Admission Requirements: Adolescent Education (Initial Certification), M.A.T.

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This degree prepares candidates without a formal academic background in education for initial certification for New York State professional certification in adolescence education for grades 7-12 (English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Social Studies).

Admission Requirements

  • B.S. degree from an accredited college or university with a major or its equivalent (a minimum of 30 credits in a concentration) in one of the following areas: English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Social Studies.
  • Completed required general education core in the liberal arts and sciences, including but not limited to: artistic expression; communication; information retrieval; concepts in history and social sciences; humanities; a language other than English; scientific and mathematical processes; and written analysis and expression.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If you have a GPA under 3.0, you may be admitted under certain circumstances. Contact 516.686.7777 for more information.

  • Students who have a GPA between 2.85 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional admission by the program chair. If students are admitted conditionally, they must achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first six graduate credits to continue in the M.A.T. program.

  • In accordance with New York State’s regulation and accreditation agency’s requirements, applicants should submit official report of a national standardized exam with a competitive score. Please contact the admissions office or department for details.

  • Satisfactory command of spoken and written English. Applicants who are judged to have inadequate English language skills may be required to take undergraduate coursework to strengthen language skills before continuing in the Master of Art in Teaching Program.

  • Candidates meeting the above requirements will participate in an interview with the program chair prior to a final admission decision.

Application Process

Apply online today. Applying is easy with our online application. The completed online application form requires general contact information as well as information about undergraduate coursework and GPA. It is possible for you to begin an online application, save the initial information entered, and return at a later time to complete and submit the full materials.

  • Online application
  • Personal statement: Why do you want to become a secondary teacher?
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your initial teaching certification
  • Immunization form
  • $50 application fee
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A competitive score on the GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test), which could be submitted after being conditionally admitted to the program, or an SAT score within last 5 years.
  • An interview with the program chair. The interview may be held electronically.

Special Note
New York education law now permits nonresident aliens to qualify for an initial license. Individuals with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status may qualify for a permanent or professional New York State Teaching Certificate.

Read more at NYSED

Transfer Credit
Transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities is accepted up to a maximum of six graduate semester hours. The courses to be transferred must be relevant to the program of study being pursued and have been received within five years of the date of the transfer request. Grades earned for the course must be 3.0 or higher, and the credit must not have been applied toward another degree. The official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admissions with a written request and a copy of the course description taken from that college’s catalog. This form can be obtained in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education or in the Office of Admissions.

Matriculation
All candidates must have been accepted into and matriculated in a master’s degree or certificate program within the first nine credits of study. Non-matriculated candidates may take no more than nine credits. Interim assessment of all candidates takes place at 12 credits. NYIT reserves the right to withdraw matriculation status from any candidates who do not maintain a GPA of 3.0 and satisfy all other School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education requirements at the point of interim assessment.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates for the Master of Science in Adolescence Education: Specialist in Mathematics or Science must satisfactorily complete at least 36 semester hours of graduate work. At least 30 hours of this study must be completed at NYIT in the prescribed program of study. All candidates in the master’s degree programs are required to complete a terminal project, which will generally take the form of an empirical study.

Deadlines

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis, as long as space is available.

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Transfer Credit

Transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities is accepted up to a maximum of six graduate semester hours. The courses to be transferred must be relevant to the program of study being pursued and have been received within five years of the date of the transfer request. The grades earned for the course must have been 3.0 or higher and the credit must not have been applied toward another degree. The official transcript must be submitted to the NYIT Office of Admissions with a written request and a copy of the course description taken from that college's catalog. This form can be obtained in the School of Education or in the Office of Admissions.

Matriculation

All candidates must have been accepted into and matriculated in a master's degree or certificate program within the first nine credits of study. Non-matriculated candidates may take no more than nine credits. Interim assessment of all candidates takes place at 12 credits. NYIT reserves the right to withdraw matriculation status from any candidates who do not maintain a GPA of 3.0 and satisfy all other School of Education requirements at the point of interim assessment.

Contact

  • If you have any questions about admissions or eligibility, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at nyitgrad@nyit.edu or 516.686.7777.
  • If you have questions about the program, contact Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu at hhsu02@nyit.edu or call 516.686.1322.