Adolescence Education (7-12)

Biology (031B), Chemistry (032B), Earth Science (033B), English (034B), Mathematics (037B), Social Studies (040B)

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd.) is a 30 credit graduate program designed with flexibility in mind. It allows initially certified adolescence educators the opportunity to tailor the program to their interests. At its core, the MSEd. aims to deepen teachers' knowledge of subject content, of the theory and practice of teaching and learning, and of the diverse contexts of education. In a two-semester course, students develop skills in research-based inquiry focused on the classroom. This graduate program enables students to complete the curriculum requirement for professional certification in New York State.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Education must meet the following criteria:

  1. A 3.0 or better GPA in all undergraduate course work
  2. A 3.0 or better GPA in an appropriate undergraduate major
  3. Evidence of a valid 7-12 NYS teaching certificate. 
  4. Applicants specializing in English must have completed 36 semester hours of English, exclusive of freshman composition. Additionally, students must submit a 10-15 page academic writing sample with their application.
  5. Applicants specializing in Mathematics must have completed a minimum of 21 semester hours beyond Calculus II for a total of at least 36 semester hours in Mathematics.
  6. Provide contact information for three references
  7. Write a satisfactory admissions essay
  8. Submit one official transcript of all college course work.

Prospective students, who may have questions about the application process or the programs offered, may contact our Director of Graduate Admissions at (845) 257-3285 or

Application Deadlines

March 1 Fall
October 1 Spring

Late applications will be considered; however, enrollment is not guaranteed.

Curriculum Requirements

Professional Education (6 Credits)
Select 6 credits6
Diversity Education (3 Credits)
Select 3 credits3
Research Requirement (6 Credits)
SED701Inquiry into Teaching, Learning, and School: Part I 3
SED702Inquiry into Teaching, Learning, and School: Part II Every Semester 3
Graduate Courses in Discipline (15 Credits)
Select 15 credits15
Total Credits30

Program Requirements

File a “plan of study” during the first semester after matriculation.

Complete prescribed course work and other requirements within five years after matriculation.

Remedy any deficiencies in the candidate’s undergraduate preparation in the subject area by early advisement with the Secondary Education advisor.

Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.

Some programs also require successful performance on a comprehensive examination and/or another culminating project.