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Education: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Childhood Education & Special Education (1-6)
This program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education who are interested in entering the teaching profession. The program stresses reflective teaching and the proactive role of the teacher in enhancing educational quality. The MAT program offers students the option of earning NYS initial certification in Early Childhood Education, B–2, Childhood Education, Grades 1–6, or a dual certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1–6 and Childhood Special Education, Grades 1–6. The program exposes students incrementally to pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment, with principles of field practice integrated into the coursework at each level. Students are required to take Student Teaching, with two placements as mandated by New York State. With faculty guidance, each student compiles a teaching portfolio that documents the development of reflective practice and self-assessment, and highlights the connections between course and field experiences within the program.

The course requirements for the MAT programs cover foundations, development and learning processes, curriculum and pedagogy, and field applications. Students are required to have a minimum 100 hours of course-related field experiences prior to student teaching.

Requirements for Matriculation

These requirements are in addition to the general requirements for matriculation.​​
1. Submission of MAT form.
2. Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required. Click here for more details.


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 Admissions at a Glance

Fall Deadline April 1
Fall Extended DeadlineN/A
Spring DeadlineFall only 
Spring Extended DeadlineN/A

Letters of Reference2
Essay  500 Words
GRE  Yes

Accepts Non-MatricNo

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