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Undergraduate Program

4+1 Program in Teaching and Curriculum

To encourage students to consider a career in teaching, the Warner School has partnered with the department for the 4+1 program. This program allows students to earn an undergraduate and master’s degree (required for permanent certification in New York) in just five years.

Students usually complete the BA in math using two education courses to satisfy the advanced course with substantial mathematical content requirement.

This provides undergraduates the opportunity to take courses toward teaching certification and an MS degree while still in their senior year. The Warner School courses taken by undergraduates must be at the graduate level for them to count toward the master's degree, and the graduate credits earned must exceed the number of credits required for the undergraduate degree.

If you are an undergraduate, you may apply for early admission into a master's program in the fall of your senior year, however, you may not matriculate into the program until you graduate with the bachelor's degree.

It is possible to complete this program in a variety of ways depending on whether your schedule allows one semester, two semesters, or no semesters of student teaching during your senior year.

Sample Program with Senior Year Professional Practice Sequence

Fall of Senior Year

  • Theory and Practice in the Teaching (Four undergraduate or three graduate credits)
  • Reflective Teaching (Two undergraduate or one graduate credit)
  • Student teaching (Four undergraduate credits)
  • Adolescent Development - Master's level (Four undergraduate or three graduate credits)

Spring of Senior Year

  • Implementing Innovation (Four undergraduate or three graduate credits)
  • Reflective Teaching (Two graduate credits)
  • Spring student teaching (Eight undergraduate credits)

Summer

(Student becomes a matriculated master's student)

  • Foundations requirement (Three graduate credits; regular MS course)
  • Curriculum requirement (Three graduate credits; regular MS course)
  • Adolescent Development (if necessary)

Note: At this point, the student will) completed certification requirements.

Fall Semester (Full Time) or Fall, Spring and Summer (Part Time)

  • Master's Core Course (Three graduate credits; regular MS course)
  • Master's Research Methods (Three graduate credits; regular MS course)
  • Electives as needed (Three graduate credits; regular MS course)
  • Master's Thesis

Sample Program with Some Professional Teacher Preparation Senior Year

Fall of Senior Year

  • Theory and Practice (Four undergraduate or three graduate credits)
  • Reflective seminar (One graduate credit)
  • Fall student teaching (Four undergraduate credits)
  • Other undergraduate courses needed to graduate

Spring of Senior Year

  • Other undergraduate courses needed to graduate
  • Adolescent Development and/or other education courses

Summer

(Student becomes a matriculated master's student)

  • Foundations requirement (Three graduate credits)
  • Curriculum requirement (Three graduate credits)
  • Master's Research Methods 

Fall (Full Time)

  • Master's core course (Three graduate credits)
  • Electives as needed

Spring (Full Time)

  • Implementing Innovation (Three graduate credits)
  • Reflective seminar (Two graduate credits)
  • Spring student teaching (Six graduate credits)
  • Master's Thesis 

Sample Program with No Professional Teacher Preparation

Fall/Spring of Senior Year

  • Undergraduate courses needed to graduate
  • Two or more education courses

Summer

(Student becomes a matriculated master's student)

  • Foundations requirement (Three graduate credits)
  • Curriculum requirement (Three graduate credits)
  • Adolescent Development (Three graduate credits)

Fall (Full Time)

  • Master's core course (Three graduate credits)
  • Education elective (Three graduate credits)
  • Theory and Practice (Three graduate credits)
  • Reflective seminar (One graduate credit)
  • Fall student teaching (Three graduate credits)

Spring (Full Time)

  • Implementing Innovation (Three graduate credits)
  • Reflective seminar (Two graduate credits)
  • Spring student teaching (Part of certification requirements)
  • Master's Thesis