Adolescence Education Grades 7-12

Master of Science
  • 30-39 Credits
  • School of Education
  • Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Online
  • Westchester
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Adolescence Education, Grades 7 - 12 Overview

The 30-credit Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7-12, leads to initial professional certification. Professional certification candidates must have completed three years of teaching in the area of the certificate.

This program has subject concentrations for:

  • English
  • Math
  • Social studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science

Degree-seeking students in all Secondary Education programs must successfully complete the education capstone requirement specific to their degree program prior to degree conferral.

All candidates in Secondary Education are encouraged to join the national professional organization in their respective content fields.

Teaching 7th grade history.

Career Opportunities

Students can pursue careers as:

  • High school teacher, grades 9–12
  • Middle school teacher, grades 7–8
  • English, mathematics, social studies or science teacher
  • Positions in New York public & private schools

The Mercy Advantage

Dual Certification

In addition to the single certification, we offer a dual certification path: 39 credits

Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12 (English, social studies, mathematics and biology) and Teaching Students with Disabilities


4% Growth

Career Outcomes

Job growth expected to rise 4% through 2029*

*US Bureau of Labor Statistics

$85K Salary

Average Pay

For secondary school teachers in New York is more than $85,000*.

30 Credits

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree

Courses in: TESOL, educational psychology and adolescent development, and educational foundations for students with disabilities

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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Effective Educator Statement
  • Teaching Certificate (for Track II)

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

Yes, in the following programs: Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Secondary Education, 7-12. 

The School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Secondary Education, 7-12; Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Educational Supervision; Educational Administration.

Successful completion of coursework and other academic requirements.

Yes, eligible students can apply for the MISTI II Grant if they are pursuing a content area in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics. Read more here:

Program Details & Curriculum

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements 30 Credits

Master of Science in Secondary Education, Grades 7–12 Course Requirements for Dual Certification Candidates 39 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.


By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a solid content knowledge base that enables them to deliver effective educational and professional services based on current research, theory and practice
  • Employ multiple pedagogical and professional strategies and tools to enable them to be effective practitioners in educational settings and deliver services that promote students’ intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Understand the diverse cultural, linguistic, learning, and social strengths and needs of all populations, and incorporate and demonstrate sensitivity to the richness of diverse cultures when providing educational and other school services
  • Employ technology to deliver information, instruction, and professional services to all members of the school community
  • Reflect on professional practice to make educational decisions and enhance student learning
  • Demonstrate positive dispositions that enable them to work as effective educators, citizens, and practitioners within the school and broader community

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

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