Prepares Candidates for Initial Teaching Certification

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Master of Science in Teaching (MST)

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) MST

Turn your passion into a teaching career. If you hold a bachelor’s degree and would like to become a classroom teacher, the initial teaching certification program prepares you with the skills to channel your interests and/or past degree into a career in education.

Quick Facts

Recommended Dealines July 1 for fall start, December 1 for spring start

You Can Start Summer Semester Only

Delivery Option Syracuse Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 42

Estimated Completion Time 12 Months


The MST Program leading to Initial Teacher Certification in Education is a full-time 12 month program, beginning in May and culminating in May of the following year. This clinically rich program is a cohort model that combines coursework and supervised field placements. You will learn to create diverse, effective and creative experiences for learners and develop thoughtful teaching plans and assessment evaluations to help you achieve your goals. 

Masters of Science in Teaching SUNY Oswego

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Graduate education programs culminate in two immersive 7-week student teaching experiences. Under collaborative supervision of college personnel and practitioners from the field, we provide opportunities in diverse classrooms in order to practice the integrated knowledge gained in courses.


SUNY Oswego is dedicated to preparing knowledgeable teachers with strong commitments to equity and diversity, critical thinking, social responsibility and critical reflection. Following completion of the program, candidates are eligible for New York State initial teaching certification.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified NYS School Teacher

Program Resources

CAEP Accredited

This program has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

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.


A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is recommended for applicants to be competitive in the application process. 


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional for admission. For those students who have a GPA below a 3.0, it is highly recommended.

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. 

Education essay

In 500–1000 words, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. Additionally, please write of your own understanding of education, what you would contribute to the School of Education, and how  your past experiences and goals align with the Conceptual Framework and Dispositions? (To compose your answer, first examine the School of Education Conceptual Framework.)


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae 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. We will send an email request 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.

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