Sep 29, 2023
The M.S.T. is designed to begin in the spring or fall and continue through the following spring or fall for a total of 51 credit hours, including both summer sessions.
This is a full-time program that requires field experiences in schools each semester. On completion of the courses, college requirements, and state requirements detailed below, graduates will receive a master’s degree and New York State Initial Certification in Childhood Education.
- Elementary school teacher
- Completion of M.S.T. Graduate Program Application submitted to the Graduate Studies Office
- An interview with graduate programs representative
- B.A. or B.S. in a liberal arts area from a regionally accredited college
- Approved concentration of 36 hours in a liberal arts area
- Minimum of two undergraduate courses in each of the following areas: English, social studies (history, geography, economics, political science, sociology), mathematics and science, as well as general preparation in the following areas: physical education, fine arts and career and occupational studies
- Foreign language: Successful completion of one year of college-level study of a language other than English or the equivalent. More information is available under Teacher Certification Information for alternate ways of meeting this requirement.
- Child psychology course
- Basic competency in technology (computing) as determined by the students’ records and experiences
- Strong academic record, demonstrated by a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better, GRE scores, or other standard test scores, indicating the ability to do graduate-level work
- Letter of introduction (writing sample) that includes a self-description, background of experiences, and goals
- Application to the SUNY Cortland Teacher Education Program
- Completion of all required courses in the M.S.T. program, including the master’s project.
- Overall grade point average of at least 3.0 in the M.S.T. program.
- Appropriate teaching dispositions
New York State Certification Requirements
- Health Education Course that fulfills state mandate (e.g. Health 265)
- Passing score on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
- Passing score on the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W)
- Content Specialty Test (CST)
- Child Abuse Identification and Reporting workshop
- School Violence Prevention and Intervention workshop
A. First Semester: 12 credit hours
B. Summer Sessions I and II: 12 credit hours
- EDU, FSA, LIT, SPE elective
Session II: Tutorial (25 clock hours)
C. Second Semester: 12 credit hours
Practicum (100 clock hours)
D. Third Semester: 15 credit hours
Student teaching (minimum of two six-week, full-time teaching assignments at two levels)
Total Credit Hours Required: 51