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Master’s in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6

Make a Difference in Children’s Lives

  • Prepare to teach in an elementary school classroom, grades 1–6.
  • Meet degree requirements to obtain initial teacher certification in childhood education granted through the New York State Education Department.
  • Benefit from personal advisement with a graduate advisor.
  • Complete academic courses in the evening and switch careers without completing another undergraduate degree.
  • Participate in a program with themes that help you develop into qualified, caring and competent educator.

Earn Your Degree Close to Home

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

Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T.) in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6 (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 for an on-campus interview. Interviews typically take place in early March and are held at both the main and branch campus. Additional interviews may be arranged for late applicants.

Application Forms and Instructions

Graduate application materials need to be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office (Kehoe 113) and can be found at

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 to learn more about graduate programs in childhood 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
Email: [email protected]

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
Email: [email protected]