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School of Education: Graduate Programs MST

MST Master of Science in Teaching
Switching careers is a tough decision. Helping you become a teacher, though, is a specialty in the School of Education at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Designed for career changers or graduates that have earned their degrees in areas other than education, the MST program is offered in several content areas and can be completed in as few as 16 months.

At admission, candidates receive a curriculum sheet indicating the courses required to complete the MST degree. Candidates are assigned an advisor who is a member of the graduate teacher education faculty. Candidates meet with advisors on a regular basis to verify their good standing in the program and for registration purposes.

For the convenience of our graduate candidates, the School of Education offers MST classes in late afternoon and evening.

MST Inclusive Childhood Education Grades 1-6
Candidates who complete the post baccalaureate level program are prepared to teach students in grades
1-6 and are eligible for New York State teacher certification in the area of Childhood Education Grades 1-6. Candidates complete thirty-nine (39) credits in pedagogy course work including six (6) credits in student teaching.
Click here for Curriculum Worksheet: MST Inclusive Childhood Education Grades 1-6

MST: Childhood and Special Education: Grades 1-6 (Dual Certification)
Candidates in the MST Inclusive Childhood Education Program may extend their certification to include special education. The Special Education Program leads to the Master of Science in Teaching degree. Candidates that complete the initial post baccalaureate level program are prepared to teach students with mild disabilities in grades 1-6 and are eligible for New York State teacher certification in the areas of Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and Special Education Grades 1-6. Candidates complete 45 credits in pedagogy courses, including six credits in student teaching.
Click here for Worksheet: MST Inclusive Childhood & Special Education Grades 1-6

MST Inclusive Secondary Education (Adolescence Certification) Grades 7-12
Candidates in the MST Inclusive Secondary Education (Adolescent Certification:): Grades 7-12 program are prepared to teach students in grades 7-12 and are eligible for New York State teacher certification in a content area for Adolescence Education Grades 7-12. Candidates complete 36 credits in pedagogy course work, including six in student teaching.
Click here for Curriculum Worksheet: MST Inclusive Secondary Education 7-12

MST: Art Education (Grades K-12)
Click here for Curriculum Worksheet: MST Art Education (Grades K-12)

MST: Adolescence & Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)
Candidates in the MST 7-12 Students with Disabilities program are prepared to teach special education in a content area in grades 7-12. The program is 42 credits, which includes a student teaching semester worth 6 credits. The New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) is required upon admission to the program. All candidates will be required to complete the NYS Educational Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA) during student teaching.
Click here for Curriculum Worksheet: MST Adolescence & Students with Disabilities 7-12

School of Education: Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Education: MSEd
The School of Education offers practicing teachers the opportunity to advance their careers with a number of degrees. Certified teachers can start these programs in the fall, spring, or summer and late afternoon classes enable flexibility after the school day.

MSEd in Educational Leadership
The Educational Leadership program is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) and is offered online. Designed to prepare school personnel to become school building leaders, the program focuses on relevant theory, best practices, current research, and critical issues. Graduates of this program assume the role of school building leaders in such positions as building principals, assistant principals, departmental chairpersons, and pupil personnel directors. The 30 credit field based program consists of 24 credits of core course requirements and 6 credits of supervised internship. The program qualifies candidates to seek initial New York State Certification as a School Building Leader.

MSEd in Literacy
The comprehensive, field based program in literacy is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association (IRA). The program consists of 36 credits with 30 credits of core requirements including a supervised practicum in teaching literacy and 6 credits of electives in Special Education, Teacher leadership, or Middle level instruction. The program uses an integrated approach that includes assessment, planning, instruction, and critical reflection to prepare professionals who are proficient in providing literacy instruction to all students. An additional goal is to prepare professionals proficient in organizing and supervising literacy programs in schools. The program meets certification requirements for reading specialist/literacy coach and is offered at two developmental levels:
Early Childhood and Childhood Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and Middle Childhood and Adolescence Literacy (Grades 5- 12)

MSED Early Childhood and Childhood Literacy: Birth --- Grade 6 curriculum sheet: click here
MSED Middle Childhood and Adolescence Literary Grades 5-12 curriculum sheet: click here

MSEd in Special Education
The extensive field-based Special Education program is designed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities in a variety of settings such as special self-contained classes, resource room, and co-taught classrooms. The program provides knowledge and skills, including instructional strategies, assessment, and collaboration, related to teaching children and adolescents with disabilities. The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The program consists of 36 credits with 30 credits of core requirements including a supervised practicum in teaching special education and 6 credits of electives in Literacy, Teacher leadership, or Middle level instruction.

The program is offered at two developmental levels meeting certification requirements for teaching students with disabilities with an option to specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders at either level. This option allows candidates to pursue an annotation in severe or multiple disabilities.

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