Physics Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and a solid core of undergraduate physics and related sci-tech/engineering and mathematics courses that include, at a minimum, 12 credits of introductory physics (including four credits of modern physics); 16 credits of calculus (including differential equations); 10 credits of sci-tech courses (computers, electronics, etc.); and four credits of introductory chemistry or a physical science. The applicant's undergraduate work must be acceptable to the Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy Department in Harpur College, as well as to the Graduate School of Education. Students without appropriate undergraduate preparation in physics and related areas are required to take additional courses in consultation with the graduate director in physics to be eligible to apply for this program. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in physics 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 advisor prior to applying to the MAT physics program.

Letters of recommendation should be from physics 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. Read about 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 Courses - 12 credits

The MAT-physics advisory/guidance committee examines each student’s credentials and determines the most appropriate course of study in light of the student's background. The total minimum requirement is 12 credits of graduate-level physics. Applicants with less than a bachelor's degree in physics may need to take additional coursework in graduate physics.

Undergraduate courses that are not already co-listed as graduate courses may be taken as a part of graduate independent studies (PHYS 581 A-X). Additional projects under the direct supervision of a physics faculty project supervisor focus on translating the course content into experiments, demonstrations and/or lesson plans appropriate for grade 7-12 physical science/physics classes or teacher workshops.

Supervised Student Teaching - 8 credits

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

Plan of Study Form

The Plan of Study Form for the MAT Physics Adolescence Education Program provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

For more information about this program please contact program coordinator Thomas O'Brien via email or at 607-777-4877.

Last Updated: 11/18/16