Edit Page

Early Childhood & Childhood Education

Master of Science in Teaching

The Master of Science in Teaching program is ideal for people with little or no prior teaching experience, who wish to begin fulfilling careers as educators in pre-school, kindergarten or elementary school settings.


Designed to help you Start Something New
The MST program is ideal for applicants who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields related to history, mathematics, English, science and foreign language. No prior teaching experience or education is required. Courses are offered in the evening and online to accommodate students’ busy schedules.

A Strong Foundation
The program offers a curriculum that covers core concepts, pedagogical best practices, and broader socio-economic context of schooling in the United States. They are taught by caring and supportive faculty who are committed to preparing the next generation of teachers to work with talented and diverse populations of children.

Applied and Accredited
Real-world fieldwork experience is a key component of the accredited teacher preparation programs at SUNY New Paltz. The MST program includes a final semester spent student-teaching at one of our many partner districts in the Hudson Valley, where students can apply what they’ve learned alongside professional mentors with decades of teaching experience.

Powerful Credentials
Students can complete the MST program in just two years, and earn an advanced degree in childhood education that qualifies them for Initial Teacher Certification from New York State.



Nataly Z. Chesky, Program Coordinator

cheskyn@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-2872



Alana Matuszewski, Recruiter & Advisor

gradstudies@newpaltz.edu or (845) 257-2185