The master of arts in teaching (MAT) degree in adolescence education is a program for students who have an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, English, geology (Earth science), mathematics, physics, a social science, French or Spanish, and who are seeking certification to teach that subject in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification. For more information about teacher certification regulations, go to www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with sufficient academic background in the prospective area of teaching to take graduate work in the discipline. To be eligible for the program, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better in their content area and overall. It is recommended that applicants have a pre-admission interview with a graduate advisor in the MAT program in the School of Education.
Applications are submitted online to the Graduate School at applygrad.binghamton.edu. Letters of recommendation should be from professors familiar with the applicant's work in the content area. (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 part-time equivalent). Students may begin their degree programs in either the fall or spring semester. However, students 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 the required 100 clock hours of fieldwork before being admitted to the final fall (student teaching) semester. Because the MAT 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.
Applicants should have an undergraduate major in either French or Spanish. The applicant’s undergraduate work must be acceptable to the Romance Languages Department in Harpur College, as well as to the School of Education. Students without appropriate undergraduate preparation are required to take additional intermediate and upper-level courses to be eligible to apply to this program.
In all MAT programs, a minimum of 42 credits is required: 22 credits in education, 12 credits in the academic discipline and eight credits in supervised student teaching. A grade of B or better must be earned in both SEC 593 and SEC 594, and an overall average of B or better is required to graduate.
|LTRC 519||Adolescent Learners and Literacy for the Content Areas||4 credits|
|SEC 500||Foundations of Secondary Education||4 credits|
|SEC 501||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 Romance Language||4 credits|
|SEC 594||Curriculum and Teaching in (French or Spanish)||4 credits|
12 credits in Romance language courses
SEC 590/591, Pre-service Practicum in Teaching I and II, 8 credits
For more information about this program, visit the Graduate School of Education Teacher Education webpage, contact Chesla Ann Bohinski, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tami Mann at email@example.com.
Last Updated: 3/20/14