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Master of Science 

Educational Theory and Practice

Program of Study

Foundations of Teaching: Teachers in Context

Examine sociological, cultural, and historical influences on teachers and the professional practice of teaching in different nations around the world.

Media Literacy

Expand your understanding of new media communication tools, electronic texts, and innovative reading and writing technologies in schools, communities, and workplaces.

Teaching and Learning (choose one)

  • Understanding Learning and Teaching
  • Systematic Design of Instruction

Content Knowledge and Pedagogy (12 credits)

  • Teaching [Content Area] in the Secondary School
  • Contemporary [Content Area] Education
  • Two or more graduate courses in your content area

Education Electives (6 credits)

Choose two courses in education topics that support your development as a teacher.

Capstone Course (choose one)

  • Research Seminar: Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms
  • Research Seminar: Research in Practice
  • Master's Thesis


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, call 518-442-5090 or email [email protected].


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program, you must hold initial teaching certification in one of the following adolescent education subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
NYS Professional Teacher Certification

This degree directly satisfies the graduate degree prerequisite for professional certification in NYS as a secondary education content specialist.

When you successfully complete this program, the University recommends you to the NYS Department of Education for professional certification.

Looking for a more flexible program?

If you're looking for a more adaptable master's curriculum that will still fulfill your degree requirement for professional certification, the MS in General Education Studies program may be a good choice for you.

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.


Application Requirements

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring: Rolling
  • Summer: Rolling

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE test scores*
  • Statement of goals
  • Verification of initial NYS certificate in content area

*The test score requirement is for application Fall 2016 and forward. The department will also accept the following exams in lieu of GRE: edTPA, GMAT, Miller's Analogies, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. In light of the current situation, applications will be considered for review without GRE (or approved alternative) scores. Official admission will be contingent on the receipt of exams scores; however, we encourage all interested individuals still apply.

Please note that an Academic background in the content area equivalent to an undergraduate major or concentration and a 3.0 GPA overall and in content area. 

Applicants that hold a valid NY COVID Emergency certificate may apply.

Available information for applicants.


Special Notes

This program is not available to international applicants. Academic background in the content area equivalent to an undergraduate major or concentration and a 3.0 GPA overall and in content area are required. Please check with the department to see if applications are being accepted after the published deadline date. Students are required to take at least 15 graduate credits in the Educational Theory and Practice Department.

Please note: This program is licensure qualifying. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.


This teacher education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for the 10-year period of 2011 to 2021.

See accreditation data for details.

The School of Education's teacher and leader education programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for the 10-year period of 2011 to 2021. Below is institutional and programmatic data in accordance with this accreditation.

The School of Education offers programs that prepare new teachers and also those that already hold NY teacher or leader certification. Additionally, some of our programs lead to multiple certifications. As such, data on employment does not reflect the many career opportunities our graduates are afforded. For example, our Literacy MS leads to NY certification as a Literacy Specialist in grades B-6 or 5-12. This program requires prior NY teacher certification so not all graduates pursue positions in Literacy after degree completion, but remain in their current specialty area. The following SUNY website provides data on those graduates only working in NY and the wages earned after a specified time after graduation:  https://www.suny.edu/gradwages/

Our graduates that elect to pursue NY State certification must successfully complete related certification exams. Our exam pass rates can be found at: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx

Consumer information about the University at Albany can be found at: https://nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA/defaultmanagement/cohortdetail_3yr.cfm?sno=0&ope_id=002835

The satisfaction of degree completers is valuable data for our programs. University collected data is available at: https://www.albany.edu/ir/assesss_tableau1945c.html

Additionally, our teacher and leader programs are completing a self-study during the 2020 and 2021 academic years. Data is being collected and analyzed on employer satisfaction, degree completion and on the impact our graduates have in the field of teaching. Results of the self-study will be published to meet requirements set forth by the self-study process. 

Students in our masters and certificate programs have six calendar years from the date of initial registration in the program to complete their program. Additionally, masters and certificate students are not required to enroll every semester. As such, time to graduation varies. Please see here for data on enrollments and degree awarded. https://livealbany.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/web_soe/EeQ4ahViFkJFtgIWv447_FABOdOi5bMX66zRo9kbc1rVQg?e=vFMhiQ

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Our students demonstrate the ability to integrate educational theory in the service of guiding effective instructional decision making.
  • Our students use technology effectively to support collaboration and engagement in the process of knowledge construction.
  • Our students promote meaningful, engaged learning for diverse students, regardless of their race, gender, ethnic heritage, or cultural background

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529