Teacher Education Programs
The Professional Education Program at Stony Brook offers a variety of Undergraduate, Graduate and 5-Year Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Certification Programs. We have adopted a unique approach to teacher education. To ensure that all of our graduates acquire a thorough knowledge of the disciplines in which they teach, our programs are homed in academic departments.
Teacher Certification Programs are available in the following disciplines. We encourage you to visit our program pages linked below, and to contact the program director for the discipline of your interest, for more specific information about program availability, admissions requirements, and application procedures.
Secondary Education (grades 7-12):
- English Education
- Foreign Language Education (French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese)
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics)
- Social Studies Education
Teacher Certification Routes:
Undergraduate Programs: Undergraduates complete a major in the field and a course of study in pedagogy that meets New York State requirements for teacher certification.
Graduate Programs: College graduates can pursue certification through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs or through the Graduate School. Click on these links to inquire about the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs, offered through the School of Professional Development in collaboration with the Professional Education Program, or on this link for the University's Graduate School.
5-Year Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Programs: These programs allow qualified students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in less time than it would normally take to complete each degree separately. Program highlights include, but are not limited to, admission to programs in the junior year, seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate status, earlier participation in advanced graduate work, an option to graduate with a bachelor's degree if students choose or are unable to complete the 5-year program, and reciprocity with 39 states.
Additional information about our teacher certification programs can be found in the University's Bulletins ( Undergraduate / Graduate ) and from the Professional Education Program's Pathways to Certification and Guide to Teacher Education.
Advanced Graduate Certificate Programs in Educational Leadership:
Stony Brook also offers the following advanced credential programs to currently certified and qualified teachers seeking certification in school leadership.Additional information can be found in the Education Leadership Programs Pathways to Certification and Guides and Material Booklets.
Educational Leadership (EDL) Traditional
- Educational Leadership (EDL) On-Line http://www.stonybrook.edu/spd/edleadership/edlzp.html
School District Business Leadership (SDBL)
Application Forms for the Graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Programs, as well as the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership Programs can be accessed from the School of Professional Development's website.For program specific applications and instructions,
Application Forms for 5-Year Accelerated BA/MAT or BS/MAT Programs in Chemistry, Earth Science, French, Italian, Physics, Social Studies, and Spanish, are also downloadable from the School of Professional Development's website by clicking on the following link: http://www.sunysb.edu/spd/graduate/ba_mat.html.
The following Graduate level and 5-Year Accelerated BA/MA Programs must be applied for through the University's Graduate School: MA TESOL, BA/MA English, BA/MA Social Studies/History, and BA/MA TESOL. For a Graduate School application, please visit:
We also encourage you to learn more about our New York City affiliate, the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center (SUTEC), to visit the websites of our other Program Partners and Affiliates, as well as links to information about Professional Education Program's Science and Mathematics Outreach Programs.