With your initial certification to teach physics 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: physics (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you choose to enroll in full-time graduate study or attend part time while you're in your first years of teaching, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of physics and other sciences while continuing to improve your teaching skills.
Through advanced study in physics, you'll expand on your subject-matter expertise. You'll also engage in graduate-level course work in biology, chemistry and/or geology. You have two options for furthering your knowledge 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 will 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. You will earn a middle level extension of your physics 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for physics.
In addition to fulfilling any specific degree requirements determined by the Physics Department, you will complete a culminating master's project.
With Option I, you'll qualify for SUNY Cortland's institutional recommendation for New York state's professional certificate for physics 7-12. With Option II, you'll qualify for an institutional recommendation of an extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for physics.
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:
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.
12 credit hours in graduate physics
Any student who receives an incomplete grade must register for SCI 697 Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.) each subsequent semester until the master's project is completed, not to exceed one year.
F. Award of the degree
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.Required Workshops
Complete the following workshops: