May 25, 2024  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English and Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12), B.A. and M.S.

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Bachelor of Arts in English

General Liberal Arts and Science  
General Education Requirements 60 credits
English and Adolescence Education  
Undergraduate Courses 36 credits
Open Electives 9 credits
Adolescence Education Graduate Courses  
Completed for B.A. degree 15 credits
Total 120 credits

Master of Science in Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12

Course work completed during B.A. degree 15 credits
Course work completed during M.S. degree 21 credits
Total 36 credits
Total combined B.A. and M.S 141 credits 

New York State requires completion of the following undergraduate Prerequisites for students seeking the Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12 in English Language Arts Certification, which will fulfill part of the General Education requirements:

Communications/Humanities/Written Analysis and Expression 3
Historical and Social Sciences 6
Scientific Processes* 6
Mathematical Processes 6
Artistic Expression 3
Information Retrieval 3
Language other than English 3

* Coursework in Environmental Science, Evolution, Nutrition or Plants and People is not acceptable for teacher certification requirements.

For specific major requirements please refer to the English section of this catalog listed within the School of Liberal Arts.

The Adolescence Education Graduate Courses that must be completed for the B.A. degree are the following

  • EDUC 500 - Educational Foundations from Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 - Foundations in Education for Students with Disabilities from Birth through Adolescence
  • EDUC 505 - Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDUC 507 - Approaches to Literacy in Early Childhood through Adolescence
  • EDUC 517 - Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development

The above 15 credits are taken as an undergraduate student as part of the B.A. degree program. The remaining 21 credits are taken as a graduate student after receiving the B.A. degree and meeting the admission requirements for acceptance into the M.S. degree program. To complete the master’s degree in one calendar year, students must take two courses during summer session. Please see Graduate Catalog for course descriptions of the above courses and for specific requirements for the M.S. degree.

Graduate Progression Criteria

In Spring of the fourth year, students in the B.A. English / M.S. Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12 program will be evaluated by the School of Education Associate Dean and graduate Program Director for a review of their qualifications to progress to the graduate education portion of the program.  Students who meet the following requirements will be permitted to progress to the graduate education portion of the 4+1 program:

  1. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and in Graduate Education courses
  2. Submit an Effective Educator Statement.
  3. Submission of an acceptable score on the Verbal Reasoning, Mathematical Reasoning, and Analytic Writing subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the PRAXIS Core Exams in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

Students in the 4+1 program who do not meet the above criteria, will not be permitted to continue to the graduate education portion of the program. Their major will be changed to the B.A. English and the undergraduate degree will be conferred upon completion of the undergraduate program. Credits earned for graduate education courses taken will be applied to the undergraduate degree as elective credit.

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