Pursue Professional Teacher Certification in Your Middle or High School Content Area
Prepare for professional teacher certification in the subject you're certified to teach to adolescents in grades 5-9 or grades 7-12.
The master's in general education studies provides you with the most flexible way to earn a graduate degree that will qualify you for professional certification in your initial content area.
You can create a highly personalized program of study that meets NYS-mandated criteria by requiring you to complete 12 graduate credits in the content area of your initial certification.
Program of Study
Course in Educational and Social Thought (3 credits)
Choose one of the following:
- Macrosociology of Education and Educational Leadership
- Microsociology of Education and Educational Leadership
Content Area Courses (12 credits)
Choose four graduate courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences in your initial teacher certification content area. For example, if you received initial certification to teach mathematics in secondary schools, you might select graduate classes such as Vector Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Advanced Linear Algebra, and Transformation Geometry.
Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Create your own concentration by taking four graduate courses offered by the School of Education in topics related to your professional interests.
Research Seminar (3 credits)
Choose one of the following research seminars:
Critical Introduction to Educational Research Paradigms
Study educational research models and paradigms and how they inform teaching practice. In this seminar, you complete critical readings, analyze educational data sets, and apply your findings.
Research in Practice
Explore action research theory and learn how it's used to improve educational outcomes. In this seminar, you're required to design and implement a small action research project in a learning environment.
This degree will satisfy the graduate degree prerequisite for professional certification in NYS as a middle childhood or secondary education content specialist.
When you complete the degree and apply for professional certification, you submit your UAlbany transcript to the NYS Department of Education (NYSDOE) for individual review.
This is a slightly different process than you would follow after finishing a degree that's specifically registered as a professional certification program, such as the MS in Educational Theory and Practice.
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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