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Our Degree Programs

All degrees receive a master of arts in teaching and a NYS initial teaching certificate.

One-Year Degree Program

(full-time, 63 graduate credits)

Course work and fieldwork are organized in a sequence of 10-week quarters. A required weeklong orientation session includes an intensive writing seminar that introduces students to an alternative teaching model, in which writing becomes the basis for collaborative learning.

Program Description

Over the course of four quarters, students complete required courses and engage in teaching and learning activities in public school classrooms. The balance of course work and field experience varies between campuses but follows a common model. The time spent in graduate courses and public schools shifts during the program year, beginning with a greater emphasis on graduate course work and finishing with a primary focus on teaching in local classrooms.