Master of Arts in Teaching


Program Summary

Format: On-site

Locations: Capital Region

Credit Hours:

16 courses includes 1 full year internship

Cost: price per course

Our Program

The MAT degree includes a full year practical internship that is designed for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts discipline and who would like to teach subjects such as:

Biology Mathematics Chinese German
Chemistry Physics English Latin
Earth Science Social Studies French Spanish

in secondary schools or technology at the K-12 level.  The program provides the pedagogical course work and experience necessary for New York State Initial certification, grades 7-12. It also provides the opportunity to extend and deepen knowledge in the subject area of certification and the Master’s degree necessary for professional certification.


Core requirements:

  • Psychology of Teaching
  • Psychology of Teaching Laboratory
  • one of the Curriculum and Methods of Teaching English, languages, mathematics, science, or social studies courses
  • Essential Reading Literacy
  • Writing in the Content Classroom
  • Seminar on Special Needs Populations, Assessment and School Reform

Additional requirements:

  • One-year teaching internship
  • Master’s research one-term classroom-based project
  • Computer Literacy
  • Two electives in the subject area for which certification is sought

The Clarkson Teaching Internship
MAT graduate candidates complete a half-day, year-long internship in a secondary school, taking full responsibility for at least two classes. Students will be interviewed at the site(s) where they expect to intern. Entrance into the teaching internship portion of the program is contingent upon completion of Psychology of Teaching and the appropriate Curriculum and Methods course with minimum grades of “B” and with permission of the Chair.

Admission Requirements


  • Undergraduate liberal arts core, including courses in humanities/arts, writing/communication, social sciences, STEM, and foreign language.
  • 4 days of structured observations in secondary schools (organized by Clarkson University)
  • Educational Psychology (a course, or independent study with Clarkson University exam)

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have a 100% success rate on the NY State Teaching exam as well as a 95% rate of placing students in teaching positions in 2015.

Contact Us

Catherine Snyder
Chair Department of Education
Capital Region Campus

If you are ready to apply or have admissions questions call 518/631-6970 or email

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