With Professional Certification as a grades 7-12 teacher in New York State in the areas of English, Social Studies, Science or Mathematics
Our program supports three shared philosophical stances underlying our long-standing tradition of preparing teachers as education leaders. These stances include teaching as inquiry, teaching as curriculum making, and teaching for social justice. The overarching intention of the program is to assist educators who expect to exert leadership in their school settings and with their colleagues.
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The MA Program in Curriculum and Teaching with Professional Certification at the Secondary level (MA-CUSD), provides students with a core of common courses and experiences in critical study of pedagogy and curriculum in combination with systematic study of disciplinary foundations of school subject matters (“content”) and subject-specific pedagogies (“pedagogy”) in the area of licensure.
This 32 point program is designed for early career educators currently practicing in, or intending to practice in, New York State. A basic criterion for admission is possession of a valid initial license to teach in New York, or eligibility to acquire such a license (e.g., by virtue of holding a comparable license from another jurisdiction). Some prior experience (beyond student teaching or equivalent) is desirable, but not required. A commitment to public education is welcome (but not required). In conjunction with satisfaction of all other requirements determined by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED), successful completers of the program are eligible for professional certification in New York State in Secondary Education, subject specific (grades 7 – 12; currently, English, Social Studies, Science, Technology, or Mathematics). Detailed and up-to-date information about licensure requirements and procedures may be found at TC’s Office of Teacher Education, OTE, https://www.tc.columbia.edu/office-of-teacher-education/
Prospective students whose professional interests center around teaching in school settings, regardless of licensure status or future plans are urged to consult with Admissions and/or the Program Director early in your process. We have several different program pathways you may want to consider (including some that do not lead to certification), and we may have suggestions with respect to subjects/licensure areas in addition to those listed above. Also, licensure requirements are complex, and they differ from state to state. We can give preliminary advice on these, and can refer you to the licensure/certification experts at Teachers College as needed. though Teachers College has not made an official determination if the program leads to certification in any other state.
The MA with Professional Certification, Secondary (MA-CUSD for short) helps educators who bring imagination, critical spirit, respect for the capacities of all children and young people, and love of teaching and learning to their work. We seek to prepare educators who will increasingly exert leadership (informally and/or formally) with their colleagues, in their school settings, and in the field more broadly. The program revolves round three core tenets:
Structurally, the program is organized around a core of common coursework, and associated field experience, dealing with principles, history, and skills of curriculum design and of pedagogy, in context of an alert and critical attention to social, ethical, professional and other challenges facing educators and children in schools today. Simultaneously, CUSD students, working closely with an advisor, select from an array of “content pedagogy” courses, from within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and across the College, appropriate to their specialty, individual interests, and licensure requirements. As a connecting and culminating activity, all students conduct an “Integrative Project,” focused on an issue, problem, and/or question identified by the student.
With careful planning and advising, this 32 point program can be completed in twelve months for full-time students starting in the fall or summer semesters. However, program faculty believe that students get more out of the experiences if the program is done at a slower pace. Students have five years to complete their program.
Students in the MA-CUSD take some courses, and engage in some joint activities, with students in other Curriculum and Teaching programs, in particular, the MA in C&T with Professional Certification at the Elementary level (MA-CUED), the Master of Education (Ed.M) in C&T (60 points) and the MA in Curriculum and Teaching (MA-CURR). Faculty, as well as students, work together across all of these programs—all of which are devoted equally to the critical study and improvement of pedagogy, curriculum, and society.
Please see “MA in Curriculum & Teaching with Professional Certification (MA-CUED, MA-CUSD) Program Guide” for further information about program purposes, structure and expectations; and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
All students are assigned an advisor upon admission. It is essential that students begin working with their advisor well before commencing their studies arriving at Teachers College. Advisors can help students decide what program timeline makes best sense for them; students and advisors work together to develop the Program Plan; students are required to consult with their advisor prior to initial course selection and registration.
Requirements and schedule notes are correct as of publication. Please check the online schedule for most current scheduling information: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/courses/. In case of confusion, consult with your advisor. Students are responsible for meeting all program requirements. Please plan accordingly.
Core (shared) courses. All students in the MAs in Curriculum & Teaching with Professional Certification (CUED, CUSD) are required to take the following (14 points):
C&T 4002 Curriculum Theory and History (3) Fall, Spring, Summer
C&T 4005 Principles of Teaching and Learning (4) Fall only
(includes a required 50 hour field experience component: see
below) To be taken prior to or concurrently with C&T 4502 semester 1
C&T 4052 Designing Curriculum and Instruction (3) Fall, Spring, & Summer
Consult with advisor to assure proper section. Note: One section per year focuses on design for social studies at the elementary level, and may be
preferred by CUED students.
