Overview of Programs

Stony Brook offers teacher education programs at both the undergraduate and/or graduate levels in the following fields:

These programs are designed to lead to secondary school (7-12) certification (except for TESOL students who are certified P-12).

Accelerated BA-MA, BS-MAT, or BA-MAT degrees with an option for teacher certification are also available to qualified students in all of the disciplines.

All Graduate and Five-Year Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Level Programs include Grade 5-6 Extension Options (except for TESOL, which is a PreK-12 Program) with the addition of CEE 601 and CEE 602.

Applying to the Program

Undergraduates: In all programs, undergraduates must major in the subject in which certification is being sought. Undergraduates must apply for admission to the teacher education program even if they have already been admitted to the University. Undergraduates should apply no later than spring of their sophomore year (or the fifth semester before their anticipated date of graduation) to ensure that they progress smoothly through the program. Students interested in gaining admission to one of the teacher education programs must complete an application, including a well-written 500-750 word essay based on concepts identified in the Themes & Pathways articulated in the PEP conceptual framework. Additional instructions regarding admissions essay content can be found in the PEP Application Form. Applications should be submitted to the director of the program to which admission is being sought, and applicants must meet with the program director to discuss their application and to review program requirements.

Upon acceptance to the Teacher Preparation Program, the undergraduate student candidate is required to do the following:

  1. Process a "Change of Major" Form adding Teacher Preparation to his/her academic program plan.
  2. This form must be signed by the following three individuals prior to being submitted to the Office of the Registrar for official processing: (1) Major Program Advisor, (2) Teacher Preparation Program Director, and (3) Director of University Teacher Certification.
  3. Upon obtaining these (3) signatures, it is the "student's responsibility" to deliver the department approved form to the Registrar's Office for official processing to the academic record.
  4. It is the student's responsibility to double check his/her Degree Audit & Unofficial Academic Transcript via their SOLAR Account or in-person at the Registrar's Office. This is to ensure that his/her program has been updated to include the declared TP option. If the update to the record is not reflected, the student must communicate with the Registrar's Office to ensure that the record is updated and noted on the student's official record before the degree is completed and awarded.
  5. If the student fails to deliver and ensure the processing of their TP Declaration as part of their degree program with the Registrar's Office, the process is not complete nor official. The declaration is not considered official until it is processed to the student's academic record in the Registrar's Office.
  6. VERY IMPORTANT POINT: If the student is awarded his/her degree without the TP declaration officially noted on his/her academic transcript, the awarded degree CANNOT and WILL NOT be amended to include the TP option.

Graduates: Individuals holding an undergraduate degree must apply to the School of Professional Development for admission to the appropriate Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Applications should be submitted early in the semester before anticipated commencement of study. Students interested in the graduate program in TESOL should apply to the Department of Linguistics through the Graduate School. Applicants to the MAT programs must have an undergraduate major in the field or a course of study equivalent to such a major, and must have taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE; general test, not subject test), within the last 5 years.

At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, students must be admitted to the program before they will be permitted to register for the core pedagogy courses. Many programs have additional application requirements that are detailed below.


The English Education Program is offered to undergraduate and graduate students who wish to be certified to teach English in the middle school, junior high and senior high school. Undergraduates must major in English, and applicants to the MAT program must have an undergraduate major in English or an equivalent course of study. Communications, journalism and theater majors are not acceptable for admission to the graduate program. A five-year accelerated BA-MA degree in English with an option for English teacher certification is also available to qualified students.

Teacher Preparation is designed to prepare secondary English teachers to be skilled, innovative and challenging. The in-depth preparation in teaching writing and literature includes an emphasis on process-centered writing approaches; theory-centered literature methods; collaborative classroom activities; and knowledgeable multi-cultural teaching approaches. Methods classes are designed to acquaint teacher candidates with best practices in the teaching of English, with a special focus on rhetorical, performance, and technological approaches. Candidates complete field experience in middle and high schools, reflecting on the experiences in journals and directed writings. Candidates are required to create an exemplary portfolio that documents their experiences in the university English Education classes and secondary public school observations.

