Adolescence Education

Adolescence Education Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.A.T. program is highly selective. Applicants are expected to have a strong general education background in the liberal arts and sciences, a depth and breadth of knowledge in the content area they intend to teach, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to working with diverse adolescents in educational settings.

Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited college or university, with the completion of a major, or its equivalent, in the study of the discipline in which the applicant is seeking initial certification in adolescence education (biology, chemistry, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish). Applicants in social studies are expected to have an undergraduate major in history or government/political science and to have completed study in economics, government, and at least a total of 21 semester hours of study in the history and geography of the United States and the world, as per state requirements.

Admission to the M.A.T. program -- and teaching certification in New York -- also requires the successful completion, or the equivalent, of at least one semester of college-level study in a language other than English.

The M.A.T. in adolescence education has established three prerequisite courses:

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

These prerequisite courses are offered at Ithaca College multiple times each year. Ithaca College undergraduates who plan to apply to the M.A.T. program are encouraged to take these courses prior to graduation. Applicants from other accredited institutions can submit evidence of course-equivalent syllabi and grades of B or better in these courses, as well as satisfactory completion of 50 hours of course-connected field experiences in secondary schools. M.A.T. applicants who have not completed these prerequisites may be admitted provisionally with the expectation that these undergraduate deficiencies be completed according to stipulations established by the graduate chair.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take -- prior to admission, for advising purposes -- the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), one of the three examinations required for New York State teacher certification. For information about this exam, see

Teacher Certification Examinations

Requirements for the M.A.T. in Adolescence Education

A total of 33 credits, including a full professional semester of student teaching, is required.

A cumulative average of 3.00 or better must be maintained in order to graduate.

This program is designed for candidates seeking initial teaching certification in adolescence education, grades 7–12, in biology, chemistry, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish.

M.A.T. Core Education Courses (21 credits):

  • Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines -- 3 credits
  • Educational Technology for Middle and Secondary Educators -- 3 credits
  • The Exceptional Child in the Classroom -- 3 credits
  • Literacy Development and Second Language Acquisition -- 3 credits
  • Professional Semester in Education -- 6 credits
  • Seminar in Reflective Practice -- 3 credits

M.A.T. Discipline-Specific Courses (12 credits):

Pedagogy and practice in the discipline -- 3 credits

Select one:
English Pedagogy and Practice for the English Teacher
French/Spanish Pedagogy and Practice of Teaching Languages Other Than English
Mathematics Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher
Biology/Chemistry/Physics Pedagogy and Practice for the Science Teacher
Social Studies Pedagogy and Practice in the Teaching of Social Studies

Three courses in the discipline – 9 credits

English Graduate seminars in English language arts, American literature, and world literature
French/Spanish Three courses selected in conjunction with the faculty adviser
Mathematics Graduate seminar in mathematics and two additional courses selected in conjunction with the faculty adviser
Biology/Chemistry/Physics Three courses selected in conjunction with the faculty adviser
Social Studies Graduate seminars in U.S. history, European history, and global history

Teacher certification requirements (noncredit workshops):

Prior to graduation, all M.A.T. students must have attended and participated in these three state-required workshops, each of which is offered several times a year on the Ithaca College campus:

  • Child Abuse Identification and Prevention
  • Violence Prevention
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

Professional Portfolio and Action Research Project

In lieu of a thesis requirement and/or a comprehensive exam, the M.A.T. program includes the graduation requirement that all students complete both a professional development electronic portfolio and an action research project. The professional portfolio provides evidence that the M.A.T. candidate has met College, state, and national standards for effective teaching, and its preparation begins during the first semester of the M.A.T. program. The action research project is also a yearlong project: the research proposal is developed in the summer and fall, data is collected and analyzed in the spring, and the research report is written and presented in the final summer semester of the program.

Professional Semester in Education

During the spring semester in the program, M.A.T. students complete two student teaching experiences, one in grades 7-9 and the other in grades 10-12.  Student teaching is a full-time commitment requiring full days in public schools and additional hours spent in planning, assessment, after-school activities, and a weekly seminar.  M.A.T. students are not allowed to enroll in additional courses or participate in varsity sports, musical ensembles, or theater performances at the College during the professional semester.