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Combined Bachelor's-Master's Programs for Teacher Certification

Current Stony Brook undergraduate students are eligible to enroll in combined Bachelor's/Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs

Stony Brook offers a number of combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs through collaborations between the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional Development (SPD), and the Graduate School. These programs allow current Stony Brook undergraduate students with special talent and motivation to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in less time and at less expense than if they enrolled in two separate programs. Applicants to the combined programs are not required to submit an application fee or GRE scores.

SPD's combined BA or BS/MAT five-year programs lead to both degrees and certification in Adolescent Education in Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. The BA or BS/MAT option is available to students who are matriculated in the following undergraduate degree programs: Applied Math/Statistics, Africana Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, French, History, Italian, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.

Students may enter into one of SPD-sponsored programs as early as the beginning of their junior year. While some graduate study will take place prior to the last undergraduate semester, graduate status will commence with the eighth semester, and graduation with both degrees will usually occur after ten semesters of study. The total combined degree program will include 150 credits of study and save the student a minimum of one semester’s time and graduate tuition.

Teacher preparation candidates must also complete certification workshops in child abuse, substance abuse, school violence, and harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. In addition, they must be fingerprinted. Stony Brook offers these workshops monthly. See Certification and Licensing Workshops for details.

Application Information

To be eligible to apply to this program, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; a higher GPA in one’s major is preferred.

To complete the application process, students will need to do the following:

  • Print out and complete the application packet (PDF file).  The application packet consists of a one-page application form and three recommendation forms which must be distributed to three recommenders (preferably faculty within your own major).
  • Obtain signatures on the application form from your Departmental Academic Advisor, Teacher Preparation Program Director, and Director of Teacher Certification (located in SBS, N–223).
  • Complete a personal statement in light of your experiences, interests and ambitions.  In order to do so, select one theme and one pathway from the Conceptual Framework located on the Professional Education Program (PEP) website and explain in a well-written, 500 - 750 word essay how these two concepts will guide your development as an effective educator in your chosen field.

    The full text of the PEP Conceptual Framework may be found at:

    An abridged version of the PEP Conceptual Framework may be found at:

Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for Fall admission
  • October 31 for Spring admission

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s Non-matriculating (non-degree) Graduate Students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.

Important Forms for Bachelor's-Master's Students

Other SBU BA/MA Programs

For BA/MA programs in English, History, and Linguistics/TESOL, visit the Graduate School at

Related Links

Professional Education Program

New York State Teacher Certification Examination Results


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