Master’s in Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12

SUNY Plattsburgh offers an M.S.T., leading to initial New York State Education Department (NYSED) certification for grades 7–12, at both the main campus in Plattsburgh and SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury. The M.S.T. is offered in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social studies
  • Spanish

Benefits of the M.S.T. in Adolescence Education

  • Prepare to teach in a secondary school classroom, grades 7–12
  • Meet degree requirements to obtain initial teacher certification in adolescence education granted through NYSED
  • Benefit from personal advisement with a graduate advisor
  • Complete academic courses in the evening
  • Switch careers without completing another undergraduate degree
  • Participate in a program with themes that support the development of a qualified, caring, and competent professional
  • Enter into a field where you make a difference in adolescents' lives

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

The Master of Science for Teachers in Adolescence Education is also offered at SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury. Learn more about the branch campus program.

Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T.) in Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12 (51 credits)

Program Requirements

Application Deadline and Interview Dates

M.S.T. program applications are accepted on a rolling basis for fall-only admission. Admission to SUNY Plattsburgh is granted without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or handicap.

You will be contacted by the department if you have been selected to come to campus for an interview. Interviews for fall admission will take place during the spring semester and are held at both the main and branch campus. Additional interviews may be arranged for late applicants.

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 Adolescence Education, download the Directions for Applying to the M.S.T. Program form.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.00 scale in a liberal arts major aligned with subject areas in New York State Standards for Learning.
    • Applicants with a degree in biology, chemistry, English, French, mathematics, physics, or Spanish may not be required to take additional content-area courses for an M.S.T. in that field. Content-area preparation at the undergraduate level may be deemed sufficient if 30 credit hours of content-area coursework have been earned with a grade of C or better as indicated on the M.S.T. Preparatory Worksheet.
    • Applicants with a degree in a major related to social studies (e.g., history, political science, geography) or earth science (e.g., geology, environmental science) may need to take additional undergraduate coursework as specified on the M.S.T. Preparatory Worksheet.
    • Applicants with degrees in all other fields will have additional undergraduate prerequisites specified on the M.S.T. Preparatory Worksheet that need to be met PRIOR to matriculating into this graduate program.
  2. GRE or MAT scores.
  3. Completion of an M.S.T. Adolescence Preparatory Worksheet in your chosen content area, detailing undergraduate coursework requirements that must be met PRIOR to matriculation 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, 113 Kehoe. The worksheets can also be downloaded at the Graduate Admission's Form's web page.
  4. Demonstration of literacy skills and potential for success through a written statement of purpose.
  5. Three (3) 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.
  6. Meet all conditions of acceptance into the M.S.T. Adolescence Education program.
  7. Attendance at an on-campus interview, if invited.
  8. 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 more information about the M.S.T. in adolescence education at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Kathy Grant, Ed.D.
Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, B.A./M.S.T. and M.S.T Graduate Programs

Phone: (518) 792-5425 ext. 118
Fax: (518) 792-3868

Sarah Hackett, M.S. Ed., M.A.
Lecturer / Field Supervisor
Director of edTPA Initiatives
Master of Science for Teachers Program Leader

Office: Sibley Hall 220
Phone: (518) 564-2168