Master's Programs

Gain the skills, insights, and credentials you need to lead in the classroom and the school.

Whether you are just starting out in your career or you’ve already logged a few years in the classroom, our master’s degrees will provide you with invaluable field experience, a variety of innovative pedagogical approaches, so you can become certified to teach in New York State, move on in your career as a leader, or specialize in an area such as mathematics education and teaching literacy.

Students who successfully complete an MS program and have fewer than three years of teaching experience will be eligible for initial NYSED certification. NYS-certified teachers with more than three years of experience will earn professional certification.

Most programs offer several concentrations and flexible course options. If you’re already certified to teach, an advanced certificate might be right for you. We offer master's programs in:

Biology Education

The Master of Science in Biology Education (Grades 7-12 with downward extension to Grade 5) program is committed to the academic and professional preparation of highly qualified biology teachers through rigorous, integrated coursework. As such, its overarching purpose is to develop teachers who will demonstrate proficiency in content and pedagogy; intellectual rigor; and both compassion and high expectations for students’ skills, understanding, and appreciation.

Childhood Education and Special Education

We offer an MS degree in Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6), and Jewish special education,  available online (except for student teaching courses) and in traditional classrooms. We also offer NYS Education Department (NYSED)-required seminars in topics such as school violence prevention and child abuse, and workshops on bullying and harassment and on autism. This program leads to New York State Certification in General Education and Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6.

Early Childhood Education and Special Education

Earn an Early Childhood & Special Education (Birth-2). Focus on early childhood development, intervention, and learning processes for children, including those with disabilities, from birth to grade 2. In addition to traditional classroom-based courses, online courses are available for the entire program, except student teaching courses. We also offer New York State Education Department (NYSED)-required seminars in topics such as school violence prevention and child abuse, and workshops on bullying and harassment and on autism. This program leads to New York State Certification in General Education and Students with Disabilities, Birth to Grade 2. 

Instructional Technology

The MS in Instructional Technology prepares our graduates to become technology teachers and coordinators in K-12, collegiate, and corporate settings. Certified teachers who complete the program will be eligible for NYS teacher certification in educational technology, and many graduates will be eligible for the New York City salary differential. This degree is available on campus at West 31st Street, or online through live video conferencing.

Literacy

The Master of Literacy program prepares teachers to become Literacy Specialists who work with students with reading and writing difficulties. The program includes ample field experience and leads to certification in both Birth – Grade 6 and Grades 5 – 12. Classes are offered online, as well as on site in Bay Shore in the evenings. 

Mathematics

Become certified to teach 5th-12th grade math. We offer an MS in Mathematics Education Leading to Initial Certification, as well as an MS in Mathematics Education Leading to Professional Certification for already-certified teachers who need a Masters degree.

School Counseling

Help a diverse range of students build the academic and interpersonal skills they need to thrive in school and in life. Our 3-year school counseling program is ideal for professional educators who work with underrepresented groups in the greater NYC-metro area.

School Leadership

Educators interested in an advanced degree may pursue an MS to become a School Building Leader or School District Leader. Because many students are working professionals, we offer evening, weekend, and online courses.

Special Education, Generalist, Grades 7-12

We offer an MS degree in Special Education, Generalist, Grades 7-12, available online (except for student teaching courses) and in traditional classrooms. We also offer NYS Education Department (NYSED)-required seminars in topics such as school violence prevention and child abuse, and workshops on bullying and harassment and on autism. This program leads to New York State Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, Generalist, Grades 7-12.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

We offer a Master of Science in TESOL appropriate for NYS-certified PreK-12 teachers interested in expanding their teaching fields to ESL or strengthening their capacities to serve a diverse student body. Evening, Sunday, and online courses are available.