subject are explored. Detailed analysis of the content of algebra I, algebra II, geometry, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and other branches of secondary school mathematics are explored.

Prerequisites: EDI 551, 555, 643, 677

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring

EDI 660 Methods and Materials of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the content areas which comprise social studies and to examine the methods relevant to its teaching. It is intended that the student becomes aware of a variety of approaches used in dealing with the subject and creates a method with which to present his or her competence. In addition, the course seeks to provide the understanding that the process of social studies is one of synthesis of the academic areas in the social sciences and that its teaching necessitates creativity. To that end, students are encouraged to enter the public schools for the purpose of observing of teaching styles.

Prerequisites: EDI 551, 555, 643, 677

Credits: 3

Every Fall and Spring




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