Create the kinds of nurturing environments that encourage scholarship and growth in emerging minds. Appreciate and support the diversity of learning styles. Help youngsters achieve success on the rewarding path to lifelong education as an elementary school teacher when you study for the M.S.T. in childhood education (1-6) at SUNY Cortland.
Under the guidance of our expert childhood education faculty, you'll build on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences as you incorporate theory into practice. In just 12 months of full-time graduate study, including extensive school-based field experiences and two quarters of full-time student teaching, you can complete this highly marketable NCATE-accredited degree.
Starting with full-time summer enrollment through the completion of student teaching, you'll delve into instructional options for the key topics of mathematics, science, literacy and social studies. You'll also explore technology, research, social advocacy and working with diverse learners. Extensive practicum experiences provide the opportunity to apply theories in child development, educational foundations and classroom organization and management to real-world situations.
In addition to fulfilling the specific requirements for New York state certification, you'll complete a minimum of two eight-week, full-time student-teaching assignments at two levels and a culminating research project that includes careful data collection analysis and instructional decision-making to maximize all students' learning in elementary classrooms.
With the well-regarded M.S.T. in childhood education, grades 1-6 from SUNY Cortland, you're prepared to take your place as a teacher in the elementary school classroom.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
Applications: April 1 — Summer only start date
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.
Accepted students in the M.S.T. in childhood education program will be allowed to defer their admission for only up to one year. Accepted students who do not begin the program within a year of their acceptance will need to reapply to the program and pay any associated application fees.
To be eligible to student teach, you must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, complete all prerequisite education courses, have an overall Cortland grade point average of 3.0, have no grade lower than a C- in required education courses and complete the Child Abuse Recognition (CARR), Dignity for All Students (DASA) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshops. You must be eligible at the time of application (the fall semester prior to student teaching). If ineligible, you must reapply when eligibility is achieved. Applications for student teaching are accepted only during the fall semester at the established deadline. Winter and summer session courses cannot be used to attain eligibility for student teaching.
The M.S.T. degree will not be awarded to students who have lower than a 3.0 grade point average, both in the courses offered for the degree and in all graduate courses completed at SUNY Cortland.
Students enrolled in the M.S.T. program are required to maintain a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average in graduate work and will be dismissed from the College if they do not maintain the minimum average. Notification of dismissal will be made in writing by the dean's office. No grade below C- will be counted toward the M.S.T.
New York state teacher certification requirements for qualified students are as follows:
Students are expected to maintain continual, consecutive enrollment in the program from their starting semester through to the completion of student teaching. When circumstances warrant, students may apply for a leave of absence. In the leave of absence application, students must provide a specific date of return to the College. Students must register for courses within one academic year of the original date of their leave of absence.
Students not returning to register within one year will be classified as officially withdrawn from the program. Students seeking to return to the program after more than a year's absence are required to reapply to the program and pay any associated application fees. Readmission is not guaranteed and prior course work may not apply to program requirements.
Summer Session I
Total field hours: 175 + plus student teaching