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MST in Childhood Education

Course Description

• A letter of intent written by the applicant expressing professional and educational goals as applied to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education has been designed to meet certification regulations of the New York State Education Department, as well as the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This program is also nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and leads to Initial/Professional Childhood certification (Grades 1-6). Program start dates: Summer, Fall, Spring; Program also available at Watertown JCC campus.

Required Program Courses
Minimum of 47 credit hours
(Prerequisite coursework may be required prior to, or concurrent with, program studies.)

GRED 530, Classroom Management and Discipline ................3 credits
GRED 558, Literacy I: Methods (Childhood) .........................3 credits
GRED 559, Literacy II: Methods (Childhood) ........................3 credits
GRED 565, Elementary Mathematics: Content and Methods ......3 credits
GRED 566, Elementary Science: Content and Methods .............3 credits
GRED 567, Elementary Social Studies: Content and Methods .....3 credits
GRED 607, Foundations of Education (B-6) .........................3 credits
GRED 664, Practicum in Childhood Education .....................3 credits

Education Elective: 3 credit hours

GRED 613, Teaching Internship, Grades 1–3 ........................6 credits
GRED 669, Professional Development Performance Portfolio ......3 credits
GRED 676, Student Teaching Seminar ................................2 credits
GRED 696, Teaching Internship, Grades 4–6 ........................6 credits

GRED 677 is required if the candidate’s undergraduate work does not include a course in developmental, adolescent, or educational psychology. This course may count as the education elective, with permission of the advisor.

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting http://www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

The MST Childhood Education program is both NCATE accredited and nationally recognized by the ACEI. Candidates may complete most, but not all, of their degree requirements in the Watertown area if they choose. Also, Canadian students who complete this program and all New York State teacher certification requirements are eligible to apply to the Ontario College of Teachers for Ontario certification at the primary/ junior divisions. This program is intended for candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate and seek to earn certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Candidates may begin enrollment in the fall, spring, or summer terms.


“Potsdam’s graduate program afforded me great opportunities that allowed me to excel as a future educator and stand out among a crowded field of job seekers.” —John Liquori ’14

Visit the MST in Childhood Education page on the State University of New York at Potsdam website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katie Binder

2364.png Katie Binder is a graduate student in the MST Childhood Education program, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2015. Katie is also a Graduate Student Ambassador with the Center for Graduate Studies, where she helps to provide a peer perspective in several recruitment and outreach initiatives pertaining to graduate student enrollment.

Katie chose to attend SUNY Potsdam because she wanted to explore options outside of her home on Long Island, NY, and really enjoys dance, an undergraduate program that Potsdam is well known for, especially with the presence of its new Performing Arts Center on campus. Upon completing her undergraduate degree at Potsdam in Dance, she decided that she wanted to become a dance teacher and is making her own path by obtaining a graduate degree in Childhood Education.


Entry Requirements

• A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.• A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (A = 4.0) in most recent 60 credits of undergraduate study.

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