Location: Capital Region Delivery Method: Onsite

With a 25-year history of success, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers the tools needed to be successful secondary classroom teachers.

The Clarkson MAT program is the right career choice because graduates have an overall 96 percent success rate on the rigorous New York State Teacher Certification Exams and an overall job placement rate of 96 percent (2016). In foreign language and STEM fields, graduates have a placement rate of 100 percent.

The MAT program is a licensure-endorsing program that prepares you for the New York State teachers certification at the secondary level (7 - 12 grade). The program prepares you in the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, technology (K - 12), mathematics, English, social studies, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Additional coursework is available to extend foreign language certification for first-grade teachers, and other disciplines for fifth-grade teachers.

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Isabell Shields
Thanks to the MAT program and the faculty, everything aligned for me —I got an amazing internship at a fantastic high school and I had a teaching job even before the public schools posted their positions.

Isabell Shields '15, Master of Arts in Teaching


MA in Teaching

The MAT program at Clarkson is a 38 credit hour program. This coursework will be focused around teaching and can be tailored to your subject of interest. Full-time students typically complete the program in one calendar year, whereas part-time students take two to three calendar years.

MA in Teaching Curriculum

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Career Outlook

New York may need to hire 180,000 new teachers by 2027, predicts SUNY Chancellor Emeritus Nancy Zimpher. This looming teacher shortage is expected to impact urban and rural school districts, and foreign languages and STEM subjects the most. 


General Admission Requirements

  • The equivalent of an undergraduate major in the discipline the candidate would like to teach
  • Undergraduate liberal arts core, including courses in humanities/arts, writing/communication, social sciences, STEM and one semester of foreign language
  • ED500 Field Experience: Four days of structured observations in secondary schools. Can be arranged by CRC Department of Education Coordinator. Please call 518-631-9870 (must be completed prior to summer intensive; can be completed in fall or spring in the first year if students select the two year program).
  • Educational psychology (an undergraduate course, or independent study with Clarkson’s CRC Department of Education exam. Must be completed prior to summer intensive; can be completed in fall or spring in the first year if students select the two year program).

A complete application file consists of the following items:

  • application form
  • resume and statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation — three letters required
  • official transcripts
  • test scores — GRE* and a score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)

*GRE may be waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

For students applying to the one-year MAT program that begins in the summer, complete applications must be received no later than April 1st. For students applying for the two-year MAT program that begins in the Fall term, applications are due by June 1st.


The MAT program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the New York State Education Department.

Contact Us

Catherine Snyder
Chair of Education
Capital Region Campus
80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact
Graduate Admissions Team

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