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Manhattanville undergraduate students are encouraged to consider teaching as a career.  Manhattanville's teacher education programs are competency-based; the prospective teacher must complete the required courses with satisfactory grades, demonstrate competence in specific knowledge and skills and demonstrate the ability to combine these competencies with the teaching of children and/or adolescents.

Admission to the School of Education is not automatically granted with acceptance to the College.  Typically, students submit an application during the semester in which they are taking EDU 2000 or EDU 3017 (Early Childhood).  A G.P.A. of 2.75 is required to major in education and to student teach.  Transfer students who have had the equivalent of EDU 2000 prior to their arrival at Manhattanville are strongly urged to make their application to the School of Education at the same time that they are applying to Manhattanville so that appropriate advising for their program can begin as soon as possible. 

Specific course requirements for each undergraduate certification program, as well as New York State certification requirements and overall program requirements are outlined in detail in the School of Education Undergraduate Catalog, available in the School of Education.  The information in this booklet should be considered part of the official Manhattanville catalog.

Students may select the traditional B.A. Program, the Accelerated ("Senior Start") Program or the Dual Degree Honors Program.  The Accelerated ("Senior Start") Program and the Dual Degree Honors Program lead to a B.A. (or B.F.A or B.Mus.) and either a Master of Arts in Teaching or a Master of Professional Studies degree.  

The Traditional B.A., B.F.A. and B.Mus. Programs

 

These programs allow students to work toward the following New York State certifications:

  • Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2 and Grades 1-6)         
  • Adolescence Education and Middle Childhood: English, Math, Social Studies, Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics),
  • Second Language (French, Italian, Latin or Spanish) (Grades 7-12 with extension in Gr. 5-6)
  • Visual Arts Education (All Grades)
  • Music Education (All Grades)
  • Theatre Education (All Grades)

With the exception of Music Education and Art Education, students in education programs at Manhattanville major in two areas.  They must follow a traditional B.A. program with a major in one of the liberal arts and complete a second major in Education.  Art Education students major in Studio Art and minor in Art Education.  Music Education students major in Music Education and require no additional major or minor.  Theatre Education students major in Dance and Theatre with a second major in Theatre Education.  All B.A., B.F.A. and B.Mus. students do their Clinical Experience (student teaching) during the senior year.  Upon graduation, they will be eligible for a New York State initial certification that will allow them to work in a mentored teaching environment.  They then have five years to complete a Masters degree. 

Preparation for the Masters program in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy   

Students who wish to prepare for the new Manhattanville Masters program leading to certification in Physical Education should plan to take the prerequisites for that program during their undergraduate years in addition to the courses required for their major and minor areas.  Depending on their grades, students may be eligible for the Fast Start Scholarship and Senior Start Program described above. 

Prerequisites for the Physical Education program include:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • New York State General Education Requirements listed in the table on page 12
  • EDU 2000 Fundamentals of Schools and Teaching
  • EDU 3367 Methods for Teaching Literacy I
  • A course in Child or Adolescent Development, (PSY 2001 or PSY 2002)
  • A course in Nutrition
  • Two of the following courses: BIO I, BIO 2, BIO 3007 Human Anatomy and Physiology, DTH 3645 Anatomy and Kinesiology 

The B.A./M.A.T. Dual Degree Honors Program

The B.A./M.A.T. Dual Degree Honors Program streamlines the high achieving student's path through the Bachelor's and the Master's degree.  In this program, undergraduate students intent on a teaching career major in one of the liberal arts and minor in an area other than education.  They save the majority of their education courses for the Master's program.  However, the completion of the Master's program is accelerated since they are allowed to take up to 15 graduate credits in education as undergraduates, with these credits counting toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

A full semester of student teaching is done during the year following the granting of an undergraduate degree, after all of the coursework toward the Master's degree has been completed.  On completion of the Master's degree, students may receive state certification in one or two areas. 

Students interested in applying for the Dual Degree Honors Program should plan to meet as early as possible, usually by the second semester of the freshman year, with the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Education to discuss their choices.  Students must achieve and maintain at least a 3.4 G.P.A. to be eligible for the program.  They must also have completed the two prerequisites for all graduate education courses, EDU 2000 and either Psych 2001 or 2002, with a grade of B- or better.  Specific course requirements for each undergraduate certification program, as well as New York State certification requirements and overall program requirements are outlined in detail in the School of Education Undergraduate Catalog, available in the School of Education.  The information in this booklet should be considered part of the official Manhattanville catalog. 

Fast Start

Fast Start is a graduate program offered to undergraduate students who graduated from Manhattanville.  Fast Start students receive 20 % reduction in tuition for the entire master's degree program in education, provided that the Fast Start students attend full-time and begin their program immediately after graduating with a bachelor's degree (either the following Summer I, Summer II, or Fall).