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Adolescence Education, Science

M.S.T. in Adolescence Education: Science

The Adolescence Education: Science program is a fully online program and is the perfect fit for those who have a passion for science to convert that fervor into skills to effectively teach it. It requires completion of a bachelor’s degree (with equivalent major coursework) from one of the following majors: biology, chemistry, earth science or physics.  Graduates will leave with the skills to effectively teach adolescents core principles of natural science fields.


Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the utilization of technology in the classroom by designing a lesson plan that makes connections to their content area.
  • develop a learning segment that demonstrates appropriate connections to NYSSLS (New York State Science Learning Standards).
  • develop and implement a learning segment using NYSSLS to demonstrate the use of multiple instructional strategies to engage all students.
  • develop and implement a learning segment on topics related to NYSSLS to analyze learning gains for individual students, the class, and subgroups of students to inform future planning and teaching.

Career Outlook


Outlook: Employment of middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 4-5 percent from 2021 to 2031. Teachers with science expertise are in high demand, making a teacher education degree from SUNY Potsdam’s renowned programs particularly valuable. Pay for middle and high school teachers in New York is among the highest in the nation.

“The MST program helps you figure out how to make lesson plans and teaches you classroom management skills. If you ever feel stressed or overwhelmed, all the professors at SUNY Potsdam are very encouraging.”

Cadence Hunkins ’23
Mentor for the Next Generation

Encouraged by his mother to pursue a career in teaching, Noah White ’22 transferred to SUNY Potsdam in the spring of 2019 to combine his passion for chemistry and education. He is now completing his second student teaching placement as he wraps up the College’s BA / MST program in secondary science education.

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