MST in Adolescence Education: Science

Admissions requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree comparable to a SUNY Potsdam undergraduate major in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics, as well as six credits of a foreign language.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in the most recent 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 in the science major.
  • 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 in Teaching Adolescence Education program in Science is designed in accordance with the New York State Education Department’s certification regulations, the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) standards, along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback. This program leads to Initial/Professional certification in Adolescence Education, Science (biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics). Program start date: Summer.

Contact Information

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

Program-Related Information
Melissa Cummings
Program Coordinator
Satterlee 215C
(315) 267-2534

Required Program Courses

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

GRED 501, Seminar: Teaching Science in the Sec School, 3 credits
GRED 502, Issues in Science, Technology, and Society, 3 credits
GRED 555, Classroom Mgmt/Leadership, Middle/Sec Schools, 3 credits
GRED 556, Reading in the Middle/Secondary School, 3 credits
GRED 557, Writing in the Middle/Secondary School, 3 credits
GRED 571, Science Education Instruction in Sec Schools, 3 credits
GRED 670, Culminating Experience, 3 credits
GRED 672, Science, Curricula, Programs and Standards, 3 credits
GRED 673, Secondary Science Field Work, 3 credits
GRED 675, Secondary Science Teaching Research, 3 credits
SPED 505, Introduction to Special Education, 3 credits
HLTH 530, School Health (certification requirement), 3 credits
GRED 676, Student Teaching Seminar, 2 credits
GRED 692, Student Teaching in Jr High School (7-9), 6 credits
GRED 697, Student Teaching in Sr High School (10-12), 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.

Full or conditional admission is available.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent, such as the MAT) 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 SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Course Requirements
A minimum of 47 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science for Teachers, Adolescence Education, Science degree.  Additionally, candidates will complete HLTH 230 (2 credits) to satisfy certification requirements for a total of 49 credit hours.  The 49 credit hours are divided as follows:

Required Courses33
GRED 501 Seminar: Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
GRED 502 Issues in Science–Technology–Society
GRED 555 Classroom Management/Leadership3
GRED 556 Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
GRED 557 Writing in the Middle and Secondary School
GRED 571 Science Education Instruction in Secondary Schools
GRED 670 Culminating Experience
GRED 672 Science, Curricula, Programs & Standards3
GRED 673 Secondary Science Field Work3
GRED 675 Secondary Science Teaching Research3
SPED 505 Introduction to Special Education
Certification Requirement
HLTH 230 School Health (CA, SAVE)
Student Teaching
GRED 676 Student Teaching Seminar: Policies/Practice in American Education
GRED 692 Student Teaching in the Junior/Senior High School (7-9)
GRED 697 Student Teaching in the Senior High School (10-12)
Total Credit Hours
* GRED 677 is required if the candidate’s undergraduate work does not include a course in developmental, adolescent or educational psychology. This course if required will add an additional 3 credits to the program.

Full-time Sample Schedule

Summer I
GRED 556
GRED 557
GRED 672
SPED 505

Fall I Practicum
GRED 502
GRED 571
GRED 501
GRED 673
GRED 675

Spring I Student Teaching
GRED 676
GRED 676
GRED 692
GRED 697

Winterim or Summer II
GRED 555

Candidates considering part-time study should contact the program coordinator.

Note: Undergraduate students interested in pursuing one of the BA/MST options to secure certification in adolescence science education should contact the program coordinator or refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for details on this combined program.