Our MAT in adolescence education program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in geology (earth science) and seek certification to teach earth science in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification (see Teacher Certification for more information).
Applicants are generally expected to have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in geology or related earth science. The applicant's undergraduate work must be acceptable to the Geological Sciences Department in Harpur College, as well as to the Graduate School of Education. Students without appropriate undergraduate preparation may be admitted with the stipulation that they take additional coursework in geology or the cognate sciences.
The MSEd program is for students who already hold certification in earth sciences; this program combines 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 in grades 7-12 in earth sciences.