Prepares Candidates for Initial Teaching Certification

Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)

Master of Science in Teaching

Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) 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 or past degree into a career in education.

Quick Facts

Application Deadline April 1st

You Can Start Summer Semester Only

Delivery Option Syracuse Campus

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 38

Estimated Completion Time 12 Months


This full-time 12-month MST Program prepares students for initial teacher certification in Education. It begins in May and ends in May of the following year. It is a cohort-based program that combines coursework and supervised field placements. As a student, you will learn how to create diverse, effective, and creative learning experiences for learners and develop thoughtful teaching plans and assessment evaluations to help you achieve success.

Clinically Rich

The key to success for students entering the field of education is the ability to adjust to the changing national and state requirements while maintaining an inclusive learning environment. Our programs seek to immerse you in educational concepts and prepare you to improve K-12 student learning. 


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

  • NYS initial certified teacher for grades 7-12

It’s going really well. My mentors are so happy to have our help and I’m getting excellent hybrid and online teaching experience. And I benefit from two teachers who are taking the time to give me formal feedback on my work.

Program Resources

NCATE Accredited

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community.

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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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.

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.

GRE scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program. Acceptable scores are dependent on the 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. 

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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