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  • M.S. in Secondary Education, Grades 7-12

    Specialized tracks that fit your level of teaching experience
    Become a teacher of secondary education (Grades 7-12) in English, mathematics, social studies and science.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    School of Education
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights & Online
    Credits:
    36

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Secondary Education, Grades 7-12 M.S. Curriculum

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements for Initial Certification Candidates 30 Credits
Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements for Advanced Program Candidates 36 Credits

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

  • EDUC 500 Edu Fnd Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 506 Ed Evl/Assmt ECldhd-Adol&Dsabl
  • EDUC 507 Aprchs Lit: EChldhd-Adolescenc
  • EDUC 511* Mthds & Mtrls Adlscnc Ed
  • EDUC 517 Educ Psych & Adlscnt Dvlpmnt
  • EDUC 518 Mthds & Mtrls in Mid Chldhd Ed
  • EDUC 643 Read/Write Cntnt Area Grd 5-12
  • EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience
  • OR
  • EDUC 713** Seminar in Teaching

* Requires completion of 12 credits of coursework prior to course registration.

** Required in lieu of student teaching course for eligible candidates.

Candidates pursuing a degree in Secondary Education will take two courses in their respective content area as part of the degree requirements. Candidates may register for the two courses in any semester prior to culminating course and relevant clinical teaching requirement. These courses will be offered on a rotating schedule during the fall and spring semesters.

Candidates pursuing certification in English will take:

  • ENGE 540 Applied English Grammar
  • ENGE 541 Analyzing Short Fiction

Candidates pursuing certification in Social Studies will takeone course focused on the United States and one course with a global focus. The courses with a focus on the United States are:

  • HSTE 533 Critical Issues in US History
  • HSTE 535 American Government

The courses with a global focus are:

  • HSTE 534 Critical Issues in Global Hist
  • HSTE 536 Theories of Globalization

Candidates pursuing certification in Mathematics will take:

  • MTHE 535 Problem Solving in Mathematics
  • MTHE 536 History of Mathematics

Candidates pursuing certification in Biology will take any two of the following:

  • SCIE 555 Forensic Science
  • SCIE 556 Oceanography
  • SCIE 557 Bioengineering

Candidates pursuing certification in Physics will take any two of the following:

  • SCIE 555 Forensic Science
  • SCIE 556 Oceanography
  • SCIE 558 Physical Science

Candidates pursuing certification in Chemistry will take any two of the following:

  • SCIE 555 Forensic Science
  • SCIE 556 Oceanography
  • SCIE 558 Physical Science

This degree leads to single certification.

Candidates in Secondary Mathematics, Biology, English, and Social Studies may pursue additional certification as follows. However, please note that the tracks listed below are for New York State certification only and are not part of the degree program.

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grade 7–12, with an additional certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities

The M.S. leads to initial certification in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12, and teaching Student with Disabilities, Grade 7–12, requires completion of the above 12 course required for degree conferral and completion of the three courses listed below:

  • EDUC 532 Tchng Stdnts with Dsblts 5-12
  • EDUC 546 Educ Assesmnt SWD
  • EDUC 548 Prin/Strat Clsrm Mgt for SWD

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements for Advanced Program Candidates

  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 505 Tchng English as 2nd Lang
  • EDUC 506 Ed Evl/Assmt ECldhd-Adol&Dsabl
  • EDUC 507 Aprchs Lit: EChldhd-Adolescenc
  • EDUC 517 Educ Psych & Adlscnt Dvlpmnt
  • EDUC 518 Mthds & Mtrls in Mid Chldhd Ed
  • EDUC 590 Teach Writing/Writing Process
  • EDUC 607 Education Law
  • EDUC 643 Read/Write Cntnt Area Grd 5-12
  • EDUC 537** Crtcl Issues In Amrcn Edctn

Candidates pursuing a degree in Adolescence Education will take two courses in their respective content area as part of the degree requirements. Candidates may register for the two courses in any semester prior to registration in EDUC 537.

