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Master of Science 

Secondary Education

Program of Study

This program requires three semesters of full-time coursework and field experiences. You start with two summer courses and then take additional graduate classes over the fall and spring semesters while you complete teaching practica in public schools.


Foundations of Education

  • Teachers in Context
  • Adolescent Development
  • Assessment in Education
  • Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in Inclusive Settings


Teaching Methods and Field Experiences in Your Content Area

  • Teaching Middle School: Methods and Field Experience (6 credits)
  • Teaching High School: Methods and Field Experience (9 credits)
  • Teaching in the Secondary School (3 credits)

Technology and Media

  • Media Literacy


Literacy

  • Reading and Writing across the Curriculum (for concentrations in Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or World Languages) OR
  • Teaching Composition in the Secondary School (for concentration in English)


Advanced Study in Content Area

Two graduate courses in your academic content area.


NYS Training Requirements

  • School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE) Training
  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
  • Dignity for All Students Act

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

Content

Earn Your Degree and Initial Certification

The MS in Secondary Education is a NYS-approved teacher preparation program.

Earning this graduate degree and completing any additional state requirements provides you with initial certification – the entry-level credential you need to start teaching high school subjects.

State requirements may include the Education for All Students (EAS) exam, the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and the NYS Content Specialty Test (CST).

Looking Ahead: Professional Certification

To move up in your teaching career, you need to achieve professional certification, an advanced teaching credential.

Once you've finished one year of mentored teaching and two additional years of paid teaching experience after earning this degree, you'll be eligible to apply for certificate progression in your secondary education content area.

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.

 

Information for Potential Applicants

General admission requirements include GRE test scores, a minimum 3.0 GPA, statement of goals, three letters of recommendation, and a personal interview (by invitation only).

Check that you meet the credit requirements for your content discipline outlined below.

All Programs

3 credits or one semester of a language other than English (LOTE) or the equivalent (e.g., a grade of 85% or better on the NYS Regents or Local Checkpoint B Examination in a LOTE; a CLEP exam in a LOTE at or above the 50th percentile)

Biology

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in BIOLOGY equivalent to a major. In addition, the following science distribution must be met: 3 credits in chemistry, 3 credits in earth science, 3 credits in physics. These can be included as part of the major or in addition to.

Chemistry

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in CHEMISTRY equivalent to a major. In addition, the following science distribution must be met: 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in earth science, 3 credits in physics. These can be included as part of the maior or in addition to.

Earth Science

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in EARTH SCIENCE or GEOLOGY equivalent to a major. In addition, the following science distribution must be met: 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in chemistry, 3 credits in physics. These can be included as part of the major or in addition to.

English Language Arts

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in ENGLISH equivalent to a major.

French

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in French (equivalent to a major).

Mathematics

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in MATHEMATICS equivalent to a major.

Physics

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in PHYSICS equivalent to a major. In addition, the following science distribution must be met: 3 credits in biology, 3 credits in chemistry, 3 credits in earth science. These can be included as part of the major or in addition to.

Social Studies

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in HISTORY or ONE OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (anthropology, economics, geography, political science or sociology) equivalent to a major, provided that the content core in social studies shall include study in economics, government, and at least a total of 21 semester hours of study in the history and geography of the United States and the world.

Spanish

To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 36 credit hours in SPANISH equivalent to a major.

"This program changed my life. My professors and mentors saw something in me I didn’t see in myself at the time, and they deeply uplifted and encouraged me. Today, I teach algebra at my high school alma mater, and I know that I was called to be in the classroom."

- Keyana Williams, High School Algebra Teacher

Application Requirements

Deadlines
  • Fall:
    • Deadline 1: November 30
    • Deadline 2: March 30 
    • Deadline 3: May 30
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: January 15

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • One college course in a language other than English
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two letters from Professors)
  • Statement of goals

Available information for applicants.

 

Special Notes

This program is not available to international applicants. The August deadline is based on available space only. Applications must be PROCESSED and complete by the August deadline date to be considered for “Late” review. Please allow sufficient time as applications received after the deadline date will not be reviewed.

A minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required. Please contact the Pathways in Education (PIE) Center, if you have any admissions requirement questions.

Please note: Combined undergraduate/graduate applicants must have a 3.2 GPA to apply.

Please note: admission is contingent upon application materials and departmental interview. Interviews are by invitation only.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. 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.

Accreditation

University at Albany is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This program is currently engaged in the self-study process toward Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) accreditation.

See accreditation data for details.

The University at Albany is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This program is currently engaged in the self-study process toward Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) accreditation. 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 SUNY website provides data on those graduates only working in NY and the wages earned after a specified time after graduation.


Our graduates that elect to pursue NY State certification must successfully complete related certification exams. See our exam pass rates.


The satisfaction of degree completers is valuable data for our programs. See University collected data.


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. See data on enrollments and degree awarded.

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
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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