MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE (M.ED.)
The Master of Education (M.Ed) program at Marist leads to the New York State Adolescence Education (7-12) initial certification for the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Spanish. This 36 credit hour program includes student teaching and will in conjunction with successfully passing all of the following New York State Teacher certification examinations: Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), Content Specialty Test (CST) and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Performance (ATS-P) prepare the graduate for New York State initial teacher certification.
All students will complete the Pedagogical Core requirements and other required courses described below. In addition, all students are required to complete, submit, and defend an electronic portfolio based on the INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards.
Admission to the program will occur on a rolling basis.
Admissions requirements for the Master of Education degree are as follows:
- the completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
- completion of an academic major or its equivalent in the area of certification sought;
- completion of the content core (30 credits) in an undergraduate major or equivalent for which you are seeking initial certification in one of the following subject areas -Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Spanish;
- submission of two letters of recommendation;
- an application essay describing prior educational experience and professional goals;
- an interview with faculty admissions committee.
To qualify for the Master of Education Degree, a candidate must:
- complete all requirements no later than five years after matriculation;
- complete a minimum of 36 graduate credits as prescribed in the curriculum requirements, including the pedagogical core curriculum;
- maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade–point average in graduate courses;
- submit and defend an electronic portfolio to the satisfaction of program faculty during the candidate's final semester.
Candidates who fail to maintain a 3.0 or higher grade–point average, or do not demonstrate the dispositions necessary to assume the responsibilities of a classroom teacher, are subject to dismissal from the program after review by the Department of Education.