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.

The Clarkson MAT program 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 3 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, 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

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.

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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. 

“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. Learn about our scholarships and grants.

 

Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • 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
  • GRE or Miller Analogies Test (offered at CRC)*
  • Score of 80 for TOEFL/6.5 for IELTS (if applicable)
  • Interview - in-person or virtual. Students should call 518-631-9870 to schedule.

*GRE and/or Millers Academy Test 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.

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Deadlines

For students applying to the 18 month program that begins in the spring, complete applications must be received by November 1st. For students applying to the one-year MAT program that begins in the summer, complete applications must be received by April 1st. For students applying for the two-year MAT program that begins in the Fall term, applications are due by June 1st.

Early and on-time applicants will receive preferential review for scholarship opportunities.

Late applicants will be considered based on availability.

Accreditation

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:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • MAT ESOL
  • CAS TESOL

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.

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Contact Us

Catherine Snyder
Chair of Education
csnyder@clarkson.edu
518-631-9870
Capital Region Campus
80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
graduate@clarkson.edu
518-631-9831

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