Requirements for the MAT in English

The degree program consists of 44 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

1. ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
15 credits.

Course selection will be determined by the student and advisor. Students who have academic deficiencies in English linguistics and/or did not complete an advanced analytical composition course will be required to include courses that specifically address these deficiencies. These courses will be part of the 15 credits selected to satisfy this requirement.

Students may substitute one to six credits from Theatre Arts or Writing and Rhetoric programs to fulfill this requirement.

2. PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION  - 23 credits

CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
PSY 595 Human Development
CEE 588 Methods of Instruction in Literature and Composition in Secondary School (corequisite CEF 551)
CEE 590 Student Teaching Seminar (corequisites CEQ 591 & CEQ 592; prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552)
CEE 593 Performance and Technology in Teaching Literature and Compositions (prerequisite CEE 588; corequisite CEF 552) 
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
CEF 551 Field Experience I — Grades 7-9 (one-credit; corequisite CEE 588)
CEF 552 Field Experience II — Grades 10-12 (one-credit; prerequisite CEF 551; corequisite CEE 593) 
LIN 544 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development

3. SUPERVISED STUDENT TEACHING  - 6 credits

CEQ 591 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: English (prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552; corequisites CEE 590 & CEQ 592)
CEQ 592 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: English (prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552; corequisites CEE 590 & CEQ 591)

4. WRITTEN PROJECT

Students will be required to complete a four-week English teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.


TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.

In addition, all teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
  • School Violence (Project Save)

See  Certification and Licensing Workshops  for details and schedules.

All students will have to complete the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), Educating All Students Test, and the revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the Certificate.  It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. All students are required to complete and submit the edTPA (Education-Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio) in their content field. Students should check with the program director for specific requirements.