The MST in Adolescence Education and Students with Disabilities prepares candidates to teach all students, including students with disabilities in grade 7-12. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for teaching certification in their content area (7-12) and Students with Disabilities (7-12). The program is similar to the Adolescence program but includes an additional class which addresses the needs of students with exceptional learning needs. In addition to classroom teaching, graduates will be qualified to teach in self-contained classrooms and resource room.
Total Program = 39 credits (All Courses are 3 credits; Student Teaching is 6 credits)
Program Requirements *
Fall (9 credits)
GED 2101 Psychology of Learning/Models of Teaching
Winter Interim (3 credits)
GED 2103 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education
Spring (9 credits)
GED 2402 Reading Across the Curriculum :Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms
Choose one course according to certification area.
GED 2404 English: Teaching Strategies
Pre-Summer (6 credits) *
GESP 2410 Classroom Organization & Management: Secondary Classrooms
Summer (9 credits) *
GED 2403 Adolescent Development: Issues in Learning
Fall (9 credits) *
GESP 2700 Student Teaching (6 credits)
Candidates in the dual certification program are required to complete 150 hours of field experiences 100 hours in childhood education (grades 7-12) and 50 hours in special education (grades 7-12). 30 hours must be in a diverse setting.
In order to become certified to teach Adolescence Education in New York State candidates must pass the following Certification Exams.
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Content Specialty Test (CST)
In addition, to become certified to teach Special Education in New York State candidates must also pass the following Certification Exam.
Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
Content Specialty Test (CST) – Multi-Subjects (7-12)
Candidates seeking certification elsewhere will be able to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements.
*schedule subject to change