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Combined BA/MAT Program: Foreign Languages

Current Stony Brook undergraduate students are eligible to enroll in combined Bachelor’s/Master’s in Art in Teaching degree programs, which are administered 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 two degrees 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.

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.

SPD's combined BA/MAT in Foreign Languages program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, and NYSED teacher certification in Adolescent Education (7-12) in five years in the Foreign Language of your concentration (Spanish, Italian, French). While Stony Brook has a Foreign Language program in German, we are currently not accepting applications to that program. This option is available to students who are matriculated in the undergraduate degree programs: French; Italian; Spanish. In addition, students have the option to complete the Grades 5-6 certification extension.

Teacher preparation candidates must also complete various certification workshops, tests, and fingerprinting.  Review our Certification & Licensing page for a full list of certification requirements.


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.

Applications are accepted online through the School of Professional Development's application system.  Students will select the appropriate BA/BS MAT application and submit all the following required materials online:

    • Program Information. Submit the names of your departmental academic advisor and Teacher Preparation Program director (if different ).
    • Personal Statement. Compose a personal statement that reflects your experiences, interests and ambitions and references a pathway from the Conceptual Framework found on the Distributed Teacher and Leader Education website. 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. Conceptual Framework: Full Text Version  |  Abridged Version
    • Recommenders. Enter the names of three recommenders and provide their professional email addresses (e.g.,, not Your recommenders will be sent an email notification of your request with a link for them to upload their letters directly into your application.
    • Transcripts. You do not need to provide transcripts from Stony Brook University, but if you have attended another institution, you will need to include the school's information where asked as well as provide  supporting copies of the undergraduate transcripts.
Application Deadlines

Fall: July 15
Spring: December  1
Summer: April 15

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Enrolling in Graduate Courses

Students who have applied for and been admitted to a Combined Degree Bachelor's/Master's program may enroll in up to fifteen graduate credits while in their undergraduate career. To enroll, they must complete this Permission Form and have it signed by their program director prior to submission to SPD.