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Teaching: English

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching English in secondary schools (grades 7-12) with an extension option for grades 5-6. This program, offered in collaboration with the School of Professional Development, the University’s Department of English and D-TALE, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Graduate Program Coordinator/Advisor

Joshua Cabat
Phone: (631) 632-8970

Degree Awarded

Master of Arts in Teaching in English


Program faculty are drawn from the Department of English, as well as from D-TALE.

Course Descriptions

Descriptions for 500-level education content courses (e.g., CEE, CEF, etc.) offered through the School of Professional Development may be found in this Bulletin. 

Descriptions for 500-level content courses (e.g., CBE, SCI, etc.)  are published in the Graduate Bulletin.

The undergraduate course descriptions for this program are published in the Undergraduate Bulletin.


MAT in English


MAT Program Requirements

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 Courses- 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.

Core courses (select 3 of the following):

  • EGL 502 Studies in Shakespeare
  • EGL 506 Studies in Literary Theory
  • EGL 509 Studies in Language and Linguistics
  • EGL 545 Studies in Victorian Literature
  • CEJ 552 Adolescent Literature (*required)
  • EGL 584 Topics in Genre Studies
  • EGL 585 Topics in Cultural Studies
  • EGL 586 Topics in Gender Studies
  • EGL 587 Topics in Race, Ethnic Studies
  • EGL 599 Independent Studies
  • EGL 592 or WRT 592 Problems in Teaching Writing or Composition (*required)
  • LIN 527 Structure of English
Professional Studies in Education - 23 credits
  • CEE 505 Education — Theory and Practice
  • CEE 565 or PSY 595 Human Development
  • CEE 594 or LIN544 Language Acquisition & Literacy Development
  • CEE 588 Methods of Instruction in Literature & Composition in Secondary
  • CEE 590 Student Teaching Seminar (corequisites EGL 452 & EGL 451; 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)
  • CEE 594 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development

At the program director’s discretion, an undergraduate course from a registered and approved program may be approved as a substitution for any of the courses listed below. In all cases the undergraduate course must have been completed with a B or higher and the student must then take a different graduate pedagogy course to fulfill the graduate credits required for the graduate degree. 

  • CEE 505: Education: Theory and Practice
  • CEF 547: Principles and Practices of Special Education
  • CEE 594 OR LIN 544: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
  • CEE 565 OR PSY 595: Human Development
  • Speak to your graduate program director for more information and approval.
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 & EGL 451)
  • CEQ 592Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7-9: English (prerequisites CEE 588, CEE 593, CEF 551 & CEF 552; corequisites CEE 590 & EGL 452)
Written Project

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


MAT Admissions

BS/BA degree in biology (including two semesters chemistry, two semesters organic chemistry, two semesters physics, at least one semester of calculus, and one semester of statistics); GPA of 3.0 overall.

  • Application essay.
  • A bachelor’s degree with an academic major in English (Those without an undergraduate major in English should pursue a "second bachelor’s" degree in English.) The transcript must reflect a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA as well as a 3.0 minimum GPA in the 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)
  • In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.



Additional Requirements for Certification

In addition to the stated course and program requirements listed in this section, New York State also has workshop, fingerprinting and other requirements for certification, which can be found on the SPD website.

Workshops and Fingerprinting

To be certified in New York State, candidates must take a selection of workshops  and must be fingerprinted. For descriptions and registration links, visit Certification and Licensing Workshops.

Language Requirement

New York State certification requires at least one year (6 credits) of college-level study of a foreign language. Satisfaction of SBU’s SBC LANG fulfills the foreign language requirement.