Adolescent Special Education, MST

Adolescent Special Education, MST


Adolescent Special Education, MST


Adolescent and Adolescent Special Education, MST

The MST in Inclusive Adolescent Education, also known as the STARS (Skilled Teachers Achieving Results for Students) Program, is a distinctive program that prepares educators to teach middle school or high school students with and without disabilities. Program graduates will be dually-certified adolescent and special education educators prepared to drive student success in the rigorous high school environment while focusing on the social, behavioural, and academic development of all students. The 39 credit program prepares teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery of a content area (in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, World Languages) while working with middle & high school students of diverse learning abilities.  By purposefully embedding content and fieldwork experiences related to general education, special education, and teaching English language learners throughout the program curriculum, candidates are well prepared for all students with 3 certifications in adolescent education, students with disabilities, & general special education.

The STARS Inclusive Adolescent Education Program was developed with a $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by School of Education professors and co-PIs Leslie Soodak, PhD, and Roberta Wiener, EdD, and is based on in-depth research. Soodak and Wiener were leaders of a program development effort that involved a large number of School of Education adolescent and special education faculty. The STARS Inclusive Adolescent Education Program is the first truly integrated program of its kind in the metropolitan area, and is one of few fully integrated inclusive secondary teacher education programs nationally.

For more information about the program, contact Linda Guyette, Director for Student Success: 914-773-3571


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 12 credits of deficiencies in required coursework. The GRE is also required. 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.

Prior to student teaching, students must successfully complete:

  • 150 hours of classroom observations
  • Workshop on child abuse and violence prevention (TCH 211A)
  • Antibullying workshop (TCH 211D)
  • Course deficiencies (if applicable)
  • Appropriate subject area CST exam

Prior to being recommended for certification, students must successfully complete:

  • Educating All Students (EAS) exam
  • CST in subject area
  • CST in Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • CST Multisubject 7-12

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