M.S.T. Childhood Education

Admissions requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A = 4.0) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.
  • A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.

The Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education has been designed to meet certification regulations of the New York State Education Department, as well as the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This program is also nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and leads to Initial/Professional Childhood certification (Grades 1-6). Program start dates: Summer, Fall, Spring; Program also available at Watertown JCC campus.

Contact Information

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Satterlee 238
(315) 267-2165

Program-Related Information
Sandy Chadwick
Program Coordinator
Satterlee 201
(315) 267-2502

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 47 credit hours
(Prerequisite coursework may be required prior to, or concurrent with, program studies.)

GRED 530, Classroom Management and Discipline, 3 credits
GRED 558, Literacy I: Methods (Childhood), 3 credits
GRED 559, Literacy II: Methods (Childhood), 3 credits
GRED 565, Elementary Mathematics: Content and Methods, 3 credits
GRED 566, Elementary Science: Content and Methods, 3 credits
GRED 567, Elementary Social Studies: Content and Methods, 3 credits
GRED 607, Foundations of Education (B-6), 3 credits
GRED 664, Practicum in Childhood Education, 3 credits

Education Elective: 3 credit hours

GRED 613, Teaching Internship, Grades 1–3, 6 credits
GRED 669, Professional Development Performance Portfolio, 3 credits
GRED 676, Student Teaching Seminar, 2 credits
GRED 696, Teaching Internship, Grades 4–6, 6 credits

GRED 677 is required if the candidate’s undergraduate work does not include a course in developmental, adolescent, or educational psychology. This course may count as the education elective, with permission of the advisor.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

The MST Childhood Education program is both NCATE accredited and nationally recognized by the 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). Candidates may begin enrollment in the fall, spring, or summer terms.