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    March 23, 2022

    Le Moyne’s Teacher Tuition Relief Program to Help Address New York State’s Teacher Shortage

    Update: As of September 2022, the Teacher Tuition Relief Program has been extended through the 2023-2024 academic year. Students entering through Spring 2024 qualify for the program. 

    As many school districts in Central New York and across the state continue to struggle to find certified teachers, Le Moyne will offer a temporary tuition decrease of approximately 35 percent for students in the College’s Master of Science in Education (MSED) and Master of Science in Teaching (MST) programs.

    “As we continue to serve our communities by ensuring the education infrastructure remains strong and vibrant, our hope is that this tuition decrease will result in helping more students who are interested in becoming teachers but were challenged by the cost of tuition,” said Wen Ma, Ph.D., chair of Le Moyne’s education department. “Le Moyne has a long history of excellence in our graduate education programs, with graduates known for their strong content knowledge, pedagogical skills and practical strategies, and for their compassion and empathy for students.”

    The Teacher Tuition Relief Program will reduce the previous cost of $779 per credit by roughly 35%. It applies to the MSED and MST programs only. Detailed tuition rates can be found on the Bursar website.

    The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) estimates that more than 87,000 teachers are set to retire in the next five years. The state union estimates that 180,000 teachers will need to be hired over the next decade to maintain current teacher-to-student ratios. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Education identified 18 teacher shortage areas throughout the state; in 2009 there were only two.

    The tuition reduction is the latest move by the College to reduce barriers to enrollment in the programs. In November 2021, following the signing of legislation in New York on entry requirements for graduate programs in teaching, Le Moyne dropped the use of GRE, GMAT and other entrance exams for admission to the programs.

    The Master of Science for Teachers is a 39-credit program that leads to New York state initial and professional certification.  These are ideal tracks for those who have not previously studied in an education major and are now considering a path to teaching but are working full-time. MST students will select to pursue an inclusive childhood, inclusive adolescent, or TESOL program.  These programs are completed part-time in 21 months (considered five semesters, including summer session).  Clinically rich practicum experiences are required throughout the program with a final semester of full-time student teaching.

    The Master of Science in Education I is designed for students who currently hold a valid initial certification and are seeking professional certification in the same field. These part-time, 30 credit hour programs are completed over two years, the tracks for the MSED I programs include:

    • Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
    • Dual Childhood/Special Education (grades 1-6)
    • Adolescent Education (grades 7-12)
    • Dual Adolescent/Special Education (grades 7-12)

    The Master of Science in Education II is for initially certified teachers who wish to earn their professional certification or extend their certification into an additional area of study. These part-time, 30 credit hour programs can be completed within two years, the tracks for the MSED II programs include;

    • Inclusive Childhood & Special Education (grades 1-6)
    • Childhood Education (grades 1-6)
    • Inclusive Adolescent & Special Education (grades 7-12)  
    • Adolescent Education (grades 7-12)
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Pre-K to grade 12)
    • Teaching Literacy (birth-6 and 5-12)

    Join us for a MST/MSED virtual information session to learn more about these degree tracks and the Teacher Tuition Relief Program. Otherwise, for more information or for any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at Le Moyne at [email protected] or call 315-445-5444.

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