New MST program in Adolescent General Education

The Master of Science for Teachers (MST) program provides a solid foundation for candidates who want to teach but do not have an undergraduate degree in education.  Every MST candidate enrolled in our program is challenged to reflect on his or her prior notions of schools, classrooms, teaching and learning. Differentiated instruction is emphasized and technology is incorporated into all aspects of the program. Candidates exit the program with the pedagogical knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become a successful classroom teacher.

The MST in Adolescent General Education is a 30-credit program which prepares candidates to become knowledgeable to teach subject-specific content to all adolescent students, including students with disabilities and those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Candidates will engage in a 30-credit program that provides content and practices appropriate to inclusive classrooms, and provides candidates with clinically-enhanced experiences throughout the program. This program will lead to certification in adolescent education in a content area.
This program is offered on our Westchester (Pleasantville) campus. MST candidates may choose to pursue the program on a full- or part-time basis.  Candidates may not register for more than 9 graduate credits or three courses, (9 credits is considered full-time study at the graduate level), in the fall and spring semesters. 
Criteria for full admission include: Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, submission and review of official undergraduate transcripts documenting completion of Pace distribution requirements for the liberal arts and sciences, positive recommendations, a major or concentration in the liberal arts and sciences and no more than 6 credits of deficiencies in SPA required coursework. Upon the recommendation of the Director of Student Support Services or program coordinators, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional/provisional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully

For more information, please contact Linda Guyette Hamell, Director of Student Support Services in Westchester at (914) 773-3571 or via email.

Prior to student teaching, students must successfully complete:
  • 70 Hours of classroom observations
  • Workshop on child abuse and violence prevention (TCH 211A)
  • Antibullying workshop (TCH 211A)
  • Course deficiencies (if applicable)
  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and Appropriate Subject Area CST exam
Prior to being recommended for certification, students must successfully complete:
  • Education All Students (EAS) exam

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title



EDG 601

Social Foundations



EDG 602

Adolescent Development



EDG 603

Language and Literacy in Diverse Classrooms



EDG 604

Language and Literacy for English Language Learners



EDG 605

General Assessment



EDG 606

Learning Environments



EDG 610

General Methods in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms



EDG 611 – 615

Content Methods and Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms (Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, World Languages)



EDG 617

Inclusive Literacy Assessment and Instruction



EDG 620

Teacher Researcher in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms



EDG 621

Seminar in Inclusive Adolescent Teaching and Inquiry



EDG 622

Clinical Practice: Teaching Adolescents and Teaching Adolescent Students with Disabilities 



TCH 211A

Professional Seminar I: Keeping Children Safe



TCH 211D

DASA Workshop