This adolescence education program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in physics (or related field) and seek certification to teach Physics in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification (see Teacher Certification for more information).
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and a solid core of undergraduate physics and related sci-tech/engineering and mathematics courses that include, at a minimum, 12 credits of introductory physics (including four credits of modern physics); 16 credits of calculus (including differential equations); 10 credits of sci-tech courses (computers, electronics, etc.); and four credits of introductory chemistry or a physical science. The applicant's undergraduate work must be acceptable to the Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy Department in Harpur College, as well as to the Graduate School of Education. Students without appropriate undergraduate preparation in physics and related areas are required to take additional courses in consultation with the graduate director in physics to be eligible to apply for this program. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in physics and overall.
In addition, applicants should have a distribution of undergraduate coursework in the arts and sciences, which must include one semester of college-level study or three years of high school in a language other than English. It is recommended that applicants have a pre-admission interview with a graduate adviser in the MAT program in the Graduate School of Education.
Letters of recommendation should be from physics professors familiar with the applicant’s work. (In the special case of an applicant having held an extended position in the field of education, one letter may be from the applicant’s supervisor in the position.)
If all prerequisite undergraduate requirements have been met, the MAT degree requires three semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent of part-time study). Students may begin their degree programs in either the fall or spring semester, but will be admitted for the spring semester only if space permits. Matriculated students are expected to successfully complete LTRC 519, SEC 500, SEC 593, and 100 clock hours of fieldwork before being admitted to the final fall (student teaching) semester. Please read about the Fieldwork Requirements. Because the Master of Arts in Teaching course of study is a unique graduate program that results in a professional credential, we expect our students to conduct themselves professionally at all times in both university and school classrooms.