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2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Childhood Education, M.S.T.

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The Master of Science for Teachers Childhood Education program (Grades 1-6) 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 nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and leads to Initial Childhood (grades 1-6) certification.

Additional Degree Information

Candidates may also complete most, but not all, of their degree requirements in the Watertown area.

All degree candidates are required to successfully complete a Culminating Experience in the School of Education and Professional Studies designed to synthesize their academic experiences. GRED 669 - Professional Development Performance Portfolio  generally completed during the student teaching semester satisfies this requirement.

Candidates are required to complete all New York State teaching requirements to earn initial certification. This will include completion of @HLTH 530 - School Health (CA, SAVE, DASA)  (3 credits) and achieving passing scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Exams. These requirements are subject to change.

Student progress is carefully monitored throughout the program based on demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions. Students are provided with information on program expectations in their first semester. Students not making satisfactory progress will be counseled by their adviser and may be dropped from the program.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 47 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science for Teachers, Childhood Education degree. Additionally, candidates will complete HLTH 530  to satisfy certification requirements for a total of 50 credit hours.

Note: Canadian students will have additional coursework required to meet certification requirements in Ontario. Please contact your adviser and/or the Center for Graduate Studies for information.

Education Elective: 3 Credits

(one graduate education course selected with prior adviser approval)

Certification Requirement: 3 Credits

Full-time Sample Schedule

Full-time Sample Schedule MST Childhood Education


Candidates considering part-time study should contact their program coordinator.

Total Credit Hours Required: 47

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