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Our M.A.T. graduate students take their core courses in education together, but each area of certification in our M.A.T. program:

  • requires distinct, discipline-specific admission prerequisites, and
  • offers several graduate courses specific to the discipline.

Admission Prerequisites in the Discipline: In addition to the basic prerequisites required for admission to the M.A.T. program, which includes adequate scores on the G.R.E., applicants are expected to have a depth and breadth of knowledge in the content area they wish to teach. Discipline-specific requirements, required for certification, are listed below. If you have questions about prerequisite coursework, please contact Dr. Peter Martin, Chair, Graduate Programs in Education.

Graduate Coursework in the Discipline: M.A.T. students have the opportunity to continue the study of their disciplines as part of the graduate program.

Information for each certificate area (agriculture, English, social studies, modern languages and literatures, mathematics, and sciences) is provided below.

Agriculture

Admission Prerequisites

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in agriculture or a related field, or
  • At least 30 credits of undergraduate and graduate coursework in agriculture and related areas.

In their prerequisite coursework, students are expected to have studied areas such as agribusiness, animal science, environmental science, food products and processing, natural resources, and plant sciences. Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with the faculty.

Graduate Coursework

Courses include Youth Leadership and Organizations, Educational Programs in Agricultural Science, and Advanced Concepts in Agriculture Education.

English

Admission Prerequisites

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in English, or
  • An undergraduate major in writing/journalism, with a minor in English, or
  • At least 30 credits of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in English or related fields.

In this prerequisite coursework, students are expected to have studied American literature, British literature (including Shakespeare), multicultural/world literature, literary theory/criticism, and poetry.

Graduate Coursework

The English track of our M.A.T. program addresses New York State standards for information and understanding, literary response, critical analysis, and social interaction. The curriculum requires a range of oral and written assignments meant to stimulate thinking about how to teach the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. There are three graduate course offerings in the academic area: History and Structure of the English Language, World Literature, and American Literature.

Social Studies

Admission Prerequisites

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in social studies, or
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in history, with additional coursework in politics/government, economics, geography, and other social sciences, or
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in another field with substantial coursework in economics and other social sciences, and “at least 21 credits of study in the history and geography of the United States and the world” (as per New York State requirements for certification). Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty.

Graduate Coursework

The social studies teacher education content area requirements are closely aligned with both state and national standards. Students are required to take graduate-level history seminars in each of three categories: United States, European, and global history. Topics vary each session.

Modern Languages and Literatures (French and Spanish)

Admission Prerequisites - French

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in French or Francophone studies, or
  • At least 30 credits of undergraduate and graduate coursework in French or Francophone studies, or
  • Native fluency in French with an appropriate undergraduate degree and coursework from a foreign institution of higher learning.

Admission Prerequisites - Spanish

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in Spanish or in the culture and literature of the Spanish speaking world, or
  • At least 30 credits in Spanish or in the language and literature of the Spanish speaking world, or
  • Native fluency in Spanish with an appropriate undergraduate degree and coursework from a foreign institution of higher learning.

In this prerequisite coursework, students are expected to have studied literature, culture and civilization, and linguistics. Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty. Students are also required to demonstrate that they have achieved a minimum rating of Advanced Low for oral proficiency on the OPI or OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview, developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and administered by Language Testing International). Note: Students who have native or near native language proficiency but do not meet the coursework criteria may need to take courses in history/culture, literature, and/or linguistics. 

Graduate Coursework

Our program meets both state and national standards for teachers of languages other than English, focusing on fluency and cultural understanding. Through extensive communication practice and the close study of literary and cultural texts on varying topics, our students acquire a nuanced understanding of the language and a broad-based knowledge of the Francophone or Spanish-speaking world.

Mathematics

Admission Prerequisites

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in mathematics or a closely-related field such as mathematics-computer science or mathematics-physics, or
  • At least 30 credits of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in mathematics.

In this prerequisite coursework, students are expected to have studied calculus, statistics and probability, linear algebra, geometry, discrete mathematics, abstract algebra, and proof-focused courses. Students are also expected to have experience using technological tools in mathematics (e.g. graphing calculator, Geometer's Sketchpad). Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty.

Graduate Coursework

Our discipline-specific courses in mathematics are designed to provide deep mathematical knowledge and reasoning abilities with insightful connections to secondary school mathematics curricula. Students are required to take three math courses as part of their graduate study: Seminar in Mathematics Education, History of Mathematics, and Connections between Secondary and Advanced Algebra.

Science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics)

Admission Prerequisites - biology

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in biology, or
  • At least 30 undergraduate and/or graduate credits in biology and related sciences. 

In their prerequisite coursework, students are also expected to have taken courses such as cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and evolution, anatomy and physiology, ecology, and related mathematics. Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty.

Admission Prerequisites - chemistry

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry or a closely-related field, such as biochemistry, chemical physics, or chemical engineering, or
  • At least 30 credits of undergraduate and graduate coursework in chemistry.

In their prerequisite coursework, students are also expected to have taken courses in principles of chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physics and related mathematics. Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty.

Admission Prerequisites - earth science

  • *An undergraduate or graduate degree in earth science/geology, or
  • *At least 30 credits of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework major in earth science/geology and related areas.

In their prerequisite coursework, students are expected to have studied geology (i.e. physical, historical, and structural), advanced geology (i.e. minerology, geomorphology, oceanography), focused topics in earth science (i.e. meteorology and weather, climate, and planetary astronomy), and related mathematics and additional sciences. Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty.

Admission Prerequisites - physics

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in physics, or
  • An undergraduate major in engineering or physical science (chemistry, geology, astronomy), with a minor in physics or substantial coursework in physics.

In their prerequisite coursework, students are also expected to have taken courses in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, waves, sounds and light, quantum theory and the atom, and related mathematics and sciences. Note: Applicants who are missing some of these requirements can develop an academic plan in conjunction with faculty.

Graduate Coursework (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics)

The science-specific graduate courses stress the processes of science (inquiry, analysis, and design) and the ability to effectively communicate knowledge and ideas to others: Inquiry and the Nature of Science, Science Topics Every Science Teacher Should Know, and Education Research for the Science Teacher.