Adolescence Education Degree (MAT)

Our initial preparation (preservice) programs in adolescence education are designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in one or more academic disciplines (English, French, Spanish, mathematics, history or a social science, social studies, biology, chemistry,  geology/earth science, physics) and seek a master’s degree and  NYS teaching certification to teach that subject in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification (see Teacher Certification for more information).

Prospective and currently-enrolled MAT students interested in adding on Adolescence Special Education certification can simultaneously enroll in the advanced certificate program. Students should first consult with their advisor and Tami Mann and then can apply by emailing this Add-On Certificate Applicationto

Program requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs consist of a minimum of 35 graduate credits, with 21 credits in TLEL, 8 credits in the academic discipline, and 6 credits of supervised internships. Students complete core courses plus 1 full day per week of fieldwork prior to the internship. The internship is by admission only; students’ academic work must be satisfactory, and students must demonstrate positive dispositions for teaching in both academic courses and in fieldwork before being admitted to student teaching.

Culminating paper/project requirement

All MAT, end-of-program, discipline-specific SEC 594 courses require at least one teaching unit to be planned, implemented and evaluated in the concurrent supervised internship. These units are a required component for SEC 594 course grades and are also scored for AAQEP purposes using a common, cross-program TLEL rubric. They also form the basis of more extensive analyses that are submitted as the students' edTPA units for grading by Pearson. Passing the edTPA is one of several required assessments for NYSED teaching certification.

Plan of study

The plan of study for each of the MAT programs provides students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

  1. MAT (all subject areas)
  2. BA-MAT (mathematics)
  3. BA-MAT (French)
  4. BA-MAT (Spanish)

Required courses

In addition to the required courses listed above, students are required to take two graduate level courses in their respective academic discipline.

Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must earn at least a B- in all courses to progress to subsequent semesters.

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