Childhood & Adolescence Education, M.S.Ed.

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May 21, 2018

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The master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction enables those with an initial teaching certification to earn the degree they need for New York State professional certification. Gain theoretical knowledge and hands on experience in lesson planning, organizing for instruction, assessment and classroom management.

Program specialization areas include:
Early Childhood B-2 • Childhood 1-6 • Art Education K-12
Music Education K-12 • Health Education K-12 • Physical Education K-12
Generalist 5-9 • Biology 5-9/7-12 • Chemistry 5-9/7-12
Earth Science 5-9 • Science 7-12 • English 5-9/7-12
French 5-9/7-12 • German 5-9/7-12 • Mathematics 5-9/7-12
Physics 5-9/7-12 • Social Studies 5-9/7-12 • Spanish 5-9/7-12

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What you will study: 

This NCATE accredited master’s degree program introduces students to topics and themes that P-12 teachers discuss, navigate, and build upon throughout their careers. Students will examine their roles as professionals in terms of a wider view of pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, data driven decision making, and professional development.

  • EDU 500 - Critical Pedagogy, credit: 3
  • LIT 500 - Critical Literacy and Pedagogy, credit: 3
  • EDU 510 - Educational Assessment, credit: 3
  • EDU 516 - Continuing Professional Development, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

When you teach someone, they carry that with them forever. Even when I’m no longer on the Earth, I know there will be children that I taught who learned a concept, then perhaps they’ll become a teacher and teach that same concept.
Thurman Nassoiy, M'03

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Learning outcomes: 

Successful completion of this program provides the necessary degree requirements to obtain their NYSED professional teaching certification, whether you opt for the specialist track or the generalist track.

Certified New York Teacher

School of Education at SUNY Oswego is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
MAT or GRE scores
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program.  Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study.  Speak to your department advisor about what scores are acceptable to the program.
Program advisement meeting
Prospective students will meet with faculty and other department chairs to outline and select effective courses to best assist you in your chosen field.  Please be on time to your scheduled advisement and where your meeting will be located ahead of time. You can register for a program advisement meeting here.
Education essay
Write a one page essay based on the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework.  Detail how you would be an asset to the school, as well as your understanding of the educational ideas outlined.
Initial Teaching Certification
NYS requires this entry-level certificate is issued to classroom teachers with specific areas of interest.  Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest no later than ten days prior to the beginning of your program.  Contact the Education Department for qualifications that must be met for eligibility.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.