One of the following age/grade level specific courses:
C&T 4130 Critical Perspectives in Elementary Education (K — 6) (3) Fall only. CUED; OR
C&T 4145 Critical Perspectives in Secondary Education (3) Fall only. CUSD
C&T 4502.001 Integrative Project seminar (0 - 1) Fall only
Pre- or co-requisite: C&T 4005
Register for section designated for MA-CUED and CUSD students
Consult with advisor regarding credit allotment
C&T 4502.001 Integrative Project (0 — 1) Spring only
To be taken immediately following first semester of C&T 4502
Field Experience (in conjunction with C&T 4005)
Students who are teaching, while in the program, generally do their field experience in their own school, although for the most part not in their own classroom. In other cases, program staff work with students to find placements in New York City schools for 50 hours of independent observation and reflection on instructional practices, interactions between and among students and teachers, critical issues, curricular enactments, and design activities. The field placement typically spans ten weeks and averages five hours per week. Special note, Fall 2020: DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, AND THE COLLEGE’S CONSEQUENT PLANS FOR “DISTANCE TEACHING AND LEARNING,” FIELD EXPERIENCES IN FALL 2020 MAY BE “VIRTUAL,” IN ACCORDANCE WITH NYSED GUIDELINES. (Details to be provided in due time.)
Social Context selective courses: Diversity. (One course/2 - 3 points)
Note re: Special Education. NYSED requires that Professional Certification candidates have in their record a 3 credit stand-alone special education course aimed at developing “the skills necessary to provide instruction that will promote the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum.”
Following are examples of courses that will satisfy the “Diversity” requirement. (Information is correct as of publication.) There are numerous other possibilities (within and beyond C&T) that would satisfy this requirement. Ask around, keep an eye on your email, ask your advisor… Just remember to get advisor approval—in advance, please—to use a course not on this list in fulfillment of this requirement.
C&T 4000 Disability, Exclusion, and Schooling (3 cr) Fall, Spring, & Summer
C&T 4001 Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (2-3 cr) Fall, Spring, & Summer
C&T 4078 Curriculum and Teaching in Urban Areas (2-3) Check course schedule
C&T 4010 Immigration and Curriculum (2-3) Check course schedule
C&T 4114 Multicultural Approaches to Teaching Young Children (2-3) Fall, Spring, & Summer
C&T 5037 Literacy, Culture and the Teaching of Reading (2-3) Spring
EDP 4023 Reimagining Education (2-3) Spring (or/and, Summer Institute)
Social Context selective courses: General . (One course/2 - 3 points)
Following are examples of courses that will satisfy the “General” requirement. (Information is correct as of publication.) There are numerous other possibilities (within and beyond C&T) that would satisfy this requirement. Ask around, keep an eye on your email, ask your advisor… Just remember to get advisor approval—in advance, please—to use a course not on this list in fulfillment of this requirement.
C&T 4021 Nature and Needs of Gifted Students (2 – 3) Fall
C&T 4023 Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students (2-3) Check course schedule
C&T 4032 Gender, Difference, and Curriculum (2-3) Fall, Spring?, Summer?
C&T 4161 The Teacher: Socio-Historical, Cultural Contexts of Teaching (2-3) Spring
C&T 4615 Young Children and Social Policy (2-3) Spring, Summer, Fall
C&T 5004 School Change (3) Fall
C&T 5033 Globalization, Democracy & Curriculum (2-3) Spring
Content Pedagogy courses (12 points). Students in the MA-CUSD program take 12 points (typically, four classes) in their specialty area (area of initial licensure), from appropriate TC programs and departments, e.g.. Social Studies Education, Science Education, Mathematics Education, or English Education. Following are examples of suitable courses, offered regularly, in each area. Each program develops new courses, too: again, there are generally a good number of other possibilities. Students are encouraged to search out and propose other courses to their advisor. The basic criterion for such courses is that they will extend the student’s understanding of both the content and of pedagogies appropriate to that content.
