The pre-teaching minor is designed to prepare interested students with the skills they need for a successful career in teaching. It aligns with Clarkson's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), a one-year master's degree that leads to New York certification in most high school disciplines. 

If you are pursuing a major in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, political science, computer science or engineering and aspire to teach these subjects to others, you should consider the pre-teaching minor and MAT. 

The Clarkson MAT program, like all master’s level teacher education programs in New York, requires specific pre-requisites and high standards from applicants. Receiving the right guidance as an undergraduate will ensure you meet those standards and pre-requisites, increasing your chances of success.

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If you complete the pre-teaching minor with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, you can  receive additional scholarship support in the MAT program.

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Students who complete the pre-teaching minor and MAT receive job offers from public schools across New York, as well as across the US and world. Graduates accept positions in public as well as independent schools.
 

Professors from the pre-teaching minor at Clarkson helped me recognize my full potential as a math instructor. The classes provided insights into the teaching profession with professional learning communities, planning processes and teaching experience. The minor was a useful stepping stone to Clarkson’s MAT program.

Warren Robinson '18, mathematics, current MAT student

200,000 new teachers needed over the next 10 years
The demand for teachers in New York state is at an all-time high
Clarkson's MAT graduates have a 100% job placement rate

Curriculum

The pre-teaching minor is 16 credits and includes courses that are offered in the master's degree, allowing you to take graduate level courses in your junior and senior year to decide if a career in teaching is a good fit. You will also complete four days of field work in a public school, giving you a taste of the full-year mentored residency students must complete for the MAT program. 

Course Requirements

Students pursuing a pre-teaching minor will complete the following course of study:

  • Foreign language elective (3 credits)
  • PY246 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • COMM217 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • STEM330/STEM530 Analyzing Science and Mathematical Theories from Philosophical and Historical Perspectives (for STEM majors)(3 credits)+
    OR
    HST388/HST588 East Asia Studies (for History majors)(3 credits)+
    OR
    MA453/MA553 Introduction to Mathematical Teaching (for Math majors)(3 credits)
  • ED360/ED560 Modern Teacher (3 Credits)+
  • ED300 Educational Field Experience (1 credits)*
    *Independent Study: Students observe 25 hours in secondary classrooms and complete a paper

Prerequisites for the Master of Arts in Teaching

Students interested in applying for the Clarkson MAT program (offered at the Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, New York) need to meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 24 credits in a major field (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, history). Students who complete a more comprehensive plan of study with 30 or more credits are considered more competitive applicants.
  • PY246 Education Psychology. This course is offered by the Department of Psychology every spring.
  • A semester of foreign language study. This requirement may be filled by taking a language class at Clarkson, on a consortium campus or at any other accredited college. The requirement may also be filled by transferring in AP language credit from a high school course (score of 3 or higher).
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Four days of observation in a middle and high school. Clarkson's Department of Education, along with your pre-teaching advisor can help you make arrangements for these observations.

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