Program Details

M.A. degree program in middle childhood education (5-9) - general science teacher - specialization in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science
HEGIS code 0804.04
NYS SED program code 26821 (options A,B) & 26820 (options C,D)

Informed by the National Science Education Standards for the professional development of science educators, the program involves teachers in learning science content using the process of inquiry. The program is also committed to expanding the classroom to include the local environment and science-rich community resources such as zoos, parks, museums, nature centers and gardens. The program introduces future educators to scientific literature, media and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge.

Certification requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits within one science discipline including coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate level. This program leads to certification to teach Regents level science.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Adams, Jennifer D Program Head 718-951-5061 2606 James Hall seedinfo @ brooklyn.cuny.edu;
jadams @ brooklyn.cuny.edu
call/email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Secondary Education
Fall Application Deadline July 15th
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.
Interview with department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 650, 280, 114
Examinations

 

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General matriculation requirements
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Applicants to this program must submit scores on the Content Specialty Test (CST) in the discipline of specialization (biology, chemistry, physics or earth science.)

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test or 114 on the internet-based test to be considered for matriculation.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

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General degree requirements
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Thirty to 39 credits are required for the degree depending on applicants' qualifications. Students must complete 15 credits in courses in biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, physics, and general science.
Students who have not already completed 30 credits in the science discipline of specialization upon admission must take courses in that discipline until the 30 credit requirement has been met. Once the thirty credit requirement has been met, students may take additional coursework in a science other than the discipline of specialization.

The program of study must be approved by the Program Head of middle school science education.

Students must complete the following education courses in the stated sequence:
Secondary Education 7310T, 7311T, 7340T. All required education courses and some education electives require permission for registration as indicated in the Schedule of Classes.

Each student is evaluated individually based upon prior experiences. Based upon this evaluation and current certification requirements of the New York State Education Department, courses in education or another department may be substituted for required courses with permission of the Program Head of middle school science education.

Middle childhood education with a specialization in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science
This program leads to a Master of Arts in Education and a New York State Professional Certificate in Middle Childhood Education with a specialization in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science (grades 5-9). Matriculation requirements for all three options below include an undergraduate major in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth and environmental science or the equivalent.


Option (A): 30 credits.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Middle Childhood Education (grades 5-9) or its equivalent.

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Degree requirements
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Thirty credits are required for the degree.

In addition to Secondary Education 7310T, 7311T, 7320T and 7340T, the following courses are required: 15 credits in graduate courses in any of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science, and general science; and an elective selected from Secondary Education; Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education; or Science.


Option (B): 30-33 credits

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must hold a New York State Initial Certificate in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) or its equivalent or a New York State Initial Certificate in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) or its equivalent.

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Degree requirements
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Thirty to thirty-three credits are required for the degree.
In addition to Secondary Education 7310T, 7311T, 7320T, and 7340T, the following courses are required: 15 credits in graduate courses in any of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science, and general science; and an elective Student teaching in grades 7-9 for those with Initial Certification in Childhood, Bilingual and Special Education (Secondary Education 7330T) or grades 5-6 for those with Initial Certification in Adolescence Education (Secondary Education 7332T) or mentored teaching in middle childhood for full time teachers.


Option (C): 39 credits

This program leads to both New York State Initial and Professional Certificates in Middle Childhood Education with a specialization in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science (grades 5-9).

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Degree requirements
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Thirty-nine credits are required for the degree.
Students must complete Secondary Education 7500X, 7310T, 7311T, prior to student teaching, SEED 7330T and 7332T. Students must obtain permission from the Program Head of middle school science education to register for these courses.

In addition to the above, the following courses are required: Secondary Education 7340T, 7503X, 7671X, and 15 credits in graduate courses in any of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science, and general science.


Option (D): 36 credits

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must hold a New York State Transitional B Certificate in Middle Childhood Education: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (grades 5-9). Requirements for the Transitional B Certificate are determined by the New York State Education Department.

This program leads to both New York State Initial and Professional Certificates in Middle Childhood Education with a specialization in biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science (grades 5-9).

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Degree requirements
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Thirty-six credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete Secondary Education 7500X, 7310T, 7311T, 7320X, 7503X, 7671T and 7340T. Students must obtain permission from the Program Head of middle school science education to register for these courses.

In addition to the above, 15 credits in graduate courses in any of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental science, and general science.

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