Master of Science in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification Grades 7-12) Online

Help adolescents reach their full potential by gaining a specialized skillset that will qualify you to teach general and special education at the middle and high school levels.

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Program Overview

Take a closer look at M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certificate 7-12)

Teach in classrooms for 7-12 grade levels by earning your Master in Adolescent Education & SPED online from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Build a deep understanding of the urban and multicultural education that will prepare you to address the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.

Through academic coursework and student teaching, you will learn strategies for teaching your subject area, behavior intervention, and instruction for special learners. Student teaching will be completed in general and special education settings.

The dual certification program will prepare you to take the necessary licensure exams in New York for grades 7-12, including one in a content area and one in special education.

* This program will require students to find their field placement and complete field work for their practicum and student teaching.

As a graduate of this online education master’s, you will be prepared to:

  • Teach one of the following academic disciplines in middle or high school: English, Social Studies, Math, or Science
  • Support students’ literacy development by focusing on ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used within the learning of discipline specific curriculum including adaptations for culturally diverse and exceptional learners
  • Employ skills and knowledge to help adolescents with disabilities achieve their intellectual and vocational potential
  • Create effective instructional planning (i.e., antecedents and consequences of student behavior) to prevent management problems, condition intrinsic motivation to learn, and foster social competence of all students in the inclusive classroom
  • Instruct students with learning and behavior problems (including autism spectrum disorders, speech, and language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance/ behavioral disorders, and ADHD) using research- or evidence-based practices to address both curricular/instructional and social behavioral challenges in the least restrictive environment
  • Analyze the impact that such issues as equity, ethnicity, sociocultural and linguistic background, ability, gender, and race have on student learning
  • Teach one of the following academic disciplines in middle or high school: English, Social Studies, Math, or Science
  • Support students’ literacy development by focusing on ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used within the learning of discipline specific curriculum including adaptations for culturally diverse and exceptional learners
  • Employ skills and knowledge to help adolescents with disabilities achieve their intellectual and vocational potential
  • Create effective instructional planning (i.e., antecedents and consequences of student behavior) to prevent management problems, condition intrinsic motivation to learn, and foster social competence of all students in the inclusive classroom
  • Instruct students with learning and behavior problems (including autism spectrum disorders, speech, and language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance/ behavioral disorders, and ADHD) using research- or evidence-based practices to address both curricular/instructional and social behavioral challenges in the least restrictive environment
  • Analyze the impact that such issues as equity, ethnicity, sociocultural and linguistic background, ability, gender, and race have on student learning

Career Outcomes

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Adolescent Advocate
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Librarian
  • School and Career Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Adolescent Advocate
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Librarian
  • School and Career Counselor
  • Special Education Teacher

Also available:

The Mount offers multiple education programs online. Explore our online education degrees and available certificate.

Total Tuition: $23,445
Program Duration: As few as 18 months*
Credit Hours: 45

Accreditation

The Department of Teacher Education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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Tuition

Experience a private school education at an affordable price

At the College of Mount Saint Vincent, we are committed to providing a high-quality education for less than you would expect. Tuition for the M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual certificate 7-12) is affordable and can easily fit into your budget.

Tuition Breakdown:

Per Credit Hour $521
Total Tuition $15,630

Calendar

View our application deadlines and upcoming start dates

The M.S. - Adolescent Ed. & SPED (Dual cert. 7-12 is designed with working adults in mind. We offer multiple start dates and faster course completion time to help you earn your degree when it’s convenient for you.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 11/30/231/16/231/20/231/25/231/27/233/17/237 weeks
Spring 23/27/233/13/233/20/233/22/233/24/235/12/237 weeks
Summer 15/22/235/8/235/12/235/17/235/19/237/7/237 weeks
Summer 27/10/236/26/236/30/237/5/237/7/238/25/237 weeks
Fall 19/4/238/21/238/25/238/30/239/1/2310/20/237 weeks
Fall 210/30/2310/16/2310/20/2310/25/2310/27/2312/15/237 weeks

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Next Apply Date 3/13/23
Start Class 3/27/23

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Admissions

Find out how to apply to the Master in Adolescent Education & SPED online

The streamlined admission process at the College of Mount Saint Vincent makes it easier to apply and helps you start your academic journey faster. Please read the full admission requirements for the Master of Science in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual Certification 7-12).

  • Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts or Science
  • Official transcripts
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual certificate 7-12) online program:

  • Submit online application
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Students must have majored in Math, English, History, or Biology, and must have at least 6 credits in Math, Science, English, or History.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and above on 4.0 scale
    • Students with a GPA below 3.00 will be reviewed for acceptance by submitting a three-paragraph statement of purpose addressing the following three items:

1. Describe your personal and/or professional experiences which ignited your passion to become a teacher.

2. What is your current position and what has your career progression been since you graduated from college?

3. Why do you wish to obtain your Master's degree in Education? How do you hope to benefit from pursuing this degree?

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to our Office of Admissions:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:
Office of Admission
College of Mount Saint Vincent
6301 Riverdale Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471

Courses

Courses for the M.S. in Adolescent Education and Special Education (Dual certificate 7-12) online program

For the M.S. - Adolescent Ed. & SPED (Dual cert. 7-12) online program, the curriculum is comprised of 15 courses for a total of 45 credit hours.

Select one of the following methods courses based on undergraduate major.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Each course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach an academic discipline effectively in middle school and high school. Students study generic principles of middle and secondary teaching, specific content and approaches in the teaching of subject areas and practical application of these principles and knowledge. The course emphasizes the unique nature of the adolescent learner and explores developmentally appropriate strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on the role of New York State and Next Generation Learning Standards in planning and implementing instruction.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Each course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach an academic discipline effectively in middle school and high school. Students study generic principles of middle and secondary teaching, specific content and approaches in the teaching of subject areas and practical application of these principles and knowledge. The course emphasizes the unique nature of the adolescent learner and explores developmentally appropriate strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on the role of New York State and Next Generation Learning Standards in planning and implementing instruction.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Each course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach an academic discipline effectively in middle school and high school. Students study generic principles of middle and secondary teaching, specific content and approaches in the teaching of subject areas and practical application of these principles and knowledge. The course emphasizes the unique nature of the adolescent learner and explores developmentally appropriate strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on the role of New York State and Next Generation Learning Standards in planning and implementing instruction.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Each course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach an academic discipline effectively in middle school and high school. Students study generic principles of middle and secondary teaching, specific content and approaches in the teaching of subject areas and practical application of these principles and knowledge. The course emphasizes the unique nature of the adolescent learner and explores developmentally appropriate strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners. Emphasis will be placed on the role of New York State and Next Generation Learning Standards in planning and implementing instruction.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course equips teachers with a sound knowledge base in multicultural education. It provides both definition and rationale. Through readings, class discussions, blackboard participation and written assignments students will explore and analyze the impact that such issues as equity, ethnicity, sociocultural and linguistic background, ability, gender and race have on student learning. Students will develop perspectives on diversity and a frame of reference for providing equitable opportunities for all students to learn and succeed in schools and society. While this course focuses more on developing dispositions and understandings needed to effectively work with diverse populations, applications to the classroom will be made when appropriate. By the conclusion of the course students will be able to articulate a personal philosophy of multicultural education that demonstrates a thoughtful consideration of the historical and social development of this field.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines cognitive development and language acquisition across cultures. Through the supplemental use of various technologies, the course focuses on issues of bilingualism and dialectal difference and their relationship to language development. The course explores language diversity as it relates to classroom instruction.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An investigation of psychological theories as they apply to teaching and learning. Topics include cognitive, behavioral and humanistic theory, social development and social skills instruction, moral development and education, language development, motivation, classroom management theory and issues, and an introduction to instructional modification to meet the needs of a diverse student body.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to help candidates instruct students with learning and behavior problems (including autism spectrum disorders, speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance/ behavioral disorders, and ADHD) using research- or evidenced-based practices to address both curricular/instructional and social behavioral challenges in the least restrictive environment. Applied behavior analytic tactics, techniques, methods, and procedures covered in this course are derived from the concepts and principles of behavior taught in EDUC 527. Candidates will learn how to individualize and accurately implement fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior change procedures in order to facilitate students’ access to the general education curriculum (3 credits). Field experience may be required based on program specialization.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In conjunction with middle/secondary curriculum courses, students observe and teach their primary discipline in a middle and/or high school. Field supervisors observe and confer with students individually. The practicum teacher will be observed formally at least once during the semester. Field work required.