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Master’s in Adolescence Education, Grades 7–12

Make a Difference in Adolescents’ Lives

  • 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

Areas Offered

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

Earn Your Degree Close to Home

The Master of Science for Teachers in Adolescence Education is offered at both the main campus in Plattsburgh and the SUNY Plattsburgh branch campus at Queensbury.

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. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Submission of the Online Graduate Admission application form
  3. 3 Recommendations
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official GRE or MAT scores
  7. Preparatory Worksheet
  8. $75 Application Fee
  9. Official copies of all prior college transcripts (if you previously attended SUNY Plattsburgh, we can usually obtain these for you)

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:

Maureen Squires, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, B.A./M.S.T. and M.S.T. Programs

Office: Sibley Hall 206
Phone: (518) 564-5134

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