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Adolescence Education (7-12)

Adolescence Education: Five Year Bachelor and Master of Arts in Teaching Program in Student’s Content Area and Students with Disabilities, both grades 7 - 12


Those pursuing a certificate to become a teacher are called a candidate.
Candidates will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major.

Highly motivated Marist undergraduate students in content areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Earth Science, English, French, History, Mathematics, or Spanish may apply to the Five-Year BA-BS/MAT program that leads to dual certification (content area and Students with Disabilities, both grades 7 - 12). The five-year dual-degree BA–BS/ MAT program is a cohort-based program and is structured for candidates to achieve their Bachelors Degree (BA or BS) in their content field and become eligible for teaching certification by completing pedagogical coursework and student teaching at the Masters level. Candidates begin their 36 credit MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) program during their undergraduate senior year by taking 12 credits graduate course work (across fall and spring semester of senior year). The remaining 24 credits of the Masters program are taken in the following sequence: 6 credits of graduate work through a hybrid delivery system in the summer following undergraduate graduation, 12 credits in an on-ground setting for the fall semester, and 6 credits of full-time student teaching practicum the following spring.  Candidates must achieve a 3.0 GPA. For more information, contact the Interim Program Director for Graduate Studies, Dr. Kathleen Vigil at or the Director of Clinical Teacher Preparation and Certification, Dr. Jennifer Powers, at


Distinctive Features of the Five Year Program:

  • 36 credit graduate program leading to dual certification (content area plus Students with Disabilities)
  • Credit-rich content Bachelor’s (42 – 56 credits)
  • Fifth year of study results in a Master’s degree leading to professional (a.k.a. permanent) certification
  • Master’s courses taken in the senior year (12 credits) are included in your undergraduate tuition
  • Extended clinical experiences enrich preparation


The Marist Education Department serves as a regional host for the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s grant to create the PREPARED TO TEACH--NY Learning Network, a system of college and district Professional Development Schools partnerships that work together to build sustainably funded residency programs and shared successful practices.

Admission to the Program:

Admission to the program is granted upon acceptance to Marist.  In the junior year, there will be a formal review of the candidate’s standing with regard to:

  • Academic performance (minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Progress toward Graduation Requirements
  • Demonstration of Professional Dispositions in coursework settings
  • Demonstration of Professionalism in fieldwork settings 


Adolescence Education Certification Requirements

  • Recommended sequence of Education courses although there may be some variation depending upon the accepted candidate’s content area.


Student Learning Outcomes