1. Social Studies
A&HW 4032 The Study of World History & Geography
A&HW 4033 History & Geography of Europe since 1914: Selected topics
A&HW 4035 New York City as a Learning Laboratory
A&HW 4037 East Asia: Geographic Perspectives
A&HW 4038 The Study of American History & Geography
A&HW 4039 The United States Constitution: Civic Decision Making
A&HW 4040 Women of the World: Issues in Teaching
A&HW 4041 Economic Decision Making in Citizenship Education
MSTM 4019 Mathematics Teaching and Learning I
MSTM 4031 Number Theory
MSTM 4034 Exploring Secondary Mathematics
MSTM 5011 Mathematics in the Secondary School
MSTM 5019 Mathematics in Popular Culture & Media
MSTM 5020 Mathematics and Multicultural Education
MSTM 5022 Mathematics Curriculum Development
MSTM 5023 Problem Solving
MSTM 5031 Topics in the Foundations of Mathematics
MSTM 5032 Topics in Geometry/Topology
MSTM 5035 Topics in Mathematical Modeling
MSTM 5037 History of Mathematics
MSTM 5038 Topics in Mathematical Logic
MSTM 6030 Advanced Topics in Probability Theory
MSTM 6033 Advanced Topics in Algebra
MSTM 6034 Advanced Topics in Analysis
3. Science :
MSTC 4007 Urban & Multicultural Science Education
MSTC 4044 Biology Methods and Curriculum Laboratory
MSTC 4045 Earth Science Methods and Curriculum Laboratory
MSTC 4047 Physical Science Curriculum & Methods Laboratory
MSTC 4049 Middle School Living Environment Methods Laboratory
MSTC 4055 Concepts of Biology
MSTC 4056 Concepts of Earth Science
MSTC 4059 Concepts in Chemistry I
MSTC 4060 Concepts in Chemistry II
MSTC 4075 Concepts in Physics I
MSTC 4076 Concepts in Physics II
MSTC 4151 Modern Principles of Evolution
MSTC 5042 Science, Technology & Society
MSTC 5048 Curriculum and Pedagogy in Science Education
4. Technology :
MSTU 4024 Television and the Development of Youth
MSTU 4133 Cognitions and Computers
MSTU 5002 Culture, Media & Education
MSTU 5027 Tools and Toys for Knowledge Construction
MSTU 5555 Technology and Emerging Global Curriculum
5. English Education:
A&HE 4057 English Methods
A&HE 4058 Teaching of Reading
A&HE 4151 Teaching of Writing (Co-requisite with A&HE 4156 Writing: non-fiction)
New Student Advising and Online Registration
Please see note above and in the “MA in Curriculum & Teaching with Professional Certification (MA-CUED, MA-CUSD) Program Guide”: Newly admitted students need promptly to seek advising with the assigned advisor or Professor Roosevelt and begin to draft their Program Plan. A PIN (Personal Identification Number) will be assigned after consultation and agreement about first semester courses. The student will then be able to register for courses online. The Office of Admission may provide further information to assist you in the registration process (https://www.tc.columbia.edu/admission/; 212-678-3710; firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have not been notified of your advisor, please seek guidance from the Program Director.
Teachers College students must apply (i.e., declare their intent) to graduate by a specified date well in advance of each of the College’s three annual graduation dates: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/registrar/pages/degree-information/ how-to-file-for-a-masters-degree/
Please note there is only one commencement ceremony each academic year, at the end of the Spring Term . Participation in this ceremony presumes successful completion of all degree requirements as of the end of the spring term. Under certain limited circumstances specified by the College, students in good standing who have not yet completed all degree requirements may also participate (“walk”) in the May ceremony. Please consult Registrar’s Office and/or your advisor about criteria and procedures for “walking” (taking part in the ceremony without yet being awarded the diploma).
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The MA program in secondary education (CUSD) is a 32-point program, which can lead to professional certification as a grades 7-12 teacher in New York State in the areas of English, Social Studies, Science or Mathematics. The program supports three shared philosophical stances underlying our long-standing tradition of preparing teachers as education leaders. These stances include teaching as inquiry, teaching as curriculum making, and teaching for social justice. The overarching intention of the program is to assist educators who expect to exert leadership in their school settings and with their colleagues. With careful planning and advisement, the program can be completed in 12 months starting in the fall semester or the summer, or in 17 months if starting in January. The program may also be taken part-time.
Prerequisite: Initial Certification in Secondary Education in one of these areas: Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or English.
Core Courses (10 points) Students are required to take the following courses:
Students are required to take 12 points of coursework in content/pedagogy in the department and program appropriate to their area of initial certification. Students will follow the content/pedagogy courses set by the particular program in one of the following areas:
Social Context Required Courses (4 points— Only offered in the fall semester and must be taken concurrently):
Social Context Selective Courses—Diversity (2-3 points) Students choose one Selective course from the following:
Special Education Course Requirement (3 points required depending on previous experience)
New York State now requires that CUSD students, first enrolled at TC after February 1, 2011, must have a 3-credit stand-alone special education course which develops “the skills necessary to provide instruction that will promote the participation and progress of students with disabilities in the general education curriculum.” If you have had such a stand-alone 3-credit course in your undergraduate or other graduate studies, you have met this requirement. If you don’t, you should take C&T 4001 for 3 credits. Also, if you need to take C&T 4001, you will have to take C&T 4052: Designing Curriculum and Instruction for 2 points.
Social Context Selective Courses–General (2-3 points) Students choose one Selective course from the following:
Students have already met the College requirement of three courses outside their department, so electives may be taken inside or outside the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.
New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.