Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) [AES] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)
David Barclay, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Adolescence Education: Science
Rena Janke, co-coordinator
Angela Pagano, co-coordinator
With your initial certification to teach Earth science in hand, you now have the challenge of meeting the New York State Education Department’s requirements for professional certification. SUNY Cortland’s M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: Earth science (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you enroll in full-time graduate study or attend part time during your first years of teaching, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the geosciences and other sciences while continuing to improve your teaching skills.
You’ll enhance your content knowledge with graduate courses in geology, as well as advanced study in biology, chemistry and/or physics. You have two options for furthering your understanding of adolescent learners and how to create and maintain a positive teaching-learning environment for science.
You will extend your teaching skills through exploration of emerging teaching methodologies and resources. You’ll examine the social, historical, philosophical or psychological foundations of education.
You will study the nature of the middle school adolescent learner and the teaching strategies that work best at that developmental level. This option allows you to earn a middle-level extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for Earth science.
Beyond fulfilling any specific degree requirements determined by the Geology Department, you’ll complete a culminating master’s project.
With the M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: Earth science (7-12) from SUNY Cortland, you will earn the institution’s recommendation for New York state’s professional certification in Earth science for grades 7-12 or for the middle-level extension of the certificate to include grades 5 and 6.
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.
- Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office indicating a major in geology or functionally related area.
Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor’s degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
- Evidence of pending or awarded initial/provisional certification or a certificate of qualification for provisional certification issued by the New York State Education Department to teach earth science in grades 7-12.
- Three letters of recommendation from former professors or professional colleagues who can speak to the candidate’s preparation and competence for teaching biology in grades 7-12 (submitted online with the application)
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
- An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and above on a 4.0 scale
- At least 30 credit hours of course work in the area of certification
Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1
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 on availability.
A. Major: 12 credit hours
12 credit hours in graduate earth science
- Nine credit hours in graduate biology, chemistry, and/or physics
- Option I: Without middle childhood extension
- Education elective from the areas of social, historical, philosophical or psychological foundations of education
- AED 646 - Seminar in the Teaching of Science in the Middle and Secondary Schools ( 3 cr. hr.)
- Option II: Leads to a middle childhood extension certificate for grades 5-6
- AED 533 - Introduction to Middle Childhood Education (3 cr. hr.)
- PSY 533 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 cr. hr.) (3 cr. hr.)
- SCI 699 - Master’s Project (3 cr. hr.)
Students who do not successfully complete SCI 699 must register for SCI 697 Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.).
F. Award of the degree
- Award of the degree requires completion of all course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and in each of the three categories A, B and C shown above.
Completion of the following workshops:
- Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
- Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
- Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Other requirements for the award of the degree may be determined by the departments concerned and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with the coordinator of adolescence education: science (7-12).
Note: Specific information regarding additional requirements for qualification for the professional certificate in New York state may be found at Teacher Certification.Total Credit Hours Required: 30-33