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Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 Overview

The 36-credit Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7-12, leads to initial/ professional certification. Professional certification candidates must have completed three years of teaching in the area of the certificate.

This program has subject concentrations for:

  • English
  • Math,
  • Social studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Degree-seeking students in all Secondary Education programs must successfully complete the education capstone requirement specific to their degree program prior to degree conferral.

All candidates in Secondary Education are encouraged to join the national professional organization in their respective content fields.

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Career Opportunities

Students can pursue careers as:

  • High school teacher, grades 9–12
  • Middle school teacher, grades 7–8
  • English, mathematics, social studies or science teacher
  • Positions in New York public & private schools

4% Growth

Career Outcomes
Job growth expected to
rise 4% through 2029* 

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$85K Salary

Average Pay
For secondary school teachers  
in New York is more than $85,000*.

36 Credits 

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree 
Courses in TESOL, educational psychology
and adolescent development, and educational
foundations for students with disabilities

What We Offer
The Mercy Advantage

Dual Certification

In addition to the single certification, we offer a dual certification path: 

  • Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12 (English, social studies, mathematics and biology)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • GRE or PRAXIS exam
  • Effective Educator Statement

Students must submit an Effective Educator Statement to complete their application. You can download requirements here. Please submit the completed statement to your application portal

Full-Time Faculty

Eric Martone Interim Dean, SED

Associate Professor
Secondary Education
Associate Professor William Farber
William Farber Associate Professor
Secondary Education
Dr. Gunning
Amanda Gunning Associate Professor
Secondary Education

Co-Director, Center for STEM Education

Chair, Department of Secondary Education
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Nancy Heilbronner Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Associate Professor
Secondary Education
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Meghan Marrero Professor
Secondary Education

Co-Director, Center for STEM Education
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Erica Newhouse Assistant Professor
Secondary Education

Part-Time Faculty

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Howard Miller Adjunct Professor
Secondary Education
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Andrew Peiser Adjunct Professor
Secondary Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get certified in Teaching Students with Disabilities?

Yes, in the following programs: Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Secondary Education, 7-12. 

What education programs do you offer?

The School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Secondary Education, 7-12; Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Educational Supervision; Educational Administration.

What are the graduation requirements?

Successful completion of coursework and other academic requirements.

Are there some frequently used links I might need during the application process?

Program Details & Curriculum


Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements 36 Credits

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements for Dual Certification Candidates 45 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory and practice
  • Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
  • Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
  • Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and broader community