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Online Education Programs

Be a leader in and out of the classroom.

SUNY Potsdam’s online and hybrid teacher education programs lead to New York State initial or professional certificationNew York has reciprocal teacher certification agreements with every state in the U.S., and the Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification can help provide out-of-state verification of your certification.

For Canadian students, SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies has years of experience helping our neighbors from the north get your Ontario certification as well. Learn how.

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Nicole Terminelli ’05 & ’07, a sixth-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, who also completed the College's School Building Leader/School District Leader certification program, talks about her love for teaching, and her experience at SUNY Potsdam that helped prepare her for her career as a teacher.

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Programs of study:

This program is designed for working and aspiring educators. Prepare for your initial certification (Birth-Grade 6 or Grades 5-12), or complete professional certification requirements. This program is offered entirely online.

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The M.S.Ed. Educational Technology Specialist is a fully online 30 credit-hour graduate program. Upon completion of the program, students with an existing NYS certification will be recommended for an initial NYS Educational Technology Specialist certification. Throughout the course of their studies students will hone their interpersonal and technology skills and work collaboratively with K-12 faculty and staff to create and manage highly engaging learning environments. 

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Leads to certification in Grades 1 to 6, with an option to add Birth to Grade 2 certification. Designed for future educators, no matter your academic background. This program is now 100% online!

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The M.S. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology (IDET) is a fully online 30 credit-hour graduate program. Courses in this program emphasize the creation and management of highly engaging in-person and online learning environments. Students will engage in hands-on, minds-on learning in courses that are designed around research and applied best-practices from a variety of fields, including Learning Sciences, Education, Adult Learning Theory, Curriculum & Instruction, Digital Literacy and Educational Technology.

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Our longstanding MSED program in the rewarding field of special education is now 100% online. Prepare for your initial or professional certification in either early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), childhood (Grades 1-6) or Adolescent (Grades 7-12, Generalist). Whether you want to enter the field or add an area of expertise, this program is flexible for all teaching careers.

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Bring science to life for the next generation with our nationally accredited MST program, which is now 100% online. Prepare for your initial or professional certification in adolescence education: science (Grades 7-12), with concentrations available in biology, chemistry, earth science or physics.

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Leads to certification as a School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL). Online and flexible hybrid coursework, with executive weekends in residence for a summer leadership institute. 

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This fully online post-master’s advanced certificate program can be completed in just one summer, full time. This is a great option for experienced educators looking to pursue professional development and expand their skillsets. Students who successfully complete the program have the option of pursuing an additional teaching certificate in Students with Disabilities at the grade level consistent with their initial classroom teaching certificate.

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From the Army to the Classroom

Scott Elliot ’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 counties and support the troops, while he was stationed in Panama, Japan and Iraq. Now, he’s back on U.S. soil, with three Meritorious Service Medals and real-world experience that will bolster his efforts in the classroom, as he follows his path to becoming a teacher.

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Finding Peace in Potsdam

Born and raised in New York City, Laneise Goggans ’15 & ’22 found a new home when she enrolled at SUNY Potsdam. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she returned to the city and immediately launched a career as a dance teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. Now she’s back in Potsdam, pursuing a master’s degree in education while raising her twin boys, in a community that has always felt like home. 

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Program Contacts

Admissions / General Information
Office of Graduate & Continuing Education
(800) 458-1142 / (315) 267-2165
Raymond Hall 206