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Adolescent Education, Master of Science in Education

Curriculum and Instruction


The Master of Science programs in Adolescent Education (Career Change) enable prospective teachers to acquire the skills they need in such areas as language acquisition and literacy, curriculum development, instructional planning, multiple research-validated instructional strategies, content area knowledge, the uses of technology, and the history, philosophy, and role of education.

Please note that the full degree cannot be taken at the Long Island Graduate Center and at least one course must be taken at our Queens campus.

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Graduates of our program have:

  • a breadth of knowledge in both liberal arts and sciences and the subject areas they will teach
  • pedagogical knowledge with the understanding and skills necessary to be competent and qualified professionals
  • the ability to promote the well-being of students by providing a supportive and nuturing learning environment
  • the ability to form productive connections with students of diverse background and varying abilities

Certification Areas - Adolescent

  • Biology
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish



Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information.


Required Foundations


  • EDU 7000: Psychological Foundations of Learning OR EDU 7222: Philosophical, Historical & Sociological Foundations of Education
  • EDU 7290: Human Relations in Multicultural and Inclusive Settings (Recommended in conjunction with Required methods Courses a,b,or c)

Required Special Education Course

  • EDU 9711: Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities

Required Methods Courses

  • EDU 3200: Language Acquisition & Literacy Dev for General Ed/English Lang Learners (ELL)
  • EDU 7295: Teaching and Learning (Adolescent)
  • EDU 3270: Theories of and Strategies for Teaching Literacy in the Content Area 
  • EDU 7267: Technology for Literary-Based Application in Content Area Learning in regular & Special Ed. Settings OR EDU 7666: Developing Curriculum Material for the Web
  • EDU 7107: Methods & Strategies of Teaching MS Learners in General & Inclusive Settings

Choose One

  • EDU 7291: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Social Studies
  • EDU 7292: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Science
  • EDU 7293: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Math
  • EDU 7294: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Foreign language
  • EDU 7296: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: English

Required Research Methodology (Taken in last 6 credits of the program)

  • EDU 7585 Assessment and Evaluation in the Teaching/Learning Process 

Student Teaching (Taken in last 6 credits of program)

  • EDU 7117/7117i Adolescent Associate Teaching (Student Teaching/Internship)
    Prerequisite: Must pass EAS,ALST and CST and complete required workshops

Career Outcomes

The programs will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of language acquisition and literacy by native English speakers and students who are English language learners (ELLs).

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of first and second language acquisition.
  • Apply the theoretical underpinnings and processes of language acquisition and literacy to use in the classroom.
  • Identify types, purposes, and uses of language.

Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum development and instructional planning including, but not limited to, those identified by the national standards in the student’s content area.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of curriculum development and planning.
  • Develop strategies for instructional planning in one’s content area, congruent with the national standards in the specific content area.
  • Use technology as a resource to address the needs of all learners when developing and implementing instructional strategies in the content area.

Demonstrate ability to utilize multiple research-validated strategies

  • Demonstrate knowledge of various approaches/designs/analyses to educational research, including classroom-based research approaches.
  • Demonstrate “caring” strategies for students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds in congruence with TEAC measures and appropriate national standards.
  • Demonstrate how research findings of professional organizations can be used to strengthen and update professional practice.

Demonstrate a wide breadth and depth of knowledge in one’s content area.

  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge of content area, including grade level equivalents (i.e. American History, European History.
  • Describe strategies for teaching content area subject matter.
  • Demonstrate strategies for teaching a content area topic.

Demonstrate understanding of the history, philosophy, and role of education.

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the socio/cultural, historical and philosophical factors that have impacted education.
  • Translate theoretical knowledge of socio/cultural, historical and philosophical factors into utilization of particular strategies in the classroom.
  • Identify local, national and global current events and their impact on education

Demonstrate the Vincentian value of service.

  • Complete a service-learning project with middle school and/or high school students in an urban public setting.

Department Contacts

Dr. Xiaojun (June) Chen

Chair and Associate Professor

Sullivan Hall Room 420
c[email protected]