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Make a Difference in Adolescents’ Lives

Develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions of a caring, competent and confident teacher.

Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12 Master’s

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.

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.

Depending on the curriculum of your bachelor’s program, you may have to complete additional undergraduate courses in your content area and a year of college-level foreign or sign language prior to matriculation.

The program is designed for fall semester-entry. If you wish to start in the spring, you must first contact the program chair or program leader to gain permission. Most of the first semester courses are only offered in the fall, so matriculating in the spring means you will have fewer course offerings for your first semester than if you matriculated in the fall.

What is Unique About Our Program?

  • Professional certification — With our accredited program, you will be eligible for initial certification immediately upon graduation in one of the following subject areas: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, history, mathematics, physics, or Spanish. 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:
    • 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.
    • You may also apply to the Classroom Academy, a two-year, residency placement program administered by our Queensbury branch campus, which lets you co-teach alongside an expert attending teacher and get paid a living stipend of $22,000 as you earn your degree.
  • Earn your degree close to home — Attend classes at the main campus in Plattsburgh or the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury branch campus.

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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