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M.S. in Adolescence Education: Biology (TB3)

(as of 08/30/2016)


The core program leads a NYS Certification in Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in biology (initial + professional).

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the TB3 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional NYS extension to teach biology in grades 5-6 [NB3] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Extension to teach biology in grades 5-6
  • Additional NYS certification for Teaching Students with Disabilities in grades 7-12 [DB6] (12 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching Students w/ disabilities in Adolescence (grades 7-12) as generalist (initial + professional)
  • Teaching students w/disabilities (grades 7-12), subject extension in biology
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership [UT1] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Additional NYS certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) grades K-12 [NT1] (10 Additional Credits)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (grades K-12) (initial + professional)

Additional Subject Options & Certifications
  • Additional NYS certification to teach chemistry in grades 7-12 [NK2]
  • Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in chemistry (initial + professional)
  • Additional NYS certification to teach physics in grades 7-12 [NP2]
  • Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in physics (initial + professional)
  • Additional NYS certification to teach earth science in grades 7-12 [NZ2]
  • Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in earth science (initial + professional)
  • Additional NYS certification to teach general science in grades 7-12 [NX2]
  • Teaching in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12), specialist in genera science (initial + professional)
  • Additional NYS extension to teach chemistry in grades 5-6 [NK3] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Extension to teach chemistry in grades 5-6
  • Additional NYS extension to teach physics in grades 5-6 [NP3] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Extension to teach physics in grades 5-6
  • Additional NYS extension to teach earth science in grades 5-6 [NZ3] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Extension to teach earth science in grades 5-6
  • Additional NYS extension to teach general science in grades 5-6 [NX3] (6 Additional Credits)
  • Extension to teach general science in grades 5-6


Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 39 credits. The detailed TB3 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed TB3 Program of Study Form.


Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields to be transferred in or completed at the Warner School prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor.

Pedagogical Core   
ED400 Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 1
ED400A Topics in Teaching and Schooling, Part 2
EDU442 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education
ED447 Disability and Schools

Literacy Requirement   
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
EDE476 Teaching English Learners in Content Classrooms

Specialization Courses   
ED415 Adolescent Development and Youth Culture (ages 10 to 20)
EDU487 Integrating Science and Literacy
EDU434 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science
EDU448 Implementing Innovation in Science Education
EDU486 Integrating Science and Technology

Internships   
EDF416S Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Science)
or EDF417S Field Experiences in Inclusive Secondary School Settings (Science)
EDF418S Student Teaching in Secondary Schools A (Science)
or EDF419S Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings A (Science)
EDF420S Student Teaching in Secondary Schools B (Science)
or EDF421S Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings B (Science)
 

Notes:



1. This set of courses and internships is required for anyone who wants to obtain NYS teacher certification to teach biology in grades 7-12, and must be completed before a degree is issued by Warner and you can obtain any of the additional NYS certifications, NYS extensions or Warner certificates identified later in this program of study form.

2. Candidates for teaching biology are required by the State of New York to pass Content Specialty Tests (CST). Content Specialty Tests are a component of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). The Warner School requires that degree candidates achieve a passing score on relevant CSTs before beginning their student teaching (not the Field Experience). The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies may waive these requirements after consultation with the Program Director and Chair of Teaching and Curriculum. ( This is a rare occurrence.)

3. If you also choose to pursue certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, you must complete all the internships in inclusive settings (i.e., select EDF417, EDF419 and EDF421)

4. Students are expected to take the methods courses and internships in the following sequence:
Summer:
- EDU487 - Integrating Science and Literacy
- EDU486 - Integrating Science and Technology

Fall:
- EDU434 - Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science
- EDF416S - Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Science)
Spring:
- EDU448 - Implementing Innovation in Science Education
- EDF418S - Student Teaching in Secondary Schools A (Science)/EDF419S - Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Schools Settings A (Science)
- EDF420S - Student Teaching in Secondary Schools B (Science)/EDF421S - Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Schools Settings B (Science)

Any deviation from this sequence needs to be agreed upon with your advisor.

5. One of the science methods courses can be used to meet the specialization in teaching and learning requirement for the Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools, and EDU486 - Integrating Science and Technology can be used to meet the specialization requirement of a course helping to design digitally-rich experiences.

6. Students interested in adding the UT1 certificate need to take Introduction to Urban Education in Summer A prior to student teaching, and the two UT1 seminars concurrent with their field experiences/student teaching.


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.

  • B.A. or B.S. Degree w/ Major in One or More Liberal Arts or Sciences
  • Teacher Candidates Comprehensive Portfolio
  • NYS-approved Workshop on Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse
  • NYS-approved Workshop on School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Discrimination Prevention and Intervention
  • Finger-print Supported Background Check (to be completed and submitted directly to NYS at the beginning of the program)
  • NYS Exam - Educating all Students (EAS)
  • NYS Exam - Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • NYS Exam - Content Specialty Test (CST) for each area of specialization sought
  • 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)
  • Language Prerequisite (a minumum of 1 college-level course in a language other than English, or equivalent)
  • Content Prerequisite 30 credits of coursework in the sciences, including at least 18 credits in biology (attach a completed Admissions Transcript Review Form or fill in the table below)