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  • School of Education

    Department of Secondary Education

    Shape young minds as they prepare to become part of a global community.
Secondary Education

The Department of Secondary Education prepares teachers to meet the needs of children during their middle and high school years as they transition from childhood and adolescence toward taking their place in the world as young adults. 

This 36-credit, nationally recognized program prepares graduates to work with children from grades 7 - 12. Graduates are prepared for New York State Teacher Certification, usually within two years. Students may pursue single certification: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, or English. Dual-certification for teaching students with disabilities: Biology, Mathematics, Social Studies or English. 

Program Highlights

Outstanding Secondary Faculty

  • Both content and pedagogy experts
  • Hold doctoral degrees
  • Were former 7 - 12 classroom teachers
  • Conduct research and publish scholarly works
  • Maintain strong connections in local schools

Recognized for meeting the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This 36-credit program is focused both on developing strong teaching skills and on solidifying content knowledge in mathematics.  

Recognized for meeting the standards of the National Science Teachers Association. This 36-credit program is focused both on developing strong teaching skills and on solidifying content knowledge in science.

Recognized for meeting the standards of the National Council for Social Studies. This 36-credit program is focused both on developing strong teaching skills and on solidifying content knowledge in the social studies, both nationally and globally.

Recognized for meeting the standards of the National Council of Teacher of English. This 36-credit program is focused both on developing strong teaching skills and on solidifying content knowledge in English.

Admission Requirements

MS Programs: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher and pre-requisite course work with a minimum of a C average.

BS Degree and Coursework to Include:

  • Mathematical Processes - 6 credits
    Historical and Social Sciences - 6 credits
  • Language Other Than English - 3 credits
    Information Retrieval - 3 credits
  • Communications/Humanities/Written Analysis and Expression - 3 credits
  • Artistic Expression - 3 credits
  • Scientific Processes - 6 credits
  • 18 - 30 credits in area of certification (e.g. biology, mathematics, etc.)

In addition, candidates should submit the following:

*Please note that all students must take the GRE or Praxis Core Academic Skills Test unless applying for the non-certification (Educational Studies) option.

Department Faculty
  • Amanda M. Gunning, Ph.D., Chair & Science Education
  • Bill Farber, Ed.D., Math Education
  • Nancy Heilbronner, Ph.D., Science Education
  • Meghan Marrero, Ed.D., Science Education
  • Eric Martone, Ph.D., Social Studies Education
  • Erica Newhouse, Ph.D., English Education
Programs Offered