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Five-Year BS/BA & MS Teacher Education Programs

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The Five-Year BS/BA & MS Programs are innovative academic programs that allow students who are interested in the teaching profession to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Students earn a B.S. or B.A. in one of the following majors in four years and complete a fifth year leading to an M.S. in education and initial teacher certification:

B.S. M.S.
Mathematics Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12
Biology Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12
Behavioral Science Early Childhood Education, Birth - Grade 2
Behavioral Science Childhood Education, Grades 1 - 6
Psychology Early Childhood Education, Birth - Grade 2
Psychology Childhood Education, Grades 1 - 6
B.A. M.S.
English Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12
History Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12
Spanish TESOL, Pre-K - 12

A key feature of these programs is that students can take up to 15 graduate education credits during their junior and senior years, charged at the lower undergraduate tuition rate. These credits can be used toward satisfying both the bachelor’s as well as the master’s degree requirements. Combining undergraduate and graduate degree programs streamlines the teacher preparation program and enables students to achieve teacher certification on an accelerated basis, reducing the time and cost needed to earn a master’s degree. In addition, the multiple career options offer students the opportunity to acquire skills and credentials in several teaching specialization areas, thus increasing their employment potential in schools that need teachers to fill multiple and flexible roles.

  • Take 15 graduate credits while an undergraduate, charged at the lower undergraduate tuition rate
  • Work with experienced expert professors with real world experience
  • Participate in fieldwork and real-life applications
  • Attend small classes
  • Take New York State Certification workshops on-site
  • NY Regents diploma with 85+ average
  • Placed at ENGL 111 and MATH 115 on Mercy University placement exam

Mary Ellen Hoffman, Associate Dean: or 914-674-7334