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MST Childhood Education

Are you looking into applying to be an MST in Childhood Education student?  Well then, here is a little bit of information and advice in terms of program requirements and the practicum experience.

As an MST student in Childhood Education (certification in grades 1-6), we all must complete our Practicum in Childhood Education before student teaching. This is where each student is provided with supervised classroom experience.

In this practicum, we must complete at least 100 hours in the field with all aspects of childhood curriculum, as well as at least 15 hours of special education field experience. It is expected at this practicum that you will use the prior knowledge from the classes you have taken in undergraduate, as well as graduate school.

By completing this Practicum, one will learn the modern technologies and curriculum including using the Common Core Standards of NYS. As an MST student, you will learn how to write a proper lesson plan, as well as implement the lesson in real life experience.

The practicum experience is very exciting and useful in the prerequisite to student teaching. I am so grateful for the opportunity the MST in Childhood Education program at SUNY Potsdam has given me to be enrolled in practicum. Here is some things you may need for the first day of Practicum.

5 things you need for your first day of Practicum…

  1. An open mind that is ready to learn
  2. An infectious smile
  3. Professional attire
  4. Pens and pencils
  5. Lunch

People of Potsdam

"My experience at SUNY Potsdam has been well so far...I have an
assistantship that not only gives me a break on tuition but it gives me
job experience and gets me ready for the future."

-Alyssa, M.M. in Performance, the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

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Graduate Student Life at Potsdam

Hello everyone!  My name is Jill and I am enrolled in the M.S.Ed Literacy Specialist program.  This is my first entry and the first entry for our new graduate student blog.  It’s an exciting time for Graduate Studies as more technological applications like this one are being adapted for you to use.  Welcome to our blog! I would also like to welcome anyone who is new or returning to SUNY Potsdam this fall.

I am new to SUNY Potsdam this semester and I am very impressed with the services available at this quaint North Country campus. I felt very welcome at the Graduate Student Orientation Day in August and I am continuing to enjoy my courses. It’s starting to feel like home now! 

As I look to the year ahead, I can’t wait to network and build my professional portfolio as I work toward my career as a reading teacher at the secondary school level. I feel confident that SUNY Potsdam will help me to succeed.

In the short month that I have been here, I have discovered that SUNY Potsdam has so much to offer in terms of resources.  As I take advantage of career planning, professional development, financial aid options, volunteer opportunities, and networking events, I invite you to do the same. Take a trip to Graduate Studies to see if there are any funding or volunteer opportunities available.  While you are there, check out the Bear-Abilities Professional Development workshops to help you with anything from thesis writing to resume building. Also, don’t forget to make use of the Graduate Student Resource Center as it is your place!  There is even a fridge, microwave, and laminator waiting to be used. Say hello to your fellow graduate students who can be a wealth of knowledge for you or a sounding board.  Everyone needs to talk about the rigors of post-undergraduate life now and again and it’s nice to know that there are other people in the same shoes!

Remember, graduate school is about networking and building relationships with faculty and your fellow colleagues.  Make sure you get out to any social events to actively network.  There’s a talented faculty out there for you to talk to you but you have to take the time to get out and socialize.

That’s my first piece of advice to you, SUNY graduate students.  Enjoy getting out there!

This is your blog too!  If you have any suggestions or you would like to spark a discussion, feel free!