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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

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

Academic Departments

There are three departments in the area of Teacher Education in the School of Education & Professional Studies:

SUNY Potsdam  Ranks  #18 in the Nation for Teacher Education

The strength of SUNY Potsdam’s legacy in training teachers has earned the College a placing at No. 18 in the nation among institutions offering a bachelor’s degree in teacher education, according to a new ranking released by The company considered hundreds of universities and ranked SUNY Potsdam based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, cost, graduation rates, student retention, job placement, and other factors.  

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SUNY Potsdam to Welcome Virtual/Hybrid Cohort for its Master of Science in Teaching Program in Childhood Education

No matter what you studied as an undergraduate, the path to becoming an educator just became a little easier. SUNY Potsdam’s Master of Science in Teaching (MST) degree program in childhood education is now offering a virtual/hybrid cohort—giving the flexibility of a mostly online learning environment to enable candidates to juggle their studies with work and family obligations.

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New Ways to Think About Success

Dr. Tasia White ’12 has a newly minted Ed.D. and passion for transforming how people view their own professional success. She wants them to be fulfilled by their work, and that part is trickier than some think. As national interest turns to the need for greater support of diversity in the workplace, White is in a position to offer the perspective of both a woman of color and a person who made the study of such diversity—and the barriers to it—the subject of her dissertation.

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Building Stronger Students

The mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are only just beginning to be documented, but SUNY Potsdam alumna Jennifer Hutchins is out ahead of the curve. Through a new program to build mindfulness practices in North Country schools, Hutchins is giving students tools to work through their pain and confusion—on their own terms.

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Natalia Anapolis ’20

With a tank of air on her back and fins on her feet, Natalia Anapolis ’20 stepped into the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia. The scuba diving adventure was a completely new experience for her—foreshadowing her work in Australia over the next few weeks as she stepped into a classroom as a student teacher for the first time. Last fall, Anapolis spent 13 weeks Down Under where she got to explore the continent, while also completing her student teaching placement as part of her degree in childhood/early childhood education.

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Scott Elliott ’21

Scott Elliott ’21 has always wanted to be a teacher. After spending nearly 22 years as a musician in the U.S. Army, he’s turning that dream into a reality, as he pursues his master’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in childhood education, studying in Watertown. For more than two decades, he traveled the world playing his saxophone and clarinet to improve relations with other countries and support the troops, while he was stationed in Panama, Japan and Iraq. Now retired, his real-world experience will bolster his efforts in the classroom, as he follows his path to becoming a teacher.

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Ivy Huber ’19

After walking across the stage at Commencement in May, Ivy Huber ’19, a double major in middle/secondary English education and literature/writing, spent the summer teaching English to children in Italy. Now she’s back home to start her career as a sixth grade English teacher at Waterloo Middle School after successfully completing SUNY Potsdam’s teacher education program and two student teaching placements in St. Lawrence County.

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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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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.