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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.

*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.

Please note: This program is fall-entry only unless specified otherwise by the program coordinator or program leader. Students wishing to apply for spring (main campus) must first contact the program coordinator or program leader to gain permission. Spring matriculation for M.S.T. programs at the branch campus is possible with permission from the department. Those who matriculate in the spring for these programs will have fewer course offerings for their first semester than those who matriculate in the fall. 

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.
  • 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.
  • Earn your degree close to home: Attend classes at the main campus in Plattsburgh or the SUNY Plattsburgh branch campus at Queensbury.
  • 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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