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M.S.T. Childhood Education

The Master of Science in Teaching (MST) Childhood Education program is recognized and accredited nationally by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Candidates may complete most, but not all, of their degree requirements in the Watertown area if they choose. Also, Canadian students who complete this program and all New York State teacher certification requirements are eligible to apply to the Ontario College of Teachers for Ontario certification at the primary / junior divisions. This program is intended for candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate and seek to earn certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).  Upon enrollment, instructors can guide you to the pathway of additional B-2 certification.

What You Will Learn:

  • The skills, pedagogical knowledge, and disposition necessary to become a successful classroom teacher in grades 1–6.
  • Cutting edge, inclusive teaching strategies that make learning exciting and accessible for your students.
  • Deep understanding of the methods for teaching literacy, math, science and social studies, providing the foundation to create and teach effective curriculum.
  • Creative approaches for integrating technology into your classroom.
  • Multiple opportunities to grow, take risks, and develop your own teaching philosophy.
  • Communication skills to enhance your ability to teach in a collaborative environment.

The Fieldwork Experience:

  • Completion of 100 hours of fieldwork in a local school prior to student teaching, gaining hands-on understanding of educational environments and innovative teaching strategies used in today's classrooms.
  • One semester of student teaching, including two distinct 8-week placements in grades 1-3 and 4-6.
  • A close relationship with your field supervisor, who is committed to offering the support and insight you need to reach your highest potential as an educator.

Unique Program Features:

  • Student teaching placements frequently result in full-time employment upon graduation.Our faculty has a large network of contacts in the field that lead to information about job opportunities, and our graduates regularly call for recommendations to fill positions.
  • Flexible class scheduling including the program available in Watertown.
  • Support and coursework necessary for Canadian students to be eligible for certification in Ontario under the new requirements.  Ask us for details!
  • Opportunities are offered to attend professional development workshops and/or conferences to help further your understanding of educational content and pedagogy.
  • Small class sizes promote close relationships with professors and fellow childhood education classmates. Students graduate with a cohort who provides support throughout the length of their future careers.

“Potsdam’s graduate program afforded me great opportunities that allowed me to excel as a future educator and stand out among a crowded field of job seekers.”
~ John Liquori ’14 



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Start date: Summer, Fall or Spring
Program Contacts

Admissions / General Information Center for Graduate Studies Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Satterlee 235
(315) 267-2165

Program-Related Information
Victoria O. Hayes
Clinical Faculty / Program Coordinator
Satterlee 212
(315) 267-2526