For students who are interested in earning their master's degree in education, but who do not need New York teaching certification, the M.S. in Education offers three tracks: Early Education Secondary Education Literacy Many charter or private schools require a master's degree only - check with your local administrator to determine if your school requires certification. In this program, students complete a thesis course, not student teaching and are also exempt from the New York State certification tests. Career Opportunities This program is appropriate for individuals who do not teach in a setting which requires certification (e.g. institutions of informal education: some charter schools). It is also appropriate for individuals who wish to obtain a Master's degree only.