M.S. in Adolescence Education: Earth Science (for current teachers including extension to grades 5-6) SZ3

This program leads to the following NYS Certifications:
Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in earth science (initial + professional)
Extension to teach earth science in grades 5-6
Professional teaching certification in the original area of certification

Course requirements

This program includes a total of 32 credits. When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Adolescence Education: Earth Science (for current teachers including extension to grades 5-6) SZ3

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
or ED404 Teaching, Curriculum, and Change

Specialization Courses   

Transferred for all secondary teachers
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
EDU434 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science
EDU448 Implementing Innovation in Science Education
EDU486 Integrating Science and Technology
EDU429 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary School
EDU427 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in School
or ED446 Collaborative Teaching Partnerships in Inclusive Classrooms


Choose electives for a total of 6 credits.

EDF416S Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Science)


If EDU427 is chosen, then one of the electives should be EDU498 -- Literacy Learning as Social Practice.

Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.

  • Initial Teaching Certification in any specialization
  • Master's Essay or Thesis
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought (Required for program completion with Spring 2019 admits)
  • Initiate NY State Teacher certification process with the Warner School Certification Officer
  • 3 Years of Teaching Experience with the First One Conducted in a Mentored Situation (NOT a graduation requirement but needed before applying for professional certification)
  • Content Prerequisite 30 credits of coursework in the sciences, including at least 18 credits in earth science (attach a completed Admissions Transcript Review Form: https://www.warner.rochester.edu/admissions/contentprep)