With a 30-year history of success, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offers the tools needed to be successful secondary classroom teachers.

Earning a master's in teaching is the right career choice because graduates consistently have a success rate of over 90% on the rigorous New York State Teacher Certification Exams and a job placement rate of 100 percent for the past five years. Our students graduate with confidence and hands on experience in the classroom built during an individually selected, full-year, mentored teaching residency included as part of the program.

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, business and marketing (pre-K–12), computer science (pre-K–12), 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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Due to delays that might be caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Clarkson’s Education Department will review all applications beyond stated deadlines on a case-by-case basis. It is our goal to continue to welcome new teacher candidates into our learning community and assist P-12 school partners during this era of teacher shortages. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching program allows for fall, spring and summer starting options. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at graduate@clarkson.edu for details.

Master of Arts in Teaching Curriculum

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. Students can complete the program in as little as one year, or spread their studies out. Students who begin in the summer term (third week of June), should complete the degree within 12 months. Students starting in the spring semester (second week of January), should complete the degree within 18 months. Those who start the program in the fall semester (last week of August), should complete the degree in 22 months.

MAT Curriculum

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

Teaching Careers


New York may need to hire 180,000 new teachers by 2027, predicts former 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. 

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Career Preparation

Wondering how to choose a master's in teaching program? Download our guide to "Getting an Edge in the Secondary Education Market" to learn more about selecting a high-quality degree program. 

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“I owe one-third of my teaching skills to Changde Teacher’s College, another third to Clarkson University, and the remaining third to my parents.”

Ping Huang '19

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Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition Rate Guarantee

In an effort to keep our educational costs affordable, we guarantee that tuition rates will remain consistent for students who remain in the same course of study and attend at least every fall and spring semester until they’ve completed their degree.

Grants and Scholarships

Clarkson and the government offer grants and scholarships to help you pay for school. There is even a specific grant for prospective teachers.

Scholarships and Grants


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • Faculty Interview.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).


  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 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.
  • 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).


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

Clarkson University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The following programs have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2026:

Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to continue to do so.

A Note From Our Faculty

The cornerstone of Clarkson's Master of Arts in Teaching is the full-year teaching residency. Schools that hire our graduates consistently cite the unique and in-depth residency experience as the reason Clarkson rises to the top of the profession. The time has never been better to consider a career in teaching as the field is changing rapidly in creative and dynamic ways. And, jobs are plentiful. In fact, 100% of graduates from the Master of Arts in Teaching program have received job offers since 2016!

Catherine Snyder, Chair of Education

Catherine Snyder

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

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