Adolescence Education Accelerated Degree (BA+MAT)

Bachelors + Masters of Art in Teaching Accelerated Degree Programs

These programs combine the undergraduate program in a discipline (BA, BS with advisor consultation) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Adolescence Education program. Accelerated degree programs are offered in the following disciplines: French, Spanish, and mathematics.

Program requirements

The accelerated programs include the entire current Binghamton University discipline bachelor’s requirements and the current New York State Education Department-approved MAT program in Adolescence Education. The accelerated programs save students one semester of time relative to the separate, sequentially taken BA and MAT degrees. The number of discipline courses in the accelerated program is the same as for the BA and MAT done separately. In addition to intensive coursework, students complete fieldwork and internship requirements.

The accelerated programs provide an opportunity for a limited number of outstanding liberal arts students to graduate in five years with a discipline BA and an MAT degree. To be eligible, a student must have entered Binghamton University at the beginning of the freshman year and completed the ensuing five semesters at Binghamton University with a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or better in the discipline and overall.

Note: Transfer students are not eligible for the accelerated program but may apply to the MAT programs.

Culminating paper/project requirement

All MAT, end-of-program, discipline-specific SEC 594 courses require at least one teaching unit to be planned, implemented and evaluated in the concurrent supervised internship. These units are a required component for SEC 594 course grades and are also scored for CAEP purposes using a common, cross-program TLEL rubric. They also form the basis of more extensive analyses that are submitted as the students' edTPA units for grading by Pearson. Passing the edTPA is one of several required assessments for NYSED teaching certification.

Plan of study

The plan of study for each of the BA+MAT programs provide students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

  1. French (BA+MAT)
  2. Spanish (BA+MAT)
  3. Mathematics (BA+MAT)

Required courses

In addition to undergraduate requirements and 12 credits in the academic discipline, students will complete:

Students enrolled in teacher preparation programs must earn at least a B- in all courses to progress to subsequent semesters.


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Interested students are advised to complete this Google Form and schedule a time to meet with the MAT adolescence education coordinator in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership and with their advisor in Harpur College at the beginning of their sophomore year to ensure that all requirements are met in a timely manner and to confirm eligibility for the accelerated degree option.

If students are granted permission to continue as a MAT student in the fifth year, a formal application is submitted online via BU Brain.

As with the MAT program, students will submit transcripts, résumé, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and GRE scores. Letters of recommendation should preferably be from discipline professors familiar with the applicant's work or from the supervisor of an extended position held by the applicant in the field of education. Official GRE scores should be sent to the Graduate School as soon as possible.