Location: Capital Region Delivery Method: Onsite

With a 25-year history of success, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers the tools needed to be successful secondary classroom teachers.

The Clarkson MAT program is the right career choice because graduates consistently have a success rate of over 90% on the rigorous New York State Teacher Certification Exams and a job placement rate of 100 percent (2017).   Our students graduate with confidence and hands on experience in the classroom built during an individually selected, full-year, mentored teaching residency included as part of the program.

The MAT program is a licensure-endorsing program that prepares you for the New York State teachers certification at the secondary level (7 - 12 grade). The program prepares you in the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, technology (K - 12), mathematics, English, social studies, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Additional coursework is available to extend foreign language certification for first-grade teachers, and other disciplines for fifth-grade teachers.

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Student Teaching Residency Locations

All students complete a 7 week summer intensive term at the Capital Region Campus, designed to prepare aspiring teachers for their fall residency.  Students can choose to do their teaching residency in one of three locations.  Students doing their residency outside the Capital Region may complete coursework both face to face and by distancing in to classes on the Capital Region Campus.

  • Greater Capital Region, NY Residency (Locations in this region are located between Amsterdam to Troy, and Saratoga to Delmar.)
  • North Country Region, NY Residency (Locations in this region are located between Camden to Pottersville, and Salmon River to Lake George.)
  • Queens, NY Residency (Locations are at the International High School for Health Sciences and Newton High School.)

Additional sites within New York are available based on candidate’s professional plans. All residencies are arranged by the Clarkson Department of Education and approved by the partner school district.

Isabell Shields
Thanks to the MAT program and the faculty, everything aligned for me —I got an amazing internship at a fantastic high school and I had a teaching job even before the public schools posted their positions.

Isabell Shields '15, Master of Arts in Teaching


MA in Teaching

The MAT program at Clarkson is a 38 credit hour program. This coursework will be focused around teaching and can be tailored to your subject of interest. Students can complete the program in as little as one year, or spread their studies out.  Students who begin in the summer term (third week of June), should complete the degree within 12 months. Students starting in the spring semester (second week of January), should complete the degree within 18 months. Those who start the program in the fall semester (last week of August), should complete the degree in 22 months.

MA in Teaching Curriculum

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Career Outlook

New York may need to hire 180,000 new teachers by 2027, predicts SUNY Chancellor Emeritus Nancy Zimpher. This looming teacher shortage is expected to impact urban and rural school districts, and foreign languages and STEM subjects the most. 

Grants and Scholarships

Clarkson and the government offer grants and scholarships to help you pay for school. There is even a specific grant for prospective teachers. To learn more visit our scholarships page below.

Scholarships & Grants


Tuition Rate Guarantee

In an effort to keep our educational costs affordable, we guarantee that tuition rates will remain consistent for students who remain in the same course of study and attend at least every fall and spring semester until they’ve completed their degree.



General Admission Requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The equivalent of an undergraduate major in the discipline the candidate would like to teach
  • Undergraduate liberal arts core, including courses in humanities/arts, writing/communication, social sciences, STEM and one semester of foreign language
  • ED500 Field Experience: Four days of structured observations in secondary schools. Can be arranged by CRC Department of Education Coordinator. Please call 518-631-9870 (must be completed prior to summer intensive; can be completed in fall or spring in the first year if students select the two year program).
  • Educational psychology (an undergraduate course, or independent study with Clarkson’s CRC Department of Education exam. Must be completed prior to summer intensive; can be completed in fall or spring in the first year if students select the two year program).

A complete application file consists of the following items:

*GRE and/or Millers Academy Test may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

For students applying to the 18 month program that begins in the spring, complete applications must be received by November 1st. For students applying to the one-year MAT program that begins in the summer, complete applications must be received by April 1st. For students applying for the two-year MAT program that begins in the Fall term, applications are due by June 1st.

Early and on-time applicants will receive preferential review for scholarship opportunities.

Late applicants will be considered based on availability.


The MAT program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the New York State Education Department.

Explore the MAT Program

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Contact Us

Catherine Snyder
Chair of Education
Capital Region Campus
80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact
Graduate Admissions Team

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