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Five-Year BS/BA & MS Teacher Education Programs

The Five-Year BS/BA & MS Programs are innovative academic programs that allow students who are interested in the teaching profession to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Students earn a B.S. or B.A. in one of the following majors in four years and complete a fifth year leading to an M.S. in education and initial teacher certification:

                     B.S.                                                             M.S.

                     B.A.                                                             M.S.

A key feature of these programs is that students can take up to 15 graduate education credits during their junior and senior years, charged at the lower undergraduate tuition rate. These credits can be used toward satisfying both the bachelor’s as well as the master’s degree requirements. Combining undergraduate and graduate degree programs streamlines the teacher preparation program and enables students to achieve teacher certification on an accelerated basis, reducing the time and cost needed to earn a master’s degree. In addition, the multiple career options offer students the opportunity to acquire skills and credentials in several teaching specialization areas, thus increasing their employment potential in schools that need teachers to fill multiple and flexible roles.

Special Offerings

  • Take 15 graduate credits while an undergraduate, charged at the lower undergraduate tuition rate
  • Work with experienced expert professors with real world experience
  • Participate in fieldwork and real-life applications
  • Attend small classes
  • Take New York State Certification workshops on-site

Admissions and Eligibility Criteria

  • NY Regents diploma with 85+ average
  • Placed at ENGL 111 and MATH 115 on Mercy College placement exam
  • Official GRE General Test scores OR Praxis Core Academick Skills test to continue with the Graduate portion of the program


Mary Ellen Hoffman, Associate Dean: or 914-674-7334