Master of Science in Secondary Education

Initial Certificates in Adolescent Education in Grades 7-12

  • English
  • Foreign Languages (French, Spanish)
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)

To educate exemplary teachers with content expertise and commitment to generative learning, social justice, community, and democracy.

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Guiding Principles:

  • A deep knowledge of subject matter is required for effective teaching
  • Reflective thinking is essential to student and teacher learning
  • Collaboration and collegiality are essential to learning, teaching, and life in a democracy
  • Learning guides teaching
  • Teaching is a moral activity based on an ethic of care
  • Teachers are aware of themselves as members of a world community
  • Teachers are professionals

Students who successfully complete the program as well as pass the appropriate New York State examinations are eligible for NYS certification to teach their major subject.


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MSSE Coursework Sequence and Program Structure:

16 Month, Full-Time Program
(Summer - Academic Year - Fall), 42+ Credits


Summer 1: 6+ Credits



ESPE 562

Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings (3)
EPSY 522 Adolescent Development (3)
Required Undergraduate Coursework - See Admission Letter


Fall 1: 12+ Credits


ETAP 638

Media Literacy (3)
ETAP 512 Teachers in Context with/Pre-Practicum (3) 
ETAP 652 Teaching X in the Secondary Schools (3)
** Content Area Course (3-4)


Spring 1: 12 Credits



EPSY 540

Assessment in Education (3)
ETAP 590X Teaching Middle School X: Methods and Guided Field Experience (6)
ETAP 530 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (3) OR
  ETAP 655 Teaching Composition in Secondary Schools (MSSE English Students) (3)


Summer 2:

*See Footnotes.

Fall 2: 12 Credits:



Teaching High School X: Methods and Guided Field Experience (9)
Content Area Course (3-4)


Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:



School Safety and Intervention Training

Child Abuse Identification Training
Fingerprinting (criminal history check) filed with the Office of Teaching, New York State Education Department





= Content Area Specific

Course can be taken in any semester that the course is offered. Students are strongly discouraged from exceeding 12-13 credits a semester.
MSSE students are required to take a minimum of two content area courses (3-4 credits each). These courses can be taken during any semester.


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Admission Requirements:

  • College transcripts
  • Minimum 36 credit academic background in the content with a grade of B or better in each course
  • Area or the equivalent undergraduate major
  • Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average overall and in content area
  • Three letters of recommendation, two from academicians in the content area
  • Competitive GRE score 
  • Written statement of goals
  • Two semesters of a world language other than English (minimum of 85% on the NYS Regents Examination in a foreign language)
  • Interview

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Evaluation Forms: