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History and Adolescence Education (BA/MST)

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Want to Be a High School History Teacher?

Combine your love of history with your passion to teach with our accelerated program where you will graduate classroom-ready. Share your knowledge with young minds and let history make a difference in your future and theirs!

Why Study History and Adolescence Education at Iona?

In just five years — instead of the six it would typically take — you’ll earn a BA in History, an MST in Adolescence Education, as well as your New York State Initial teaching certification.

Our program will develop your joy in lifelong learning, so you can pass that joy onto students. You will be able to take advantage of our close proximity to New York City – rich with history, stories, and opportunities you can share with your classroom.

You will work closely with dedicated faculty who have first-hand experience as historians, researchers, teachers, principals, and school superintendents. They will become your mentors, field placement supervisors, career advisers and advocates as they help you move successfully from our campus to a classroom of your own.

What You'll Learn

You will study historical developments and their impact on societies and the world, while developing an awareness of global history and an appreciation for the factors which have shaped our world.

You will learn to use storytelling and analysis to communicate historical events, and you will gain an understanding of how students learn, so that you can engage and impact students in grades 7-12.

You will master the ability to question confidently, research diligently, examine thoroughly, communicate clearly, problem-solve creatively and plan efficiently – all skills that will make you an effective and successful teacher.

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Program Highlights

Graduate Classroom-Ready

During your MST coursework in the final year of the program, you’ll gain real experience through a student teaching placement. You’ll also earn your New York State Initial teaching certification so you’re ready to lead your own classroom immediately.

NYC: Your Other Classroom

With NYC just 20 minutes from campus, you’ll have access to many historical treasures that you can plan on sharing with your students:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • New York Historical Society
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Museum of Jewish History
  • New York Public Library
  • United Nations

AAQEP Accreditation

Iona College is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Our programs are working toward accreditation under the AAQEP standards.

Careers & Outcomes

Our BS/MST degree is designed to launch you right into a career in secondary education. You will use your knowledge of the past to impact the future by preparing the next generation to be globally aware citizens.

Our Education graduates have found placements with:

  • New York City Department of Education
  • Pelham Memorial High School
  • Eastchester Union Free School District
  • Massapequa Public Schools
  • Sacred Heart High School

Application Requirements

Students with sophomore standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher may apply for dual degree programs.