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Questions and Answers about the 5-Year Teacher Preparation Program

B.S. in Adolescence Education: English/M.A. in English

 

Question: What exactly is a five-year program?

Answer: A five-year or accelerated program is the quickest and most cost-effective route for a student to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. Typically, completing undergraduate and graduate degrees would take six years to complete. In a five-year program, by completing graduate courses while still an undergraduate, students can shorten their completion time for the two degrees by one year. Students begin taking graduate courses during their junior year.

Question: Will I receive my undergraduate degree after the fourth year?

Answer: No. Since the two degrees are tied together in the accelerated format, students will receive both degrees at the end of the five years. Students can “opt out” of the fifth year of graduate work and receive the respective Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education: English only at the end of the fourth year. However, by opting out of the fifth year, students forfeit the ability to use any completed graduate courses toward a master’s degree.

Question: How do these the five-year program work? How many credits will I be taking?

Answer: The four-year degree require 129 credits to complete. The two-year master’s degree in the five-year program requires 33 to complete. In a five-year program, qualified undergraduates are allowed to take four to five graduate courses replacing four to five undergraduate courses. Here’s how the credits add up:

 

B.S. in Adolescence Education: English 129 credits
M.A. in English 33 credits
Total credits taken separately 162 credits
Total credits taken in five-year program 150 credits
Credits saved 12 credits

Question: Will my undergraduate scholarship apply to the fifth year in these programs?

Answer: No. At this time, undergraduate scholarships can only apply to the first four years of these programs. However, qualified students can receive graduate scholarships for the fifth year. Interested students must apply through Graduate Admissions 516-299-2900, post-enroll@liu.edu) by July 1 of the summer between their senior year and the fifth year of the program for graduate scholarships.

Question: What are the advantages of completing the five-year program?

Answer: On top of the reduction in completion time and cost, graduates of the program will have a broader and deeper background in their respective content area – English education. This should result in better preparation for the required content specialty exams in order to become certified to teach in New York State. In addition, by having this additional background in the content area, graduates will be better prepared to teach Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in high schools. Graduates of the five-year program will have completed all the necessary course work to become initially and professionally (or permanently certified) after three years of teaching in New York State.

Question: How do these programs work in terms of teacher certification?

Answer: Graduates of the five-year program will have completed all the necessary course work to become initially certified to teach in English. Furthermore, since a master’s degree is also awarded at the completion of these programs, graduates will also have completed all the necessary course work to become professionally (or permanently certified) after three years of teaching in New York State. Graduates must also complete the necessary exams -- Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills (ATS-W), Content Specialty Exam (CST) -- and receive fingerprint clearance in order to become a certified teacher in New York.

Question: When will I student teach in the five-year program?

Answer: Students in the five-year program in English will student teach during the spring of their senior year.

Question: What happens if I “opt out” of the fifth year of the program? Will I still be able to teach?

Answer: Students who opt out of the fifth year will receive the Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education: English. With this degree and the satisfactory completion of the necessary examinations, students will receive initial certification from New York State. In order to obtain professional (or permanent) certification, these students will still need to complete a master’s degree within 5 years after becoming initially certified. Any graduate courses completed during their four years in the accelerated program cannot be applied toward a master’s degree.

Question: How do I get admitted into the five-year program?

Answer: Interested applicants should contact our LIU Post Admissions Office at 516-299-2900 or post-enroll@liu.edu to apply. Transfer students cannot be admitted into these programs until the spring of their junior year. Continuing students must have 3.0 cumulative and content area GPAs and meet with the respective graduate advisor in order to take graduate courses in these programs. Any interested student should contact the graduate advisor for more information:

English
Dr. Dennis Pahl
Phone: 516-299-2961
Email: dennis.pahl@liu.edu