Teaching, Learning, & Leadership

M.S.ED. in Adolescence Urban Education (Grades 7-12)

The 39-45 credit M.S.Ed. in Adolescence Urban Education (Grades 7-12) is for students without prior certification and leads to the degree of Master of Science in Education and eligibility for initial NYS certification in Adolescence Education, grades 7-12. It prepares students to teach one of the content areas (Biology, Chemistry, English, Math or Social Studies) at the secondary level. Prior coursework in the intended content area is required. There is also a 33-39 credit M.S.Ed. in Adolescence Urban Education (Grades 7-12) for students who already have certification in another area.

Optional extensions are also available for students wishing to teach in middle schools (6 credits) or in bilingual classrooms (9 credits).

Students graduating from this program are eligible for teaching certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE). Students may also apply for Internship Certification after completing the first 18 to 21 credits. Internship Certification permits students to begin teaching while they complete their degrees.

Students with prior initial certification in another area will, upon completing this program, also be eligible for professional certification in their original certification area.

A non-certification track is available for students who are not interested in or who do not qualify for certification.

Course of Study
Tier I: Diversity, Language and Literacies in Urban Education (3-6 credits)
TAL 801 Issues in Urban Education 3 credits
TAL 802 Language and Literacy 3 credits*
TAL 803 Perspectives on Disabilities 3 credits
Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (3-9 credits)
TAL 812 Lives of Adolescents 3 credits*
TAL 817 Teaching Literacy 5-12 3 credits
TAL 830 Classroom Inquiry I 3 credits
Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (15 to 21 credits)
Liberal Arts & Science (Biology, Chemistry, English, Math, Social Studies) 6-12 credits
TAL 841 Curriculum in the Secondary Classroom
(A. Biology; B. Chemistry; C. English; D. Math; E. Social Studies)
3 credits
TAL 842 Teaching Methods in the Secondary Classroom
(A. Biology; B. Chemistry; C. English; D. Math; E. Social Studies)
3 credits
TAL 880 Classroom Inquiry II 3 credits
Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (6 credits)
TAL 883A Student Teaching: Adolescence 3 credits*
TAL 971 Capstone Seminar 3 credits

Requires a minimum of 18 credits in one Liberal Arts and Science discipline for Admission. Additional coursework in LAS may be required.

*Required only of students seeking 1st initial certification

Students must also complete the following non-credit workshops offered through the School of Continuing Studies or present proof of equivalent training elsewhere:

State-Mandated Training
ALCX 702 Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
ALCX 703 Violence Prevention
ALCX 705  Harassment/Bullying/CyberBullying/Discrimnation 
Students interested in the Bilingual Extension, take the following additional courses:
TAL 823 Bilingualism & Bilingual/Multicultural Education 3 credits
TAL 862 ESL Curriculum & Methodology: Teaching Literacy K-12 3 credits
TAL 866 Native Language Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom 3 credits
Optional Middle Childhood Extension (Grade 5-6) 6 Credits
TAL 811 Lives of Children 3 credits
TAL 843 Curriculum in Middle School 3 credits


School of Education
LLC 2nd Floor
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean

516-299-2210 Albert.Inserra@liu.edu