Master's degree and advanced certificate programs in adolescent education at Hunter College prepare prospective teachers to serve as highly effective educators in urban middle and high schools. Through rigorous course work, fieldwork and student teaching experiences in New York City schools, students learn how to provide academically rigorous education to students of diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests.
The master's degrees in adolescent education are designed for students with an undergraduate major or the equivalent in the subject, but no prior education coursework. The exception to this is the master's degree leading to professional certification in adolescent mathematics, which is intended for students who already hold initial certification in adolescent mathematics.
The advanced certificates are designed for students who already hold a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in the subject and who need only the education coursework that will qualify them for certification.
Content Knowledge in Adolescent Education
Courses in the academic discipline offered by the School of Arts & Sciences will deepen teacher candidates’ subject knowledge. Teacher candidates will learn how to use knowledge of their subject to design and implement classroom instruction that reflects State and professional standards.
Advanced certificate programs are designed to meet the needs of teacher candidates who already have a master’s degree in their subject area but who need the appropriate pedagogical preparation to become teachers. The education coursework in the advanced certificate program is identical to the education coursework in the master’s degree program. There are no graduate courses in the subject area in the advanced certificate program.
Teacher candidates learn the theory and practice of effective pedagogy in their subject area and gain a grounding in the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education that will inform their teaching. Candidates study research-based theories and methods of teaching students with special needs, including special education students and English language learners.
Teacher candidates learn to design lessons and units of work for students and to adapt their instruction to students’ prior knowledge and skill-level; gain expertise in analyzing and using assessments of student achievement to guide and inform their instruction; master the use of technology as a tool for teaching their subject; learn to manage their classrooms to provide effective instruction for all students; and practice ways to assess and reflect on their teaching in order to strengthen their work with students and grow as professionals.
Teacher candidates learn to create humane and ethical learning communities in their classrooms and schools in which all students receive the support they need to achieve academically. Candidates learn to communicate effectively with parents, families, community members and other members of the school faculty and staff in order to provide this support.