Earth Science Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

This adolescence education program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in geology (earth science) and seek certification to teach earth science in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification (see Teacher Certification for more information). 

Applicants are generally expected to have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in geology or related earth science. The applicant's undergraduate work must be acceptable to the Geological Sciences Department in Harpur College, as well as to the Graduate School of Education. Students without appropriate undergraduate preparation may be admitted with the stipulation that they take additional coursework in geology or the cognate sciences. To be eligible for the program, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in geology and overall.

In addition, applicants should have a distribution of undergraduate coursework in the arts and sciences, which must include one semester of college-level study or three years of high school in a language other than English. It is recommended that students meet with a graduate adviser prior to applying to the MAT Earth Science program.

Letters of recommendation should be from geology professors familiar with the applicant’s work. (In the special case of an applicant having held an extended position in the field of education, one letter may be from the applicant’s supervisor in the position.) 

If all prerequisite undergraduate requirements have been met, the MAT degree requires three semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent of part-time study). Students may begin their degree programs in either the fall or spring semester, but will be admitted for the spring semester only if space permits. Matriculated students are expected to successfully complete LTRC 519, SEC 500, SEC 593, and 100 clock hours of fieldwork before being admitted to the fall student teaching semester. Please read about the Fieldwork Requirements. Because the Master of Arts in Teaching course of study is a unique graduate program that results in a professional credential, we expect our students to conduct themselves professionally at all times in both university and school classrooms.

Minimum Requirements for Degree (courses are subject to change)

This program requires a minimum of 42 credits: 22 credits in education, 12 credits in the academic discipline, and 8 credits in supervised student teaching. Grades of B or better must be earned in both SEC 593 and SEC 594, and an overall average of B or better must be maintained to graduate.

Education Courses - 22 credits

LTRC 519. Adolescent Learners and Literacy for the Content Areas 4 credits
SEC 500. Foundations of Secondary Education 4 credits
SPED500. Special Education for Content Area Teachers 4 credits
SEC 502. English as a Second Language for Content Area Teachers 2 credits
SEC 593. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations in the Pedagogy of Science 4 credits
SEC 594. Curriculum and Teaching in Science 4 credits

Subject-Area Courses - 12 credits

12 credits in Geological Sciences courses

Supervised Student Teaching - 8 credits

SEC 590/591. Pre-service Practicum in Teaching I and II - 8 credits

Plan of Study Form
The following link provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

Plan of Study Form for the MAT Earth Science Adolescence Education Program

NOTE: For more information about this program please contact the program coordinator  Dr. Thomas O'Brien , 777-4877

Last Updated: 2/12/16