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MS without teaching certification

Applications open September 1, 2023

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Program overview

Few careers give people the opportunity to impact individuals and communities like teaching.  Teaching and learning happens in forms and settings beyond traditional K-12 schools.  Warner offers several programs that will prepare you to teach what you love without the constraints of New York state teaching certification, giving you freedom to follow your interests and passions. This program is ideal for those who want to teach outside of the United States or in private schools and other educational settings, including informal and after-school environments, and community-based organizations. International students will find these Warner programs especially attractive.

You can also choose some online courses to significantly reduce your trips to campus, and take advantage of scholarships to make the program affordable.

All of the master's degree programs described below prepare students to teach in a great variety of contexts that do not require specific credentials – such as charter and independent K-12 schools, schools outside the U.S., community colleges, community organizations, museums, afterschool programs, or camps.  None lead to New York state teaching certification.

Key program features

  • Customizable: We have many available options that will allow you to specialize in your area of interest; each option has at least 9 credits of electives.
  • Shortest Path: Only 30 credits of coursework – the minimum required by New York state for master’s degrees; up to 10 credits transferrable from prior graduate coursework in lieu of electives.
  • Flexible: All programs can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study; no required internships.
  • Focus on Content-Specific Innovative Teaching: All options include at least three courses focusing on teaching and learning of your chosen subject or age level.
  • Some Online Offerings: More than half of the program can be completed fully online, if desired to reduce trip to campus or residency in Rochester.
  •  Opportunities to Add Specializations: With few additional credits, you can also pursue an advanced certificate in Online Teaching, Digitally-Rich Teaching, Teacher Leadership or Program Evaluation to make you more effective and marketable. If desired, you can do so as part of a “combined program” that will facilitate securing the appropriate visa for international students and extent loan eligibility for domestic students. 


  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • Prior content preparation in the subject you want to teach.

Scholarships, Tuition, & Financial Aid


Speciality areas

At Warner, you can choose among a number of master’s degrees in teaching, depending on your interest and area of specialization.  If interested, you can also select an “combined” option for each of the programs listed above, which will allow you to pursue the master’s program of your choice concurrently with at least one the advanced certificates listed below – thus leading to multiple credentials for only a few additional credits.  The length of this combined program and its total number of credits will depend on the chosen advanced certificate(s) and other optional enhancements; this option may be especially desirable for international students interested in additional specializations and willing to devote 4-5 semesters to their master’s program.

General options

MS in Teaching & Curriculum Regular

MS in Online Teaching & Learning

MS in Health Professions Education

Customize your degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.


Applications open September 1, 2023

ROC Urban Teaching Fellows Program

A paid teacher residency program designed to prepare teachers for the Rochester City School District.

  • 1 year paid teacher residency while studying
  • 2 years of employment following graduation
  • $10,000 toward your tuition
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Program Director

Kevin Meuwissen

Associate Professor (Clinical) & Chair

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Take a course before you apply

Take a course before you apply to one of our programs for a highly discounted price. Some credits also apply toward degree requirements.

Related certificates and degrees

Related Advanced Certificates

Opportunities for additional specializations with minimum additional credits required.

  • NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership
  • Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching
  • NYS Certification in TESOL
  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities (10 credits)

Related degrees

  • Master's Programs in Initial Teaching Certification
  • Programs Leading to New York State Professional Certification
  • Doctoral Programs in Teaching
  • GRADE Program for Undergraduate Applicants

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