The Direct Degree Path to Professional Teacher Certification in Your Adolescent Education Subject
Advance to the next level in your teaching career with a master's degree from UAlbany's nationally ranked School of Education.
Designed for teachers with initial certification to teach certain middle and high school subjects, the graduate program in educational theory and practice is registered as a professional certification program with the NYS Department of Education.
This program is your most direct route to getting professionally certified to teach math, social studies, sciences, English language arts, or world languages to students in grades 5-9 or 7-12.
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.
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
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To be eligible for admission to this program, you must hold initial teaching certification in one of the following adolescent education subjects:
- Earth Science
- Social Studies
This degree directly satisfies the graduate degree prerequisite for professional certification in NYS as a middle childhood or 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.
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.
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