Adolescence Education Degree (MAT)

Our MAT program is for individuals looking to obtain initial New York State teaching certification. This program is NOT for individuals who are already certified to teach.

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If you are already certified to teach, check out our advanced programs here.


Our initial preparation programs in adolescence education are designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in one or more academic disciplines (English, mathematics, history or a social science, social studies, biology, chemistry,  geology/earth science, physics) and seek a master’s degree and  NYS teaching certification to teach that subject in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification (see Teacher Certification for more information).

Prospective and currently-enrolled MAT students interested in adding on Adolescence Special Education certification can simultaneously enroll in the advanced certificate program. Students should first consult with their advisor and Tami Mann and then can apply by emailing this Add-On Certificate Application to

*Please note that at this time, the Adolescence Education MAT Programs are offered in-person only.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs consist of a minimum of 35 graduate credits, with 21 credits in TLEL, 8 credits in the academic discipline, and 6 credits of supervised internships. Students complete core courses plus one full day per week of fieldwork prior to the internship. The internship is by admission only; students’ academic work must be satisfactory, and students must demonstrate positive dispositions for teaching in both academic courses and in fieldwork before being admitted to student teaching.

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 AAQEP purposes using a common, cross-program TLEL rubric.

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  • General Inquiries: If you are interested in learning more about one of our programs, please contact
  • Application Process or Transcript Review: To learn more about the application process or a transcript review, please contact our Admissions and Certification Advisor, Tami Mann.
  • Start Your Application Today: To start your application click here.

Plan of Study

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

  1. MAT (all subject areas)

Accelerated/4+1 Programs

The MAT accelerated/4+1 programs within TLEL allows you to take undergraduate coursework for your first three years, then get a head start on your graduate coursework during your senior year. In your fourth (senior) year, you combine bachelor- and master-level courses into your schedule and graduate with your bachelor’s degree. In your fifth year, you are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on the coursework to complete your master’s degree. TLEL MAT accelerated/4+1 programs include:

  • BA in Mathematical Sciences/ MAT Math Adolescent Education

If you are interested in applying to one of our accelerated/4+1 programs, please reach out to a member of TLEL's Admissions Team by contacting

Required Courses

In addition to the required courses listed above, students are required to take two graduate level courses in their respective academic discipline.

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

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