Master of Arts in Teaching (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. program will prepare you to work with—and inspire—children and adolescents in a variety of educational settings.

Areas of Certification

  • Agriculture Education (grades K-12)

  • Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) in:

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

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 Admission and Prerequisites

Admission to the M.A.T. program is selective. Applicants must have coursework equivalent to a major in the area of certification, and a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited college or university. Applicants are also expected to submit GRE scores and provide evidence of a

  • strong background in the liberal arts and sciences, and
  • demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students in educational settings.

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:

  • EDUC 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 with the expectation that these requirements will be met according to an academic plan developed in conjunction with the chair of graduate programs in education.

For specific admission prerequisites in each area of certification, please consult the Discipline-Specific Admission and Curriculum

For additional information about the program’s curriculum and schedule, see the Master of Arts in Teaching – Program Specifics

An Ithaca graduate student working at the Frederick Douglass Academy in New York City.