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MS in Childhood Education and TESOL (Dual Certification)

The MS in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (grades Pre-K-12) at the University of Mount Saint Vincent is a clinically-rich accelerated program designed for career changers or recent college graduates who wish to fulfill the academic requirements of two New York State teaching licenses over four semesters in one year.

Students begin the program in the summer and spend the next year completing coursework while gaining valuable classroom experience under the combined supervision of University of Mount Saint Vincent faculty and experienced mentor-teachers.

This clinically-rich program provides teacher candidates with the pedagogical skills and content area knowledge to develop and deliver instruction in both childhood education (grades 1 through 6) and TESOL (Pre-K-12). This 14-month accelerated program consists of 45 credits and blends vital academic content with practical classroom teaching experience through a Teaching Fellows residency program.

Fellows are paired with a classroom mentor teacher. Mount Saint Vincent Teaching Fellows work alongside their mentors in a grade-appropriate classroom, attend school-based staff meetings and professional development seminars, and assume instructional responsibilities as assigned. Before starting classroom-based activities in the fall, all Teaching Fellows complete foundational coursework designed to provide the professional knowledge and skills upon which to build a successful career in education.

Sample Program

  • First Term – Summer 1 Term: June-August (12 credits)
  • Second Term – Fall 1 coursework and clinical classroom experience (12 credits)
  • Third Term – Spring 1 coursework and clinical classroom experience (12 credits)
  • Fourth Term – Summer 2 term coursework and clinical classroom experience: June-August  (9 credits)  
    View a more detailed sample program plan

Successful completion of this program and required licensure exams leads to a master’s degree plus teaching licenses in Childhood Education (grades 1-6 ) and TESOL (Pre-K-12).