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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 with the University's 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.

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.

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. Review further information on possible course offerings on our Earth Science Education page. 

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 concert with an academic advisor.


CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEE 565 Human Development (formerly PSY 595)
CEE 594 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (formerly LIN 544)
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
SCI 510 Introduction to Science Teaching (co-requisite SCI 549)
SCI 520 Science Teaching Methods (prerequisite SCI 510; co-requisite SCI 550)
SCI 549 Clinical Experience I (one-credit; co-requisite SCI 510)
SCI 550 Clinical Experience II (one-credit; prerequisite SCI 549; co-requisite SCI 520)
SCI 554 Student Teaching Seminar (prerequisites SCI 510, 520, 549, 550, CEE 505, CEE 565, and CEE 594, 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.)


SCI 551 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10-12: Science (prerequisites SCI 510, 520, 549 and 550; co-requisites SCI 552 & SCI 554)
SCI 552 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: Science (prerequisites SCI 510, 520, 549 and 550; co-requisites SCI 551 & SCI 554)


Students will be required to complete a teaching project approved by the sponsoring department.


Teacher Certification

 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 details and schedules.

All students will have to complete the   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  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.


Tuition and Financial Information


Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fee information can be found on the  Bursar's website.

Payment Plan
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.

Financial Aid
For information on financial aid options, contact the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid at (631) 632-6840, or visit the Financial Aid website.



This program is offered through the School of Professional Development (SPD). Visit SPD for admissions information and an application link. 

Start Your Application 


Contact Information


Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education
Dr. Keith Sheppard
Phone: (631) 632-2989 

Academic Advisement
Dr. Zuzana Zachar
Phone: (631) 632-8970

Dr. Deanne Rogers
Phone: (631) 632-8210

Dr. Susan Oatis
Phone: (631) 632-1571

Dr. Robert McCarthy
Phone: (631) 632-8086

For application procedure questions, please contact:
MAT Admissions
School of Professional Development
2321 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
Phone: (631) 632-7050
Fax: ( 631) 982-7311