The M.A.T. is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a teaching certificate in adolescence education: English (7-12). It is not open to students who already have initial certification in secondary English. The program provides
the pedagogical course work, practica and student teaching experiences necessary for the initial certificate that qualifies individuals to teach in the public schools in New York State;
the opportunity for advanced study in English and the language arts; and
the master’s degree necessary for the professional certificate in adolescence education: English (7‑12).
A minimum of 46-51 credit hours of approved graduate study as described hereafter is required for the M.A.T. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken at the 600-level.
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to a degree program stated in this catalog, the applicant for enrollment in the program leading to an M.A.T. in adolescence education: English (7-12) should present the following:
- At least a B average in undergraduate courses in English, composition or comparative literature.
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 in all undergraduate courses.
- One year of college‑level study or the equivalent of a language other than English. If this requirement has not already been met, the candidate may take language courses concurrently with graduate study.
- Two letters of reference. Letters from undergraduate professors teaching in the subject areas identified in number one are required.
- A minimum of 33 hours of approved undergraduate courses in English, composition or comparative literature.
Individuals making application for an initial certificate as a teacher of adolescence education: English (7-12) in New York State are required to complete one year of college‑level study or the equivalent of a language other than English. If this requirement has not already been met, the candidate may take language courses concurrently with graduate study.
Students are required to submit a student‑teaching portfolio that provides documentation of reflective practices and teaching and learning processes. Students will begin work on artifacts for inclusion in this portfolio in their pedagogy courses. The portfolio will then be assembled and completed in AED 578 Master's Project and Teaching Colloquia. Students who do not complete the portfolio in AED 578 will have to register for ENG 697: Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity until the portfolio is completed.
Student Teaching Requirement
To be eligible to student teach, students must have completed 15 credit hours in the pedagogical core, including ENG 504, 505, AED 541, 668, 669 and six credit hours in the content core. An unsatisfactory external evaluation for either field experience course (ENG 505 or AED 669) may result in termination from the program. Students who do not receive at least one acceptable evaluation from their host teacher for ENG 505 or AED 669 will not be permitted to student teach.
Other requirements for the award of the degree may be determined by the English Department and must be ascertained by the student in consultation with a departmental graduate advisor.