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Teacher Education

If you want to be a teacher, there's no better place for you.

Our teacher education program is the oldest in the SUNY system, dating back to its foundation as the St. Lawrence Academy in 1816. In fact, we're one of the more highly regarded schools of education in the country and one of the few NCATE accredited colleges in New York State, the most rigorous of the teacher education accreditation standards.


  • Education scholarships
  • TESA- Teacher Education Student Association
  • Sheard Literacy Center
  • Student Teaching opportunities in many counties within NYS as well as NYC, Canada and Australia
  • Math/Science Center
  • Small class sizes in Education courses
  • Multiple opportunities to grow, take risks, and develop your own teaching philosophy
  • Guidance and support from faculty
Inspiring a Community

In an effort to raise awareness about the 110,000 children currently in foster care who are up for adoption across the country, Jessica Hurlbut ’19—a graduate student pursuing an MST in childhood education at SUNY Potsdam, set out to run 110 miles in 24 hours.

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Travel Course to Finland

SUNY Potsdam education students recently embarked on a journey to Finland and Sweden with the goal of examining different education systems through a comparative lens.

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Sodelys Hilario ’19

Sodelys Hilario '19 always knew she wanted to work with kids.  It wasn’t until she came to SUNY Potsdam, however, that she realized she was meant to be a teacher.

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Elizabeth Hudson '15

Elizabeth Hudson received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from SUNY Potsdam. Along the way, her work as a student teacher proved to be an essential stepping stone to landing her first job.

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Student Teaching Abounds

Our students receive a lot of hands-on experience, observing in elementary and high school classrooms and preparing lessons.