• Intensive, one-year program (late May through June of the following year)
  • 33 credit program: 21 credits of education coursework, and 12 credits specific to the academic
  • Cohort group of graduate students proceeds through the program together
  • Field experiences in multiple, diverse sites, including our partnership school in Harlem, NY
  • Action research project required for graduation

Master of Arts in Adolescence Education

Qualified graduates from accredited undergraduate colleges and universities who are interested in teaching grades 7-12 find Ithaca College’s program in Adolescence Education both invigorating and rewarding. The program prepares students for secondary school teaching careers in a variety of subjects, including biology, chemistry, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish.

Courses in the program emphasize the connection between theory and practice and are tied to ongoing field experiences in school and community settings. M.A.T. students develop the knowledge and skills they need for culturally responsive teaching in support of diverse student populations. Graduates of the program become leaders in their departments, schools, and communities.

Discipline-Specific Tracks 


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 four graduate course offerings in the academic area: English Language Arts, World Literatures, American Literature, and Pedagogy and Practice for the English Teacher. 


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 in addition to Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher, which prepares students for their professional fieldwork. 

Modern Languages and Literatures 

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 texts, our students acquire a nuanced understanding of the language and a broad-based knowledge of the francophone or Spanish-speaking world. 

Science (Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics)

The underlying philosophy of our science education program is that knowledge, competence, leadership, and commitment to service are the essential characteristics of an outstanding teacher. In addition to the major areas of study within each discipline, we stress the processes of science (inquiry, analysis, and design) and the ability to effectively communicate knowledge and ideas to others. Graduates of our program are expected to promote scientific literacy and encourage the "scientific habit of mind." 

Social Studies 

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 electives in each of three categories: American, European, and global history. In addition, our pedagogy courses offer a strong global and multicultural focus along with exposure to secondary school students of varying ethnic, socioeconomic, and ability groups. 

For more information on program requirements, please refer to the Catalog.