Students seeking admission to the English Education Program should contact the undergraduate or graduate advisor and the Director of English Education for information concerning prerequisites, application procedures, and course selection. Those interested in the accelerated BA-MA program should contact the Director of English Teacher Education or the Director of Graduate Studies in English. Additional information about this program is also available on the English Teacher Education Program page of the PEP website.

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Foreign Languages

New York State Certification can be obtained at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Eligibility requirements for the teacher preparation program include acceptance into both a major and the teacher education program. Prospective candidates must first review their transcripts and plan of study with their major advisor to ensure minimum qualifications for acceptance into the major. Once they have obtained the major advisor's approval signature on the teacher education declaration form (available from departmental offices and the Registrar), they must contact the Foreign Language Teacher Education Program advisor to obtain information on applying to the program and to discuss the course of study. Prior to student teaching, students must participate in an official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and receive a minimum spoken proficiency rating of Advanced-Low as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines-Speaking (1999). Students must contact Language Testing International (LTI) and arrange for either a face-to-face OPI or a phone interview. The mailing address for LTI is as follows: LTI: Language Testing International, 3 Barker Avenue, Suite 300, White Plains, NY 10601.

Office and testing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST. Additional contact information is as follows: email: info@languagetesting.com; fax: 914-963-7113. To arrange for testing, please email: admin@languagetesting.com. Special testing is available by special arrangement.

The mission of the program is to provide high-quality pre-service education and radically improve foreign language teaching for New York's racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse learners. It offers a rigorous, student-centered teacher certification program that is designed to prepare creative, reflective educators who are dedicated to the success of all learners. The content, format and process of the program are based on a vision of teachers of foreign languages as thoughtful and informed practitioners; an educational philosophy based upon experiential learning that recognizes and values the different ways people participate in and contribute to classroom learning communities; and the development of competency areas that lie at the heart of competent and effective language teaching: language and culture, learners and learning, teachers and teaching, self and other, educational institutions, communities and professional life.

A program is also available to students who wish to complete their Bachelor's degree and Master of Arts in Teaching degree within five years. Details about the five-year accelerated BA/MAT in French, Italian, or Spanish can be obtained by consulting the foreign language teacher education advisor. These programs require students to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall. Additional information about these programs is available on the Foreign Languages Teacher Education Program page of the PEP website.

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Students in the Mathematics Education Undergraduate Program are required to major in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. In order to enter the program, a student must pass, with a grade of at least C, and with an overall B average, first year calculus (MAT 125-6-7, or MAT 131-2, or MAT 141-2, or AMS 151,161, or equivalent), Linear Algebra (MAT 211 or AMS 210) and Language Logic Proof (MAT 200). Students then take a rigorous mathematics program, including Mathematical Analysis, Applied and Abstract Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, the History of Mathematics and at least one course in Computer and/or Calculator based Problem Solving. We strongly believe that a firm basis in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics is crucial to the successful teaching and understanding of mathematics.

Students with the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in mathematics or applied mathematics may apply to the MAT in Mathematics Program. This program includes 12 credits in Masters level mathematics, including a course in Foundations and History of Mathematics. The other mathematics courses are chosen by the student, in concert with the advisor, in accordance with the individual student's needs.

In addition, students study the foundations of high school mathematics in MAE 301 (501 for graduate students), spend an intensive year studying Methods of Mathematics Education in MAE 311 and 302 (510 and 520 for graduate students), and devote 102 clinical hours to observations, micro-teaching, and working with inclusion students, in both middle and high schools. Some of the observations occur in MAE 311 and 510; the other clinical work occurs in MAE 312 (540), Micro-Teaching. Students are also required to write a research paper in mathematics education in MAE 447 (530 for graduate students). These courses, along with PSY 327, SSE 350 and LIN 344, prepare our students for a term of student teaching and place them in an excellent position for getting a job and for passing the required tests.

Students should also contact the Mathematics Teacher Education Program Director for information about the five-year accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics Program.

Additional information about these programs is available on the Mathematics Teacher Education Program page of the PEP website.

