Ithaca College also offers graduate education programs in individual disciplines:
The School of Humanities and Sciences offers two graduate degrees: a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree and a master of science (M.S.) degree in childhood education. The M.A.T. program prepares liberal arts graduates for teaching careers in adolescence education, grades 7-12, in the following subject areas: biology, English, French, chemistry, mathematics, physics, social studies, and Spanish. The M.S. in childhood education prepares liberal arts graduates for teaching careers in elementary education, grades 1-6.
The M.A.T. program in adolescence education and the M.S. program in childhood education are registered with and approved by the New York State Education Department. Graduates of the M.A.T. and M.S. programs are fully eligible for initial teaching certification in adolescence education (grades 7-12) and childhood education (grades 1-6), respectively, in New York State, which also has interstate reciprocity agreements with more than 30 other states and jurisdictions.
The design of the M.A.T. curriculum combines an introduction to the field of education with continued study of the student’s academic discipline. M.A.T. students complete 21 graduate credits in education and 12 credits of coursework in the discipline. The full-time, 12-month program begins in the summer each year.
The childhood education graduate program, which was designed in collaboration with local-area public school personnel, begins in late May each year, continues through the summer, fall, and spring semesters, and concludes in late June of the following year. The 13-month program is intensive and academically rigorous; graduate students in the childhood education program take coursework in curriculum and instruction, while participating in field experiences in school and community settings.
Core components of the education programs include
Completion of either the M.A.T. or the M.S. program requires (1) the preparation and oral defense of a professional portfolio, and (2) a paper and poster presentation documenting a classroom-based action research project.