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MAT Dual Certification


 New GRE Requirements for Teacher Education Programs


The New York State Education Transformation Act of 2015 requires graduate-level Teacher Education and Educational Leadership programs to establish rigorous admissions selection criteria geared to predicting applicants’ academic success in those programs. In accordance with these new regulations, Queens College has amended its admission requirements such that individuals who apply to any program leading to New York State certification in classroom teaching and/or in educational leadership will need to submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to Queens College as part of their application. Please see this document for further details:

Teaching Students with and without Disabilities at the Childhood Level Grades 1—6

Matriculation Requirements
Applicants to the dual certification MAT graduate program in Childhood Education and Special Education must:
  • Have an undergraduate major in Liberal Arts or Science with a minimum of 30 credits.
  • An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  • Write a well-written essay explaining why the applicant chose to pursue dual certification in elementary and special education.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation that demonstrate the applicant’s abilities, qualities, and promise as an educator.  
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to Queens College as part of their application. Please see this document for further details:

Academic Prerequisites  
Additionally applicants for the MAT Dual Certification Program must have had an undergraduate course distribution in the following prerequisites:

  • English Language Arts: Successful completion (i.e., a grade of B or better in each course) of 2 English courses, one must be English Composition.
  • The Arts: Successful completion of 2 Art courses (i.e., a grade of C or better in at least one of these courses).
  • Social Sciences: Successful completion (i.e., a grade of C or better in each course) of 4 Social Sciences courses. At least one of these courses must be a U.S. history course.
  • Math, Science and Technology: Successful completion (i.e., a grade of C or better in each course) of 6 courses selected from the areas typically classified as mathematics, science and technology. At least one of these courses must be a lab science course.
  • Foreign Language: Successful completion of two semesters of foreign language at the college level (grade of C or better) or 3 years of high school study in the same language with a passing grade on NYS High School in Regents in Foreign Language.

Requirements for Retention
All candidates once admitted are expected to demonstrate professional behaviors and dispositions that are consistent with (a) the Core Values of the Education Unit at Queens College of “promoting Equity, Excellence, and Ethics in urban schools and communities;” and (b) the code of ethics for special education professionals, as adopted by the Delegate Assembly of The Council for Exceptional Children, April 1983.

Additionally Candidates must  

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA to register for internship course (summer one) or research courses (year three). Maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate professional dispositions and behavior to remain matriculated and to graduate.
  • Receive a grade of B or better (3.0) in the summer internship.
  • Meet with an advisor if they get a course grade lower than B- or if they demonstrate questionable professional dispositions or behavior. A candidate and his/her advisor will then make a plan to determine (a) how to rectify any academic or behavioral deficiencies, and (b) the conditions for continuing in the program. Should an individualized plan address academic or behavioral deficiencies within an internship situation, a candidate may be required to participate in a guided internship experiences. The candidate would then be required to register for Supervised Internship in Special Education (ECPSE 754) to fulfill the requirements of the individualized plan.
  • As per Queens College graduate student governance policy, “a matriculated graduate student who is dismissed must remain out of the College for at least one semester. To return, the student must file a formal application for reentry and pay a non-refundable reentry fee by the appropriate deadline. The student must also petition the Office of Graduate Studies for permission to reenter. Requests for reentry will be reviewed on an individual basis. Permission to reenter following suspension may be granted one time only”. (Graduate Bulletin 2002—2004, p. 31)            

Requirements for Program Completion
To graduate, all GPSE candidates are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete all coursework.
  • Perform successfully on all program-level and unit-level assessments.
  • Apply for graduation in the spring of the semester they will graduate.
  • Candidates receiving MSED and MAT degrees must also: Successfully complete a research project developed with, supervised, and supported by a faculty member.    

Teacher Certification Requirements
Candidates who meet these requirements for graduation, and who have completed all required New York State seminars and have taken the Content Specialty Test (CST) in Students with Disabilities, will be recommended to the New York State Education Department by the Queens College Office of Teacher Certification for extensions to their licenses in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the appropriate age/grade level.

Candidate Appeal Process
Candidates have the right to appeal all decisions regarding academic performance, personal and/or professional behavior.   

  • A candidate should first attempt to successfully resolve any conflict or dispute with the course professor. The candidate should then put his or her grievance in writing and submit it to his/her advisor.
  • Should these steps not result in a satisfactory resolution, candidates should make a formal written appeal to the ECP Curriculum Committee through the Chair of the Department.
  • Should the appeal need to continue beyond the Department, the candidate should submit a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies and to the Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee.    



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