MST in Social Studies Education

Admissions requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree comparable to a SUNY Potsdam undergraduate major in anthropology, economics, geography, history, politics, or sociology, 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 social 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 Social Studies is designed to meet the New York State Education Department’s regulations on Teacher Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback. This program is nationally recognized by the NCSS and leads to Initial Adolescence Education, Social Studies (Grade 7-12) with an extension for Middle Childhood Social Studies Education (Grade 5-6) certification. 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
Robert Vadas
Program Coordinator
Satterlee 211
(315) 267-2534

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 51 credit hours
(Prerequisite coursework may be required prior to, or concurrent with, program studies.)

GRED 556, Reading in the Middle/Secondary School, 3 credits
GRED 557, Writing in the Middle/Secondary School, 3 credits
GRED 590, Special Soc St Education Content Topic, 3 credits
GRED 600, Philosophical Foundations of Education, 3 credits
GRED 606, Adv Secondary Social Studies Education, 3 credits
GRED 670, Social Studies Culminating Experience, 3 credits
GRED 681, Soc St Curr in Middle and Secondary School, 3 credits
GRED 682, Research in Social Studies Education, 3 credits
GRED 684, Social Studies Content Portfolio,1 credit
GRED 688, Soc St Instruction in Middle and Sec School, 2 credits
GRED 689, Practicum in Middle/Sec Soc St Instruction, 4 credits
SPED 505, Introduction to Special Education, 3 credits

HLTH 530, School Health (certification requirement), 3 credits

Technology Elective: 3 credit hours

Additional Elective: 3 credit hours

GRED 676, Student Teaching Seminar, 2 credits
GRED 694, Student Teaching in Mid/Jr High School (7-9), 6 credits
GRED 697, Student Teaching in Sr High School (10-12), 6 credits

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 51 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science in Teaching, Adolescence Education, Social Studies degree. Additionally, candidates will complete HLTH 230 (2 credits) to satisfy certification requirements for a total of 53 credit hours. The 53 credit hours are divided as follows:

Required Courses31
GRED 556 Reading in the Middle/Secondary School
GRED 557 Writing in the Middle and  Secondary School
GRED 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education
GRED 606 Advanced Secondary Social Studies Education
GRED 681 Social Studies Curriculum in Middle/ Secondary School
GRED 682 Research in Social Studies Education
GRED 684 Social Studies Content Portfolio1
GRED 688 Social Studies Instruction in Middle/ Secondary School
GRED 689 Practicum in Middle/Secondary School Social Studies Instruction
GRED 690 Special Social Studies Education Content Topic
SPED 505 Introduction to Special Education
Technology Elective
IT XXX Course selected with prior advisor approval
Certification Requirement
HLTH 230 School Health (CA, SAVE)

Culminating Experience
GRED 670x Social Studies Culminating Experience   
Student Teaching
GRED 676 Student Teaching Seminar: Policies and Practice in American Education
GRED 694 Student Teaching in the Middle/Jr. High School (7–9)6
GRED 697 Student Teaching in the Senior High School (10–12)
Total credit hours

Full-time Sample Schedule for MST Adolescence, Social Studies
Summer I
GRED 556
GRED 600
GRED 681 
SPED 505

Fall I
GRED 557
GRED 682
GRED 684
SPED 688
GRED 689 Practicum
IT Elective

Spring I  Student Teaching
GRED 676
GRED 694
GRED 697
Summer II
GRED 606
GRED 670
GRED 690
Candidates considering part-time study should contact the program coordinator.