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students teach for one semester in a nearby secondary school under the supervision of cooperating teachers and teacher education and liberal arts faculty. Placements are made in inclusive or general education classrooms. Field supervisors observe and confer with student teachers individually. In addition, students participate in seminar activities to review field experiences, to synthesize current practice with prior learning and to prepare for employment and further professional study. During the semester students receive additional support from a mentor in his/her major area of study. Content area meetings are designed to address the individual needs of each student teacher. Ongoing communication between the liberal arts mentor and seminar leader supports the development of the necessary knowledge and competencies of the pre-service student. Supervised teaching hours.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides candidates with strategies based on behavior analysis and other psycho-educational learning theories/models and as they relate to managing measurably effective classrooms. Emphasis is on the elements of effective instructional planning (i.e., antecedents and consequences of student behavior) that prevent management problems, condition intrinsic motivation to learn, and foster social competence of all students in the inclusive classroom. The foundational knowledge base of the definition, concepts, and principles of ABA for improving students’ academic, emotional, behavioral, and social skills will be addressed. In addition, coverage will include the philosophical assumptions and dimensions of research-based models. Candidates will learn how to differentiate evidence-based from non-evidence-based behavior management practices. Field experience may be required based on program specialization.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to understand and apply the results of educational research for use in a variety of educational settings, and the student will be aware of the impact of current research studies on educational practices. The student will investigate the basic nature of educational research along with relevant methods of data collection and analysis. Emphasis will be placed on research problems and findings in student-selected areas of concentration. All students will choose an area for individual classroom research. Findings will be presented in multiple forms. In addition to learning about research, students in this class will share a variety of different resources for classroom use. Field-related project required.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Secondary Classroom examines literacy as part of the total communication process within the secondary classroom. This course is designed to assist students in understanding the language and literacy process as it applies to teaching in the middle and high schools. Particular attention is paid to reading and writing in the content areas and instructional strategies to support students’ literacy development. The course will focus on ways in which reading, writing, speaking, and listening are developed and used within the learning of discipline specific curriculum including adaptations for culturally diverse and exceptional learners. The course develops connections between knowledge of the literacy process, using language to support learning, and effective instruction incorporating reading and writing. This course develops the pre-service teacher’s ability to carry out the specific teaching functions and to achieve the professional standards as prescribed by the New York State Education Department and Next Generation Standards for College and Career Readiness. Students completing this course will understand the concepts of balanced literacy instruction and the integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening for learning within the classroom.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide candidates with information on standardized and informal assessment procedures and materials and on research-based effective strategies for teaching students with mild to moderate learning and behavior problems. Emphasis is on assessment in literacy and mathematics and appropriate use of instructional technologies including assistive technology. Focus will also be on those strategies of differentiated instruction that can be effectively implemented or modified within the general education program. Candidates will learn a variety of methods for the identification and assessment of academic and social-behavioral problems; behavioral assessment; analysis of the outcomes of instruction/interventions; descriptive, preference and skill assessments; including the use of practical behaviorally-based assessment tools such as checklists, rating scales, structured observation tools, and curricular behavioral assessments (e.g., criterion-referenced assessment). Field work required.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares teacher candidates to select behavior analytic intervention strategies and plan for their possible unwanted behavior change effects in order to help maximize human development from birth to adulthood. Candidates will learn how to select and implement individualized behavioral and curricular intervention strategies and behavior-change systems in order to teach, maintain, and generalize skills across home, school, and community settings via organizational behavior management (OBM). Emphasis will be placed on how students develop and learn by examining the process of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, and career development among students who vary by gender, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic level, English proficiency, and diverse levels of ability. Issues covered include the educator’s role on how to develop curriculum as well as support and maintain group change that is developmentally appropriate and culturally meaningful to facilitate successful transition from pre-school to post-school activities; including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), independent living, and/or community participation (as described by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services May 2017 document entitled “A Transition Guide To Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities).”
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces teacher education candidates to the strategies and techniques of how to effectively teach subject content in ELA and social studies to diverse student populations. The goal of the course is to equip teacher education candidates with the skills and knowledge to help adolescents with disabilities achieve their intellectual and vocational potential.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces teacher education candidates to the strategies and techniques of how to effectively teach subject content in math and science to diverse student populations. The goal of the course is to equip teacher education candidates with the skills and knowledge to help adolescents with disabilities achieve their intellectual and vocational potential.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students teach for one semester under the supervision and mentorship of cooperating teachers and teacher education faculty. Placements are in special education settings. Faculty observes and confers with student teachers individually. In addition, students and faculty meet each week in a coordinating seminar to review field experiences, synthesize current practice with prior learning and to prepare for employment and further professional study. Prospective student teachers plan for field placements during the registration period prior to student teaching. Supervised teaching hours.
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