This Master of Arts in Teaching program is intended for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in biology,
chemistry, geosciences, or physics (or equivalent) and who wish to earn a certificate
to teach in grades 7-12 in NYS public schools. This provides an opportunity to fulfill
a regional need for qualified science teachers from nontraditional sources such as
content majors or individuals considering a second career. This 15 month program will
allow graduates to be eligible for both initial and professional certification in
their science discipline and/or 7-12 General Science, and/or 5-6 Extension.
The program is designed for students to take a sequence of courses starting one summer
and through to the end of the next summer. Some allowance, upon advisement, may be
given for certain courses to be taken out of sequence or on a part time bases.
EDU 502 Psychology of Adolescence
EDU 508 Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
EDU 301 Child Abuse and Neglect
EDU 302 Drugs and Alcohol
EDU 303 Fire Safety and Violence Prevention
EDU 536 Adolescent Literature and Technology
one of the following other courses:
EDU 506 Introduction to Literacy Learning
EDU 586 Content Area Literacy
EDU 587 Psychological Foundations of Literacy
SCED 560 Foundations of Teaching Science to Adolescent Learners
SCED 660 Developing Expertise in Science Teaching
SCED 680 Inquiry into Science Teaching in Context
6 Credits BIO, CHEM, GEO, PHY, SCI, SCED electives, upon advisement
SCED 670 Student Teaching: Middle School
SCED 671 Student Teaching: High School
May include additional hours at the graduate or undergraduate level for candidates
who want to also qualify for the general science 7-12 extension or multiple certificates.
* includes 50 hours of field experience each in middle and high school
Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 44
- BS degree in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, or equivalent; 2.75 GPA overall
and in the discipline. Evaluation of transcript by the MAT Coordinator to identify
the certification area(s) and any deficiencies that must be addressed through further
- Two letters of recommendation preferable from individuals who have observed you working
with adolescents, who can speak to your potential as a successful secondary science
teacher. These must be confidential and recent (within last six months).
- A personal statement that includes a brief summary of work or volunteer experiences
with children or youth. Examples of appropriate experiences include: in-school classroom
experience, teaching at a community center, teaching youth groups in other community
settings, camp counseling, coaching. Your statement should also include how your experiences
will help you be an effective teacher, and what it is about teaching and adolescents
that make you want to pursue this career path.
- Entrance Interview. All candidates will be screened in an in-person or phone interview
with the Program Coordinators.
- A completed graduate application
Dr. Holly Lawson,
Department of Science Education Website