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Advanced Programs Handbook

MST Application Process to School of Education
There is a separate application process to the School of Education.

Admission to the initial post baccalaureate level (MST) teacher education programs requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution verifying the completion of a liberal arts major or 30 credit concentration in an academic area of the New York State learning standards and that meets the standards of a particular specialized professional association (e.g. NCSS, NCTE, NCTM, NSTA)

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher: GRE or MAT scores (for an overall GPA between 2.8 and 2.99) and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the major

  • Submission of a supervised writing sample
  • Completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST, NYS Teacher Certification Examination)
  • Submission of three references

  • The Coordinator of MST programs reviews the application and notifies applicants of the outcome of the admission decision.

  • The applicants will be asked to indicate their desire to pursue a degree that leads to teacher certification by signing a Statement of Intention agreeing to all School of Education rules and regulations governing academic integrity and professional dispositions.

  • Once accepted into the program, the Office of Graduate Education will maintain files for all graduates.

Progression through the MST Program:
Candidates' performance in the MST program is reviewed at the end of the first fall semester when they apply for matriculation. To continue in the MST program, candidates must:

  • Apply for matriculation after completing nine credits and
  • Maintain the required level of academic performance:
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0.

By the end of the first fall semester:

  • Submit two copies of the application for admission to student teaching.

By the end of the spring semester candidates must:

  • Submit an academic reference from a teacher education faculty member
  • Apply for fingerprint clearance
  • Register for certification on the NYSED TEACH website

The Coordinator of MST programs reviews the application for matriculation. Candidates who fail to meet the requirements are notified in writing by the Director of Graduate Education who schedules an interview for the candidate with the Candidate Review Committee. The purpose of the interview is to assist the candidate in developing realistic goals and plans. Candidates are notified in writing of the outcome of the interview.

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