Candidates pursuing certification in English will take:

  • ENGE 540 Applied English Grammar
  • ENGE 541 Analyzing Short Fiction

Candidates pursuing certification in Social Studies will take one course focused on the United States and one course with a global focus. The courses focused on the United States are:

  • HSTE 533 Critical Issues in US History
  • Or
  • HSTE 535 American Government

The courses with a global focus are:

  • HSTE 534 Critical Issues in Global Hist
  • Or
  • HSTE 536 Theories of Globalization

Candidates pursuing certification in Mathematics will take:

  • MTHE 535 Problem Solving in Mathematics
  • MTHE 536 History of Mathematics

Candidates pursuing certification in Biology will take two of the following courses:

  • SCIE 555 Forensic Science
  • SCIE 556 Oceanography
  • SCIE 557 Bioengineering

Candidates may pursue additional certification as follows. However, please note that the tracks listed below are for New York State certification only and are not part of the degree program.

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grade 7–12, with an additional certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities

The M.S. leading to professional certification in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12, and Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grade 7–12, requires completion of the above 12 courses required for degree conferral and completion of the three courses below:

  • EDUC 532 Tchng Stdnts with Dsblts 5-12
  • EDUC 546 Educ Assesmnt SWD
  • EDUC 548 Prin/Strat Clsrm Mgt for SWD
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. You can also get certified in special education as an extension to your already existing certification.
What are the graduation requirements?
Successful completion of coursework and practicums, passing grades on state examinations.
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); Bilingual Extension to a Teaching Certificate; School Building Leadership; Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Andrew Peiser Professor, Secondary Education
Howard Miller Professor, Secondary Education
Meghan Marrero Associate Professor, Secondary Education
William Farber Associate Professor, Secondary Education
Eric Martone Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Amanda Gunning Assistant Professor, Secondary Education
Terri Lynn Germain-Williams Assistant Professor, Secondary Education

Secondary Education, Grades 7-12 Overview

The 36-credit Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7-12, leads to either initial or professional certification. Placement in one of two tracks is determined by a candidate's undergraduate preparation and teaching experience. Pre-practice candidates will pursue a course of study (Track A) leading to degree conferral and eligibility for Initial New York State certification. Candidates who are currently working and have at least one year's experience as teachers of record in classrooms in private, parochial or charter schools will participate in the Track B course of study. Track B candidates who do not yet have appropriate experience at both the lower and upper grade levels covered by their prospective certification area(s) will fulfill this requirement by completing 20 days of supervised student teaching in each area in which they do not already have such experience. Professional certification candidates must have completed three years of teaching in the area of the certificate.

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Secondary Education program may pursue teaching positions in grades 7 through 12 in the areas of English, mathematics, social studies, and science.

Secondary Education, Grades 7-12 FAQS

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. You can also get certified in special education as an extension to your already existing certification.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
School of Education

Secondary Education, Grades 7-12 Fast Facts

  • Recognized by national accrediting bodies
  • Small faculty-to-teacher candidate ratios
  • Combination of theoretical and practical with fieldwork experiences in most courses
  • Courses available at all campuses or on-line
  • Differentiated courses for pre-service and full-time teachers seeking the masters degree and/or certification
  • Rich classroom-based clinical experience with expert mentoring and supervision
  • Pursue optional extension certificate for students with disabilities
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Purpose

The programs of study in the School of Education are designed to provide professional preparation for candidates planning to teach and serve as educational leaders.

Mission Statement of the School of Education

The Mercy College educational unit is dedicated to preparing effective educators, including teachers and other school professionals, who are reflective practitioners, equipped with the knowledge base, technological skills, research tools, and professional strategies and insights to empower them to help diverse populations of students succeed in their learning and community environments. The values of competency, diversity, and ethical practice support the proficient development of candidates enabling them to become skilled professionals and lifelong learners. The unit is committed to creating innovative, flexible, and accessible programs of study for its candidates, and to developing partnerships and opportunities for collaboration and clinical experiences within Mercy College and with external communities.

Accreditations

All initial certification programs are nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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