Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T.) in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6

SUNY Plattsburgh offers an M.S.T., leading to initial New York State Education Department certification for grades 1-6, at both the main campus in Plattsburgh and SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury.

Our Childhood Education M.S.T. Degree Allows You To…

  • Prepare to teach in an elementary school classroom, grades 1-6.
  • Meet degree requirements to obtain initial teacher certification in childhood education granted through the New York State Education Department.
  • Benefit from personal advisement with a graduate advisor.
  • Complete academic courses in the evening and switch careers without completing another undergraduate degree.
  • Participate in a program with themes that help you develop into qualified, caring and competent educator.
  • Enter into a field where you make a difference in children's lives.

Earn Your M.S.T. at the Branch Campus

The Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T) in Childhood Education is also offered at SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury.

Program Requirements

Application Deadline and Interview Dates:

M.S.T. programs only accept applications for the summer or fall. The application deadline is February 15 of each year for summer or fall matriculation. Late applications may be considered if there is room in the program. Please contact us immediately if you are interested in applying. Admission to SUNY Plattsburgh is granted without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or handicap.

M.S.T. Childhood Education Interview Dates: Interview dates for the M.S.T. in Childhood Education for the summer/fall 2015 semesters will be announced here. You will be contacted by the department if you have been selected for an on-campus interview. Interviews typically take place in early March and are held at both the main and branch campus. Additional interviews may be arranged for late applicants.

Application Forms and Instructions

Graduate application materials need to be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office (Kehoe 113) and can be found at

For detailed instructions on how to apply to the M.S.T. in Childhood Education, download the Directions for Applying to the M.S.T. Programs form.

Program Admission Requirements:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a major that coincides with a concentration area in SUNY Plattsburgh’s undergraduate childhood education program. Any deficiencies in a concentration as listed in the current undergraduate catalog must be made up prior to admission. Concentration areas: art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, mathematics, music, social studies, and Spanish.
  2. Completion of six credits or equivalent in English, math, and social studies, and seven credits in science with no grades lower than a B.
  3. Beginning in fall 2015, New York State will require GRE scores for entry into all master’s level graduate programs in Teacher Education.
  4. Completion of an M.S.T. Childhood Preparatory Worksheet in your chosen content area, detailing undergraduate coursework requirements that must be met PRIOR to admission into this graduate program. This worksheet may be downloaded at or obtained from the Director of Graduate Advising and Teacher Certification, (518) 564-2124, Sibley 302, or from the Office of Graduate Admissions, (518) 564-4723, Kehoe 113. The worksheets can also be downloaded from the Graduate Admissions Form’s web page.
  5. Demonstration of literacy skills and potential for success through a written statement of purpose.
  6. Three teacher education recommendation forms (at least two of the letters must be from a professor or academic advisor if you are currently taking graduate courses or if you have taken undergraduate or graduate courses within the last three years) that address your ability to take part in a graduate program in education.
  7. Meet all conditions of acceptance into the M.S.T. Childhood Education program.
  8. Attendance at an on-campus interview, if invited.
  9. Availability of program openings.

Required Prior to Student Teaching

  • Two sequential semesters (or equivalent) of a college-level foreign language, or one semester intermediate level (Sign Language I and II acceptable);
  • Completion of all graduate coursework with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0; and
  • Completion of all M.S.T. coursework with no grade below a B.

Capstone Evaluation

Successfully complete a portfolio. The portfolio begins in the introductory course, continues through the program, and ends as one component of the capstone evaluation.



Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to learn more about graduate programs in childhood education at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Aline Bobys, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, M.S.T. Graduate Programs
Office: Sibley 200A
Phone: (518) 564-5147
Fax: (518) 564-2149