Stony Brook University
School of Professional Development

Master of Arts in Teaching: Social Studies

The Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies, with a concentration in history, is a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching social studies 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 History and the Professional Education Program, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Teacher Certification

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Degree Program
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.

History - 15 credits

CEG 523/HIS 500 Historiography

Plus 12 credits selected from the following courses:
CEG 516 Early Modern Europe Seminar
CEG 517 Modern Latin America
CEG 522 US History since the Civil War
CEG 524 Late Modern Europe Seminar
CEG 532 US History and Civil War Seminar (formerly US History to Civil War)
CEG 534 Modern African/Asian History Seminar (formerly Topics Seminar: Africa or Topics Seminar: Asia)
CEJ 501 Traditional China: Culture & Society
CEJ 502 Modern China: Culture & Society
CEG 538 - United States History since 1945
CEG 555 - Gender in Modern Global History

Professional Studies in Education - 23 credits
CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
PSY 595 Human Development
CEE 577 Teaching Social Studies (corequisite CEF 548)
CEE 578 Social Studies Strategies (prerequisite CEE 577; corequisite CEF 549)
CEE 580 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites CEE 577, CEE 578, CEF 548 & CEF 549; corequisites CEQ 581 & 582)
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education*
CEF 548 Field Experience I — Grades 7-9 (corequisite CEE 577)
CEF 549 Field Experience II — Grades 10-12 (corequisite CEE 578)
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
CEQ 581 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Social Studies (prerequisites CEE 577, CEE 578, CEF 548 & CEF 549; corequisites CEE 580 & CEQ 582)
CEQ 582 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Social Studies (prerequisites CEE 577, CEE 578, CEF 548 & CEF 549; corequisites CEE 580 & CEQ 581 )

Written Project
Students will be required to complete a four-week social studies teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.

Requirements for certification recommendation
Students in the MAT program must also satisfy the following required areas of study. These requirements may be met by either the graduate courses taken towards the MAT degree or by undergraduate coursework taken prior to or after commencement of graduate study. Equivalent undergraduate courses will normally be accepted. In addition, a cluster of undergraduate courses may be accepted as evidence of satisfaction of individual standards. Undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis. However, the student will bear the burden of proof of showing that such coursework does provide a broad introductory knowledge of each of the individual areas of study below.

1. US History to Civil War
2. US History since Civil War
3. Western Civilization or European history survey
4. Latin America – survey of the history or politics of the region or one of the major countries of the region
5. Asia - survey of the history or politics of the region or one of the major countries of the region
6. Africa - survey of the history or politics of the region or one of the major countries of the region
7. Principles of Economics
8. Human Geography
9. The Culture Concept in Theory or History. May be satisfied by courses in cultural anthropology or by courses dealing with cultural differences and cultural conflicts in the contemporary world.
10. American Government and Politics
11. Science, Technology and Society (required of undergraduate BA/MAT students only)

Important Note: The History Department does not offer graduate courses that satisfy requirements in areas 7-11. These requirements will have to be satisfied through undergraduate courses.

In addition, all students must achieve a minimum grade of B in all pedagogy courses.


Teacher Certification

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 abusesubstance 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.



Application Instructions

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • An undergraduate degree in history or one of the social sciences (excluding psychology, linguistics, criminal justice and communications) with an 18-credit history minor.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in your overall bachelor's degree program and in the content field.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE; general test, not subject test) taken within the last five years. Successful applicants generally have verbal scores in the 50-80th percentiles, writing scores in the 40-80th percentiles, and quantitative scores in the in the 20-60th percentiles.
  • One year of college-level study of a foreign language with a grade of “C” or better (this may include American Sign Language).

Apply Online

Visit the MAT Application page for instructions and a link to the online application.

Application Deadlines

Summer/Fall: March 31
Spring: October 31


Contact Information

For program questions, please contact:

Charles Backfish, Interim Director
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348
Tel.: 631-632-1093
Email: charles.backfish@stonybrook.edu

For application procedure questions, please contact:

MAT Admissions
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7050 (option 1)
Fax: 631-632-4992
Email: spd@stonybrook.edu


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.

 

 

 

 

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