What will I learn?

The School of Education offers students holding a baccalaureate degree an opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Teaching degree in Childhood Education (1-6) and Early Childhood Education (B-2) leading to NYS initial/professional certification. The typical candidate for the MST will hold a baccalaureate degree in one of the liberal arts or sciences1 from an accredited college and will have a background in history, a foreign language, mathematics, English, and science.

The program includes instruction in educational studies, developmentally appropriate practices, content pedagogy, research, and one semester of full-time student teaching. It can be completed in four semesters. Professional certification requires three years of successful teaching experience at the B-2/1-6 grade level.

Courses are offered in the evening and online to accommodate students’ busy schedules.

Which department am I in?

State University of New York at New Paltz

Study options

Online/Distance (46 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$13,570.00 (10,09,190) per year
USD $6785 per semester; USD $565 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 July 2022

Start date

23 August 2021, 29 August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The basic requirement for admission to the Graduate School is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

For international students

Candidates for admission to the program need to:
Hold a baccalaureate degree in an approved liberal arts or science area from a regionally accredited institution;
Have earned an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
Have completed:
six college credits of history including American History
six college credits or the equivalent in a foreign language
six credits of mathematics at the College Algebra level with a grade of “B” or better.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL ibt: 80; IELTS: 6.5; PTE Academic: 53.

Application Deadlines: Summer Admission - Applications must be complete by May 1; Fall Admission - Applications must be complete by July 31.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available