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Online Graduate Programs in Adolescence Education

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31 to 42
full-time or part-time
No GRE required

Excel as a Teacher

Saint Rose prepares extraordinary teachers, here’s how.

The Saint Rose Master of Science in Adolescence Education and Advanced Certificate in Adolescence Education are designed for individuals who want to merge their passion for biology, English, mathematics, or social studies with teaching adolescents.

Small classes, caring and dedicated professors, and rigorous preparation for classroom teaching are hallmarks of the Adolescence Education program at The College of Saint Rose.

Students complete classroom and field experiences that will lead to initial and professional certification for 7th-12th grade in their content area in New York State. An optional extension will allow students to teach their content area in 5th and 6th grades.

Program Options

Master of Science in Adolescence Education

The 42 credits master’s degree program is for applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in the content area and are seeking a master’s degree in education.

Certificate in Adolescence Education

The 31 credits Advanced Certificate program is for applicants who already have a master’s degree and are looking for the education classes to become a certified teacher.

How the Online Master’s Program Works

The Saint Rose curriculum development master’s degree is an online-only program, with both asynchronous and synchronous learning options. As with other online graduate programs, all coursework is completed online, but that doesn’t mean students must sacrifice personalized attention and mentoring. With a range of online course offerings, instructors at Saint Rose have various options for supporting online learners both technologically and personally.

  • complete MSED Curriculum and Instruction by livestreaming class in real timeLivestreamCourses that livestream allow students to complete coursework alongside classmates via Zoom at a scheduled time in the evening.
  • complete MSED Curriculum and Instruction on-demand on your timeOn-DemandOn-demand course delivery allows students to log on at times that are convenient for them to view lectures and complete coursework.

Program Highlights

Piece together your certification puzzle at your own pace.

  • Start the program as a full time or part time student in the fall, spring or summer, then complete your last semester through a full time student teaching placement.
  • Attend evening courses (4:30pm or 7:15pm start times) that meet once a week to accommodate life’s busy schedules.
  • Learn from passionate and highly credentialed faculty with decades of experience as classroom teachers.
  • Connect your learning at Saint Rose to your future classroom by integrating pre-service student teaching hours with curriculum based on theory and practice.
  • Be expertly prepared for the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and certification process through additional campus based workshops, seminars, and one on one meetings with faculty.
  • Join our renowned alumni network which is deeply connected with many school districts.

Saint Rose has many funding options that can make your education affordable:

Grants for graduate students

To inspire career-changers

Dreaming that the next chapter in your career is teaching? As part of our Build the Teacher Pipeline Initiative to address the nationwide teacher shortage, we’re offering career-changer grants of $1,500 per semester for up to five semesters for master’s degree programs leading to initial certification.

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Exceptional Faculty

Emphasis on inventive hands-on learning

Expert practitioners as well as respected researchers knowledgeable in trends throughout the global marketplace, our faculty hold you to the highest standards of ethics and transparency as well as academic excellence, and encourage you and your classmates to be effective in all aspects of business.

Dr. Fragnoli has over 10 years of public school teaching, and is strongly connected to local, state and national social studies education networks.

Dr. Fragnoli Named First Chair for New York Council for History Education


Study the content needed for modern day classrooms.

Courses include:

  • Curriculum, instruction, and methods in your content area
  • Assessment
  • Foundations of education, educational research, and educational psychology
  • Adolescent development
  • Special education
  • Middle school theory and practice
  • Literacy

5th – 6th Grade Extensions
Want to expand the range of students you can teach or deep dive into a subject area? Add on to your 7th – 12th Grade certification with an optional 6-credit 5th through 6th Grade Extension. Extensions are available in the content area of your initial certification.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education
Are you a New York State certified teacher and you hold master’s degree in education or are in the process of earning that degree? Expand your skills even more – and make yourself a versatile job candidate – with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education.

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Career Outlook

Impact the future of your students.

Rest assured, no matter where your future classroom is, you will leave Saint Rose knowing that what you do in your own classroom positively impacts students’ futures.

Listen to our alumni share their “#WhyITeach” stories, and start your path to becoming an extraordinary educator.

Explore #WhyITeach

Steven Gamache G'10 teaching in his New Orleans classroom

Steven Gamache G’10: Transformational Teaching Merits Milken Educator Award

Steven Gamache G’10, who teaches eighth-graders in New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of those educators who doesn’t just inspire kids: He helps them discover the magic of literature, love learning, and see a brighter future for themselves. Gamache was recognized with Milken Educator Award – the “Oscar of teaching” – by the Milken Family Foundation.

Read Steven's Success Story

Zack Petker

Saint Rose steps up to fill need for teachers with graduates who believe in the field

Teacher shortages have made headlines on CNN, in The Washington Post, and in publications across the country. The U.S. Department of Education reported the largest number of openings in math, special education, and science – with as many as 48 states and the District of Columbia citing a need for math teachers. And just about every week, schools call Saint Rose.

How Saint Rose Fills the Need for Educators

Schools Where Saint Rose Graduates Teach:

  • Albany Charter School Network
  • Ballston Area Community Center
  • Bethlehem Central School District
  • Brighter Choice Charter Schools
  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District
  • CA Henry County Schools
  • Capital Region BOCES
  • Charles County Public Schools
  • City School District of Albany
  • Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
  • Cohoes City School District
  • Cooperstown Central School District
  • Elmont Union Free School District, Garden City, NY
  • Georgia Longwood Central School District, Long Island, NY
  • Guilderland Central School District
  • Maryland Houston Public Schools
  • Middleburgh Central School District
  • New York City Public Schools
  • Schenectady City School District
  • Shenendehowa United Methodist Preschool
  • South Colonie Central School District
  • Texas San Diego Public Schools
  • Troy City School District

– (self-reported job outcome location from program completer surveys.)

Related Programs

Looking for initial certification?

View other master’s programs that lead to initial certification.

Looking for different professional certification programs?

View other professional certification master’s programs.

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