General Masters Programs (Educational Theory & Practice)
MASTERS PROGRAMS PROVIDING INITIAL PREPARATION TO TEACH
The Master of Science in Secondary Education (MSSE) offers a strong research-based preparation for prospective classroom teachers at Grades 7-12 in English, World Languages (French, Spanish), Social Studies, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science), and Mathematics. The program leads to a masters degree and to New York State initial certification.
The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Certification Option leads to New York State K-12 certification in TESOL.
MASTERS PROGRAM PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION TO TEACH
The Master of Science in Educational Theory and Practice (MS-ETP) offers cohesive programs leading to professional certification in mathematics, the sciences, world languages, English, and social studies. The program is approved by the New York State Education Department for Professional Certification for teachers with Initial Certification in the following areas of Adolescence Education: Social Studies, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics.
PROGRAMS LEADING TO MASTERS DEGREES
The department offers a variety of master's degree programs. These are described briefly below and elaborated in the linked sections.
The Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology (CDIT) is designed for those who wish to extend their expertise in curriculum and instruction, and for those with an interest in instructional design and technology. The program is appropriate for people with a general interest in education and may also be appropriate for elementary and secondary teachers seeking permanent certification.
This program can be completed either through classroom-based or online coursework.
The Master of Arts or Master of Science for Teachers of an Academic Discipline (ACT) satisfies the academic requirements for provisionally certified teachers seeking permanent certification at grades 7-12 in the subject areas of English, a foreign language, mathematics, a natural science, or social studies. ACT programs are suspended in anticipation of student needs being served by other School of Education programs.
The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) provides interdisciplinary graduate study for those who wish to teach English as a second language or English as a foreign language (EFL) in adult, college-level, or overseas situations. A related program leads to New York State certification in TESOL for Grades K-12 (see Masters Programs Providing Initial Preparation to Teach found above).
The Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Master of Arts in Communication Dual Degree serves the interests of students who want to teach English as a second or foreign language, and who want to enrich the foundation they have for teaching a foreign language by studying communication processes as well.
Combined Baccalaureate-Master’s Degree Program in Linguistics/TESOL
Qualified undergraduates may apply for admission to the combined B.A. Linguistics/M.S. in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program and, if accepted, simultaneously work toward completion of the requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The Master of General Educational Studies complements a variety of undergraduate preparations and is appropriate for people with a general interest in education.