Master of Arts in Teaching: Science
Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics
The Master of Arts in Teaching Science programs are designed as courses
of study leading to New York State certification for teaching Biology,
Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics in the secondary
schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6. Candidates admitted may also qualify for a General Science Extension for grades 7-12.
This program, offered in collaboration
Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences,
and Physics and the 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.
Graduate Science Courses
15 credits; courses are selected with the approval of a departmental
advisor. Following are SAMPLE programs.
Biology (HEGIS 0401)
Core courses (select 3 of the following):
CEB 546 Current Topics in Biotechnology
CEB 547 Current Topics in Molecular Genetics
CEB 553 Biology of Human Behavior
CEB 554 Current Topics in Immunology
CEB 556 Ecology
Plus two of the following*:
CEB 505 History of the Long Island Environment
CEB 557 Forensic Science
CEB 548 Current Topics in Microbiology
CEB 549 Laboratory Science Curriculum Development
CEN 508/CHE 593 Demonstrations in Chemistry
*With prior approval of the MAT Biology program director, you may choose a content course from one of the masters or PhD programs in Marine Science, Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Ecology & Evolution to satisfy requirements in this area.
Earth Science (HEGIS 1917)
Each student’s content curriculum within the Earth Science MAT will be predicated on background preparation. For further information on possible course offerings please go to: http://www.geo.sunysb.edu/Earth_Science_Education.
Chemistry (HEGIS 1905)
CHE 501 Instrumental Methods in Chemistry
CHE 504 Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
CHE 507 Biomolecular Structure and Reactivity
CHE 511 Structural Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 590 Master's Term Paper
Physics (HEGIS 1902)
PHY 525 Current Research Instrumentation
PHY 585 Special Study: Optics and Waves
PHY 585 Special Study: Introductory Quantum Mechanics
PHY 585 Special Study: Electromagnetic Theory
Plus, one graduate course selected in consert with an academic advisor.
Professional Studies in Education - 23 credits
CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education*
PSY 595 Human Development
SCI 510 Introduction to Science Teaching (co-requisite SCI 549)
SCI 520 Science Teaching Methods (prerequisite SCI 510; co-requisite
SCI 549 Clinical Experience I (co-requisite SCI 510)
SCI 550 Clinical Experience II (prerequisite SCI 549; co-requisite SCI
SCI 554 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites SCI 510, 520, 549, 550, CEE 505, PSY 595, and LIN 544, and all content courses required for completion of the degree; interview with and permission of Science Education Committee 631.632.7059; matriculation in degree [MAT/BIO, CHE, ESS, or PHY] program, successful completion of the LAST Examination. Co-requisites SCI 551 and SCI 552.)
LIN 544 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
*Effective Sept. 1, 2011, this course is required for degree completion and teacher certification.
Supervised Student Teaching - 6 credits
SCI 551 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Science
(prerequisites SCI 510, 520, 549 and 550; co-requisite sSCI 552 &
SCI 552 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Science
(prerequisites SCI 510, 520, 549 and 550; co-requisites SCI 551 &
Students will be required to complete a teaching project approved by
the sponsoring department.
This New York State registered and approved program 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 also complete certification workshops in child abuse, substance abuse, and school violence (Project Save). Also, effective July 1, 2013, all students will have to complete six (6) hour Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop which involves prevention and intervention of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools. In addition, they must be fingerprinted. Stony Brook offers these workshops monthly. See Certification and Licensing Workshops for details.
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.
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. The activation date of some of the new Content Specialty Tests will vary as they become live during the 2013-2014 academic year. 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.
Minimum Requirements to Apply
- An academic major or a minimum of 36 credits in the content field (e.g., Biology, Earth Science, etc.)
- A minimum GPA of 2.75 in your overall bachelor's
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 in science courses
- One year of college-level study of a foreign language with a grade of “C” or better (this may include American Sign Language)
Visit the MAT Application page for instructions and a link to the online application.
The MAT programs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics admit candidates in the Fall and Spring terms only. The application deadlines are March 31 for Fall admission and October 31 for Spring admission.
The MAT program in Earth Science admits candidates in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
For application procedure questions, please contact:
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7050 (option 1)
For questions regarding course content, you should contact an
advisor. The departmental advisors are:
Dr. Zuzana Zachar; Email: Zuzana.Zachar@stonybrook.edu;
Dr. Gilbert Hanson; Email: Gilbert.Hanson@stonybrook.edu;
Dr. Susan Oatis; Email: Susan.Oatis@stonybrook.edu;
Dr. Robert McCarthy; Email: Robert.McCarthy@stonybrook.edu;
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.