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Education, Adolescence (MSED, MAT)

Program Overview

Every community requires qualified and dedicated teachers to prepare students for success in their subjects and in life. To meet the needs of aspiring teachers from a variety of fields and backgrounds, Binghamton University's Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership (TLEL) offers both initial and advanced certification programs in adolescence education: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social studies
  • Spanish

Initial certification programs are intended for students who do not yet have certification to teach. They culminate in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees. These programs prepare students with bachelor’s degrees who seek certification to teach students in grades 7-12 in New York State schools for initial teaching certification. 

Advanced certification programs are designed for students who already hold teaching certification and lead to Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degrees. These programs combine advanced study and practice in both an academic area and in professional education, enhancing the teaching and leadership abilities of secondary school educators. Completion of this degree and other requirements leads to professional certification in New York State as a teacher of the subject area for students in grades 7-12.

Accelerated degree programs in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, physics, French and Spanish are also available. These programs provide outstanding Binghamton University undergraduate students the opportunity to graduate with 2 degrees in 5 years: a bachelor’s degree in a subject and an MAT degree to teach that subject.

Degrees Offered

  • MSED in Biology Adolescence Education
  • MSED in Chemistry Adolescence Education
  • MSED in Earth Science Adolescence Education
  • MSED in English Adolescence Education
  • MSED in French Adolescence Education
  • MSED in Mathematics Adolescence Education
  • MSED in Physics Adolescence Education
  • MSED in Social Studies Adolescence Education
  • MSED in Spanish Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Biology Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Chemistry Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Earth Science Adolescence Education
  • MAT in English Adolescence Education
  • MAT in French Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Mathematics Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Physics Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Social Studies Adolescence Education
  • MAT in Spanish Adolescence Education

Internships, research opportunities and more

Fieldwork and student teaching are important components of the program. Students will learn through direct experience of classroom settings and will gain insight into the practical aspects of school administration. Members of our faculty are experienced researchers in the diverse techniques and strategies of education, and close faculty-student interaction creates valuable opportunities for guidance and advice.

After You Graduate

This program prepares students for teaching certification in adolescence education in New York State. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states. 

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements websiteWhile we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you visit the TLEL Admissions website for additional information.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • The department will accept additional letters of recommendation.
  • For MAT (initial certification) applicants: Official GRE scores 
  • For MSEd (advanced certification) applicants: Teaching certification and official GRE scores
  • Any program-specific materials

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 76

Deadlines

Degree Fall Spring
MSED in Biology Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in Chemistry Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in Earth Science Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in English Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in French Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in Mathematics Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in Physics Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in Social Studies Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MSED in Spanish Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Biology Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Chemistry Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Earth Science Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in English Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in French Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Mathematics Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Physics Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Social Studies Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)
MAT in Spanish Adolescence EducationRolling (February 1 Priority)Rolling (October 15 Priority)

For more information, visit the Education, Adolescence department page.

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