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Master of Science in Education
St. Thomas Aquinas College offers existing teachers the opportunity to advance their careers in a number of degree areas. The National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education programs (NCATE) has accredited our undergraduate and graduate education programs. We are proud to offer the following options for existing teachers:

  • Educational Leadership (leading to School Building Leader certification)
  • Special Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Special Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Literacy Education (Birth- Grade 6)
  • Literacy Education (Grades 5-12)
  • Post Masters Professional Certificate in Literacy
  • Post Masters Professional Certificate in Special Education

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution;
  • A teaching certificate (not required for Master of Science in Teaching Program);
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • A Graduate Record Exam is required if your GPA is between2.8 and 3.0;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • An interview with the Chairperson of Teacher Education.

Master of Science in Teaching
This program is designed for candidates who have a Bachelor's degree and wish to become teachers. Regular visits to local schools to observe classroom instruction, complete case studies, tutor students and to become fully acquainted with the realities of the 21st century classrooms are an essential component of the program. This fieldwork component helps candidates integrate theoretical principles and research with classroom practice.

The program can be completed in 18 months. Upon satisfactory completion, candidates are recommended for New York State initial teaching certification, Gr 1-6 or Gr 7-12. After two years of successful teaching experience candidates will be eligible for New York State professional teaching certification.

Based on background and interests, candidates may select one of three programs:

  • Childhood Education Grades 1-6 (39 credits)
  • Childhood and Special Education Grades 1-6 (45 credits)
  • Adolescent Education Grades 7-12 (36 credits) specializing in one of the following fields:
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • English
    • Social Studies
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Spanish

Admissions Requirements: In addition to the requirements listed above

  • A 30 credit concentration or major in an area of liberal arts and sciences
  • Six credits in each of the following: English, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language and Mathematics
  • Additional nine credits in liberal arts and sciences

 

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