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Educational Studies

Master of Science
  • 30 Credits
  • School of Education
  • Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Online
  • Westchester
Education Studies


Become an education expert, learn the skills you will need to tackle our complex education questions.

For students who are interested in earning their master's degree in education, but who do not need New York teaching certification, the M.S. in Education offers six tracks:

  • Early Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Literacy
  • STEM Education
  • Students with Disabilities
  • TESOL/Bilingual Education

Many charter or private schools require a master's degree only. Check with your local administrator to determine if your school requires certification. 

In this program, students complete a thesis course, not student teaching and are also exempt from the New York State certification tests.

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Career Opportunities

  • Private school teacher
  • Charter school teacher
  • Early childhood administration
  • Children’s publishing and media
  • Children’s library or literacy services
  • Educational policy, advocacy, and government 
  • Preparation for doctoral study
  • Children’s museum directors
  • Summer camps and youth sports leaders
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Charter school management or educational professional development services


Students pursue concentrations

in early childhood, secondary education or literacy

Thesis Course

Students complete

a thesis course and are exempt from certification tests

30 Credits

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree

Classes in educational foundations, assessments & educational evolution

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The Mercy Advantage

  • Strong relationships with elementary and secondary schools across New York City and Westchester
  • Over 64,000 alumni network
  • Online courses are available
  • National accreditation by NCATE & CAEP

Admissions Requirements

Individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree may seek this master's degree if they are interested in career advancement or employment in education-related fields.

Additional requirements:

  • Official transcript - Bachelor's degree
  • Resumé
  • 3.00 GPA

Students must submit an Effective Educator Statement to complete their application. You can download requirements here. 

Please submit the completed statement to your application portal

Frequently Asked Questions

Because the degree does not lead to certification, it will not qualify you to teach in a public school setting in New York.

Coursework completed through this program could be used toward self-certification through New York's individual pathway if this option is available for the teaching endorsement being sought. However, it will not meet all academic requirements needed for certification and completion of this program alone will not make you eligible for teacher certification through the self-certification pathway.

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Program Outcomes


The program meets the needs of Distance Learning students outside of New York State and students interested in careers in education, but not in teaching public school. Examples of such careers include early childhood administration, children's museum directors, summer camps and youth sports leaders, not-for-profit organizations, and charter school management or professional development services.


The program seeks to prepare professional education experts who are reflective, knowledgeable, empowered to serve diverse populations and communities, and are equipped with technological and research skills.


The goal of the program is to provide the necessary flexibility and range of options to develop professional educators with the understanding, strategies, and commitment to work in a variety of settings. 

Program Details & Curriculum

Coursework includes a 9-credit foundation core. Students may then choose an 18-credit concentration in: Early Education, Secondary Education, or Literacy. A 3-credit capstone thesis course is required at the end of the program. The program includes elective choices allowing substantial focus on the individual's area of interest, and builds up to a creative yet practical, individualized research project.

Please note that this degree does not lead to New York State teaching certification.

  • Required Courses: 9 Credits
  • Courses in 1 of 3 Tracks: 18 Credits
  • Final Course: 3 Credits
  • Total: 30 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog