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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, , New York ,United States

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Your Path to Professional Teaching Certification for New York State
The Master of Arts in Educational Psychology meets the academic requirements for New York State Professional Teacher Certification. Public, private, and international school teachers explore the psychology of being an excellent educator in this New York State Department of Education approved program.

Two tracks – Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) plus Middle School Extension (grades 5-6)
Courses are designed to address your teaching needs. Concentrations of courses are specifically designed for the unique needs of the age and development level of students you teach. Both tracks of the M.A. in Educational Psychology require the successful completion of 36 credit hours of coursework. 

Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
The first track meets the academic requirements for application to Professional Certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) for candidates with initial teacher certification in this area.

Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) plus Middle School Extension (grades 5-6)
The second track meets the academic requirements for application to Professional Certification in Adolescent Education (grades 7-12) and is designed for candidates who possess initial certification in one of the Adolescence Education areas: History, Science (Biology or Chemistry), Mathematics, Languages (French or Spanish), and English. Also, the second track meets the academic requirements for initial and professional certification in Middle School Extension (grades 5-6).

Electronic Portfolio
In order to graduate with a master's degree, all teacher education candidates are required to complete, submit, and defend an electronic portfolio based on the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards as their capstone project. The electronic portfolio demonstrates the professional knowledge and skills candidates have developed across the program. This is a multimedia, standards-based document that is stored online.

An early course, Content Area Assessment and Portfolio Development, (EPSY 506) prepares candidates to use the online Marist system for portfolio development. Candidates are required, in their last semester in the program, to participate in meetings throughout the semester in order to receive guidance and help to complete their electronic portfolio. Candidates will complete, submit, and defend their electronic portfolio in their last semester. Completion is recorded when the portfolio is passed. Passing the electronic portfolio is a requirement for the master's degree.

Marist teacher preparation programs at the Initial Certification and Advanced Certification levels are registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Marist is a member of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP)


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Human Resources

In strategic partnership with the Marist community, the Office of Human Resources is committed to cultivating an equitable and distinctive workplace. We do this through the attraction, development, and recognition of a diverse and talented workforce.

Our team provides effective services and solutions in support of the College's mission and core values, including:

  • Benefits and compensation administration
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local laws
  • Employee and labor relations
  • Employee records management
  • Learning and development
  • Performance management
  • Policy development and interpretation
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Strategic planning

Benefits at Marist

At Marist College, we value your health and wellness and understand your need for quality, affordable care.  The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing faculty and staff with a best-in-class benefits program that offers rich benefits, services and planning for financial security. 

The Office of Human Resources continually strives to exceed the expectations of the College community.  To achieve this goal, we are excited to be developing new benefit programs for eligible employees in Wellness, Work/Life Balance, Training and Development.

Marist College offers all eligible employees the following benefit programs:

Health Benefits

  • Dental and Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits

Retirement Plans

  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Holiday Schedule
  • Vacation, Sick & Personal Time
  • Discount Programs

The actual terms of the various employee benefit plans are stated in and governed by the formal plan documents. Additional information may be found on the myMarist employee portal.

PSW Opportunity

12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the above-listed requirements, international applicants must also submit the following:

  • Minimum academic overall CGPA of 60% or GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 7/10 or first division graduation with minimal backlogs
    • Scans of marksheets, consolidated marksheet, and provisional certificate if available may be uploaded to GradCAS
  • Proof of English proficiency is required for students who have earned their Bachelor’s degrees outside of the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom. (Upload scans of scores to GradCAS)
  • Students with a 68% or higher CGPA with minimal backlogs meet English requirements if they present scores:
    • IELTS 6.0
    • TOEFL 70
    • PTE 50
  • Students who have a CGPA lower than 68% are required to have higher English proficiency scores.
    • IELTS 6.5
    • TOEFL 79
    • PTE 58
  • Scanned scores are accepted for an admission decision. Official scores for TOEFL and PTE are required for an I-20. Report official scores:
    • IELTS (Marist will verify scores, no official score reporting is required.)
    • TOEFL (Official scores to GradCAS for Marist, report code B886)
    • PTE (Official scores to GradCAS for Marist, report code 2400)
  • Accepted students need to provide financial documents for an I-20 to be issued.
    • Copy of Declaration of Financial Form/Affidavit of Support signed by each person listed on the bank account or loan documents
    • A letter signed by a bank manager stating that a minimum amount is accessible to cover the cost for the academic year: