Master of Arts in Teaching: English
The Master of Arts in Teaching English (HEGIS 1501) is a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching English in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6. This program, which is offered in collaboration with the University's Department of English and Professional Education Program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.
The degree program consists of 44 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - 15 credits
Course selection will be determined by the student and advisor. Students who have academic deficiencies in English linguistics and/or did not complete an advanced analytical composition course will be required to include courses that specifically address these deficiencies. These courses will be part of the 15 credits selected to satisfy this requirement.
Students may substitute one to six credits from Theatre Arts or Writing and Rhetoric programs to fulfill this requirement.
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES IN EDUCATION - 23 credits
CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
PSY 595 Human Development
CEE 588 Methods of Instruction in Literature and Composition in Secondary School (corequisite CEF 551)
CEE 590 Student Teaching Seminar (corequisites CEQ 591 & CEQ 592; prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552)
CEE 593 Performance and Technology in Teaching Literature and Compositions (prerequisite CEE 588; corequisite CEF 552)
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
CEF 551 Field Experience I — Grades 7-9 (one-credit; corequisite CEE 588)
CEF 552 Field Experience II — Grades 10-12 (one-credit; prerequisite CEF 551; corequisite CEE 593)
LIN 544 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
SUPERVISED STUDENT TEACHING - 6 credits
CEQ 591 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: English (prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552; corequisites CEE 590 & CEQ 592)
CEQ 592 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: English (prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552; corequisites CEE 590 & CEQ 591)
Students will be required to complete a four-week English teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.
Stony Brook University requires that students must have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least 36 credits in the content field for admission to the MAT program. This course of study should be substantially the equivalent to that of a Stony Brook undergraduate degree program.
The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all course work attempted while matriculated in a graduate teacher preparation program.
Teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:
- Child Abuse
- Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
- School Violence (Project Save)
- Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse
See Certification and Licensing Workshops for workshop details and schedules.
All students will have to complete the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test), Educating All Students Test, and the revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/ to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. All students are required to complete and submit the edTPA (Education-Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio) in their content field. Please check with your program director for specific requirements.
Before the start of their last term, students should download and review the Certification Application packet. This packet contains necessary forms and step-by-step instructions on how to file for certification via the TEACH website.
Tuition and Financial Information
Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fee information can be found on the Bursar's website.
Stony Brook recognizes the need for helping students manage the expenses of higher education. To this end, the University offers a Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP), a program that allows students to make equal and consecutive payments throughout the year.
For information on financial aid options, contact the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid at (631) 632-6840, or visit the Financial Aid website.
- An academic major in English (Those without an undergraduate major in English should pursue a "second bachelor's" degree in English.)
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in your overall bachelor's degree program
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in English studies
- One year of college-level study of a foreign language with a grade of “C” or better (this may include American Sign Language)
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably from English professors (one from a secondary teacher is optional)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) verbal score near 600 (former GRE scoring system) or 160 (new GRE scoring system); test scores can be no more than 5 years old
Visit the MAT Application page for instructions and a link to the online application.
Fall: April 21
Spring: October 31
For program advisement questions, please contact:
Dr. Nicole Galante, Acting Director
English Education Program
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
For application procedure questions, please contact:
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
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.