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The Science Education Program is committed to excellence in science teaching and learning. Successful completion of the Science Teacher Preparation Program requires candidates to demonstrate understanding of their content specialty, general science principles, human development and pedagogical principles, research techniques appropriate to questions posed, and instructional strategies rooted in contemporary educational theory.

All undergraduate science education candidates must major in the scientific discipline that they intend to teach. Students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics and who seek to embed secondary science teacher certification into their undergraduate degree should contact the Science Education Program to obtain information on program requirements. Students should then contact the appropriate departmental advisor for a transcript review and plan of study for the major. The next step is to apply for the Teacher Preparation (TP) program in addition to the major. In conjunction with the TP application, students will have the opportunity to meet with a representative of the Science Education Program to discuss program requirements and course selection. An application to the Science Education Program, with associated documentation and essay, is to be submitted prior to starting the methods classes (SCI 410/449).

Students with an undergraduate major in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, one of the Geosciences, or Physics who wish to apply to the MAT program should contact the Science Education Program for more information on program requirements. Applications for the MAT programs can be downloaded from http://www.sunysb.edu/spd. Prospective MAT candidates should contact the appropriate departmental advisor for a transcript review and plan of study and then contact the Science Education Program for advising before enrolling in the methods courses.

A program is also available to students who wish to complete their Bachelor's degree and Master of Arts in Teaching degree within five years. Details about the five-year accelerated BS/MAT in Chemistry, Physics and Biology, and the five-year accelerated BA/MAT in Earth Science can be obtained by consulting the program advisor in the major or the Science Education Program office. These programs require students to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science classes.

Additional information about these programs is available on the Science Teacher Education Program page of the PEP website.

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Social Studies

Students wishing to enroll in the Social Studies Teacher Education Program must major in one of the following subjects: History, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology. The program has a large number of diverse requirements in fields ranging from history to economics to political science. Undergraduates should consult with a program advisor as early as possible to ensure the timely completion of the major, teacher education, and DEC requirements and to help design a strong, coherent course of study.

Applicants to the MAT program must have an undergraduate major in one of the above majors or a small number of other, closely related fields. Individuals who have been accepted to the MAT program should meet with the History MAT coordinator and a Social Studies Education Program advisor as soon as possible after receiving an offer of admission. Most program requirements can be satisfied through courses taken at either the undergraduate or the graduate level, and it is often advantageous for new admittees to satisfy some program requirements before officially matriculating into the program.

Students should also contact the Social Studies Teacher Education Program Director about our five year accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs. For more information about all available programs in Social Studies Teacher Education, please visit the Social Studies Teacher Education Program page of the PEP website or go to: http://history.sunysb.edu/socialstudies/.

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TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The TESOL Program prepares undergraduate and graduate students to become Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL/TESOL) and to teach English Language Learners in the elementary and secondary schools. At Stony Brook University, students who are seeking initial teacher certification in TESOL must major in Linguistics and complete all requirements of the Linguistics major as described in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins.

To be admitted to the TESOL Teacher Education Program, undergraduate students need to declare their Linguistics major by the end of the sophomore year. Students should meet minimum qualifications to be accepted into both the major and the teacher education program. Prospective teachers must meet with both the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Linguistics and the Director of TESOL Education to obtain the required signatures and discuss course selection. Students applying to the MA/TESOL program should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the TESOL Education Program.

An accelerated course of study is also available to students who wish to complete the BA/MA in Linguistics/TESOL within five years. This program leads to New York State certification in ESOL N-12. Students must apply in the spring of the sophomore year, and are required to have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and in the major. Details are available from the undergraduate advisor in Linguistics and from the Director of the TESOL Education Program.

The thorough foundation in Linguistics that characterizes our program serves our teacher candidates well in their development as professionals. Students who graduated from our program have gone on to use their skills in a wide variety of fields. Many are teaching ESL in public schools, colleges, universities and in numerous educational settings abroad.

Additional information about these programs is available on the TESOL Teacher Education Program page of the PEP website.

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