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Adolescence Education, Social Studies

M.S.T. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies

The Adolescence Education: Social Studies program is designed to prepare graduates to combine subject matter knowledge with a strong pedagogical core as it relates to teaching adolescents in Social Studies.  It requires completion of a bachelor’s degree (with equivalent major coursework) from one of the following majors: anthropology, economics, history, politics or sociology. 


Students will be able to:

  • collect and analyze three students work samples (high, medium and low) that represent the patterns of learning from a selected assessment and explain how they will reteach the learning objectives for students to gain further success with the content in the future.
  • plan a social studies unit on a specific topic which will include a two-week daily lesson plan identifying the objectives, standards, instructional strategies, assessments and UDL principles, and instructional materials associated with each lesson.
  • plan and use developmentally appropriate materials, activities, and instructional strategies in the lesson plan and implement that plan for the social studies topic.
  • analyze structured interviews completed with two grade level students on primary source documents and their historical knowledge and write a five-page reflection paper on how this knowledge will shape their future instructional practices.

Career Outlook

Employment of middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 4-5 percent from 2021 to 2031. Pay for middle and high school teachers and principals in New York is among the highest in the nation.

"I was lucky enough to be involved in a roundtable discussion on improving NYS Teacher Education requirements with New York State Assemblywoman Addie Jenne during my time on campus. SUNY Potsdam is very much the real deal in Teacher Education."

William Murphy '14 & '17