The School of Humanities and Sciences offers two graduate degrees: a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree in adolescence education and a master of science (M.S.) degree in childhood education. The M.A.T. program prepares liberal arts and sciences 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 Department of Education. 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, 13-month program begins in late May 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. Students in the childhood education program complete 38 credits of graduate study.
The graduate programs in education are intensive and academically rigorous. Students enroll full-time in graduate coursework and also participate in field experiences in school and community settings.
Core components of the education programs include
- The integration of theory and practice in coursework and field experience
- Opportunities to observe, tutor, and teach in multiple and diverse settings, including schools in the Ithaca area and our partnership schools in New York City’s Harlem community (Frederick Douglass Academy and Harlem Promise Academy)
- An emphasis on culturally responsive teaching that supports the personal and academic achievement of all learners
- Collaboration with local community programs and organizations to enhance school and classroom effectiveness
- Commitment to and ongoing participation in the processes of reflective practice and action research
Completion of either the M.A.T. or the M.S. program requires (1) the preparation of an electronic professional development portfolio, and (2) a paper and presentation documenting a classroom-based action research project.
For 2011-2012, the tuition cost is $607 per credit.
In addition to the regular application procedures for admission to graduate study at Ithaca College, applicants to the graduate program in adolescence education or childhood education must also submit an essay. The topic for the essay is included within the online application. Finalists for admission to the graduate programs in education are invited to participate in a campus interview with faculty.
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and are awarded to students with strong academic records and the ability to assist program-area faculty with research and development efforts, especially those connected with the College’s school and community partnerships. Applicants interested in applying for graduate assistantships should refer to the additional information provided in the Financial Aid section.