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Get ready to teach in grades grades 7–12 and develop the skills, knowledge and disposition of a caring, competent and confident teacher.

Adolescence Education Grades 7–12 M.S.T., Queensbury Campus

The M.S.T. adolescence education program is a 42 credit hour* graduate program leading to initial New York State certification for grades 7–12 in biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish.

*Applicants may have to complete additional undergraduate courses in their content area and a year of college-level foreign or sign language prior to matriculation.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn to meet the educational needs of adolescents in a dynamic world. This includes the interrelationship between academic content, pedagogical application, continued learning, and the moral and political considerations of working with adolescents.

What is Unique About Our Program?

  • Professional certification: You will be eligible for initial certification immediately upon graduation. After three years of teaching, you will be eligible for professional certification.
  • Advising: Benefit from personal advisement with a graduate advisor.
  • Career mobility: Switch careers without completing another undergraduate degree.
  • Field work and student teaching options:
    • Apply to the Classroom Academy, a SUNY M.S.T. Queensbury Campus partnership, interview for a full-time, two-year placement in the residency program, co-teach alongside an expert attending teacher and get paid a living stipend of $22,000 as you earn your degree.
    • Participate in field experience in various geographic areas extending from the Canadian border to Malone, N.Y. and south to the Glens Falls, Albany and New York City regions.
  • Earn your degree close to home: Attend classes at the Queensbury Campus or the main campus in Plattsburgh.
  • Accreditation: Graduate from an accredited teacher education program.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Professional opportunities for adolescence education majors have never been greater. The graying of educators combined with an increasing number of children and a decrease in class size has created a shortage of teachers in most of the United States. In particular, most states cannot adequately staff math, science and foreign language classes at the middle and high school level.

  • Public schools of New York State
  • Private schools across the United States
  • States that have New York certification reciprocity
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