Academic Programs

Adolescence Education (M.A.T.)

Do you have a strong liberal arts background and a passion for making a difference in your community? Our 13-month M.A.T. (master of arts in teaching) program will prepare you to work with -- and inspire -- adolescents in a variety of educational settings. The M.A.T. is available in the following subject areas:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • English
  • French
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • social studies
  • Spanish

Graduates of our program are fully eligible for initial teaching certification in the state of New York, which has reciprocity agreements with more than 30 other states and jurisdictions.

In addition to integrating study in education with your academic discipline, our program combines classroom learning with fieldwork. You’ll have ample opportunities to observe, tutor, and teach, with placements ranging from Ithaca-area schools to the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. Upon graduation, you’ll be well prepared to enter a field that demands creative thinking, compassion, and flexibility. 

Program Prerequisites

Since our M.A.T. program is intensive, we believe it is important for applicants to have completed some initial study of and experience in the field. As a result, we have established the following preprofessional prerequisites for admission:

  • PSYC-21010 Educational Psychology
  • EDUC-34000 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
  • EDUC-21910 Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice (includes 50 hours of field experiences in school settings)

Applicants from other accredited institutions may submit evidence of equivalent courses, as well as satisfactory completion of 50 hours of course-connected field experiences in public schools. Applicants who have not completed these prerequisites may be admitted to the program provisionally and will be expected to enroll in these courses according to an academic plan developed by the chair of graduate programs in education.