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Master of Science in Education in Contemporary Curriculum & Instruction

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Marist’s MS in Education (MSED) is the perfect path to your professional teaching certification. With tracks in childhood and adolescent education, as well as on-campus and online models, this master’s program is designed to be flexible and accessible for working teachers. With close faculty advisement, an advanced curriculum, and an electronic portfolio to showcase your work, the MS in Education will take your teaching career to the next level.

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Earn Your Professional Teaching Certification

The MS in Education at Marist is particularly designed for teachers with an initial teaching certification seeking their professional teaching certification. In this program, approved by the New York State Department of Education, teachers in public, private, and international school settings explore the theory and hands-on practice of the psychology behind being an excellent educator.

Choose Your Track

The Master of Science in Education offers two educational tracks: Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) plus the Middle School Extension (grades 5-6).

Childhood Education (grades 1-6)

The Childhood Education track meets the academic requirements for application to Professional Certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) for candidates with initial teacher certification in this area.

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Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) plus Middle School Extension (grades 5-6)

The Adolescent Education track meets the academic requirements for application to Professional Certification in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) and is designed for candidates who possess initial certification in one of the Adolescence Education areas. This track also meets the academic requirements for initial and professional certification in Middle School Extension (grades 5-6).

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Benefits of a Marist MS in Education

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Professional Teaching Certification

Graduate with an MS in Education and earn your New York State Department of Education-approved professional teaching certification in as little as three semesters.

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Flexible Formats

Designed for working teachers, the program is offered in an on-campus format with evening classes, as well as an online cohort-based model.

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Electronic Portfolio

From your first course, you’ll develop a NYS-approved electronic portfolio to showcase your knowledge and skills to future school employers.

Program Models Designed for Working Teachers

Marist’s MS in Education is designed specifically for the working teacher with flexible program and format options:

  • On-campus model: Offered full-time and part-time at the Marist Poughkeepsie, NY campus, this model is designed with evening classes and limited summer classes for full-time students to complete in three to four semesters and a part-time student to complete at their own pace in under five years.
  • Online model: cohort-based program model, this program utlilizes Marist’s superior online resources to offer you a fully online degree with no set class times. The online program is interactive with your professors and colleagues through discussions and shared projects. Meet the weekly goals at times that work for you. There are no set dates and times that you need to be online for each course. Students complete this course part-time in two years.

I feel as though Marist is preparing me very well for my future career. It has helped me become a well-rounded individual who is able to take the theories I’ve learned and put them to practice. For instance, I am currently using the skills I’ve learned at Marist to teach children with autism at Hudson Valley Behavioral Solutions in Hopewell Junction. Marist has a deservedly great reputation, and students graduate with an amazing experience. I highly recommend coming to Marist, especially for those who are looking to become teachers. The programs the College offers, both academic and extracurricular, have exceeded my expectations.

Bryanna Benvenutti

BA/MA Educational Psychology

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During my first year of teaching, I found the usefulness of educational psychology in the classroom. Marist was able to offer a degree in which I had a strong interest, as well as a program that leads to professional certification in NYS, which made this program a perfect fit for me. Also, the online program has allowed me to continue my education, while still being able to teach full time in Saratoga Springs. This program has helped me to understand the whole child and apply this knowledge to my classroom daily. Each course I took at Marist has been directly applicable to what I am doing every day in the classroom, whether it be understanding assessment in a new way or viewing adolescents with a new light.

Micaela Ethier

MA Educational Psychology

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I feel very prepared in my current teaching position thanks to everything I have learned and experienced at Marist! I feel confident with the teaching pedagogy and teaching experience that Marist allowed me to obtain. In one reading placement course, we had to create a goal for a real student, and then work with them for 30 minutes every week to try to meet the reading goal. Although this was challenging, it was very rewarding seeing all of our hard work planning lessons for our student pay off!

Adrianna Cella

BA Psychology, MA Educational Psychology

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The highlights of this program for me have been having my cohort become a family, always running into classmates and giving each other some encouraging words, having ‘ah-ha’ moments in a professor’s office, and having that extra time to enjoy everything that makes this school so great: the river, the sunsets, and seeing familiar faces on campus daily. All of the faculty in the Educational Psychology program were wonderful and they all played a big part in shaping my career. With all of my professors, I have found a connection inside and outside of the classroom that allowed for my learning to feel personal.

Justine Carra

BA/MA Educational Psychology

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Top-Tier Career Placement

When you enroll in the Educational Psychology program, you will graduate from Marist with the skills you need to secure ideal career placements anywhere. In fact, we'll work closely with you to determine the best internships and career experience to ensure your success after graduation. Below is just a glimpse at the career opportunities that await you after completing the MS in Education from Marist.

Logos of Educational Psychology career destinations: Ossining Union Free School District, Orange County Public Schools, Poughkeepsie City School District, and Magen David Yeshivah
Logos of Educational Psychology career destinations: John Jay High School, Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc, Wallkill Central School District, and Sacred Heart Academy

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