Sage Adds to Accelerated and Linked Degree Options

May 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Albany & Troy, NY – The Sage Colleges continue to respond to the economically-driven demand for accelerated college degrees by offering two new dual degree options: the 3+1 bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and master’s degree in Special Education, and the 4+1 bachelor’s in Physical Education and master’s in School Health Education. With both options, students can earn two degrees – and two teaching certifications – in just four or five years.

At Russell Sage College for women, students can earn their bachelor’s and initial certification in Childhood Education through the Discovery Degree program, which allows qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years while enhancing their major through interdisciplinary coursework. (For more on the Discovery Degree, visit Students can then complete a master’s degree in Special Education with one full-time year of study through Sage’s School of Education. The Master of Science in Education degree prepares teachers of students with disabilities in grades 1-6, leading to professional certification.

“It is our belief that a sound theoretical background with clinically-rich field experiences creates quality special education teachers,” said Lori Quigley, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “The master’s program builds on education courses taken at the undergraduate level, and focuses on mild as well as significant disabilities.”

At the coeducational Sage College of Albany, students can earn their bachelor’s and initial certification in Physical Education, then with just one more year of graduate study through Sage’s School of Education, can earn a Master of Science in School Health Education. This degree prepares health teachers for initial or professional certification across grade levels K-12.

Both dual degree programs represent a significant savings of time and money from the traditional bachelor’s and master’s programs, which could take six years.

“In today’s economy, when jobs are tight, students committed to a career in education realize that they need a master’s degree eventually, so it makes sense – and saves money – to earn it now with their bachelor’s degree,” said John Pelizza, associate professor of health education. “And students can continue to pursue available teaching positions, because if they do get a job offer, nothing is lost – they can accept the position and still finish their master’s, just at a more traditional pace.”

Sage’s School of Education was one of the first in the Capital Region to achieve prestigious accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is still one of only 45 NCATE-accredited colleges and universities in New York State. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed a professional education program that meets the highest standards in the field and are better prepared to help P-12 students achieve academic success.