Master of Arts in Teaching FAQ

Can I become certified in special education, arts education or elementary education through Empire State College’s MAT program?

No. Empire State College’s MAT program leads to middle school or adolescence certification only in the core subject areas of math, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, English, French, Spanish or social studies.

Can I take graduate courses without enrolling in the MAT program that would count toward teacher certification in New York state?

Yes. If you are a teacher seeking professional development or a motivated adult seeking certification outside a traditional program, consider taking our online and blended courses as a nonmatriculated student.

What if I don’t already have a bachelor’s degree in the subject I want to teach? Can I complete the required content course work while I’m enrolled in the MAT program?

To be admitted to this program, you must have a bachelor's degree and 30 credit hours (12 of which can be in cognates (related courses)) in the subject area. In addition, at least 6 of your pure content credits must be at the advanced level. The social studies content core has specific requirements for its 30 credits. If you don’t already have this background, you will need to complete further course work at Empire State College or elsewhere before you apply to this program.

Can I transfer in graduate credits from another college?

You may be able to transfer in credits from a graduate-level course if the title and content are considered equivalent to the Empire State College MAT course. For more information, please see page 106 of the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog (PDF  1,847kB).

Where can I find out information about available teaching positions?

The New York State Education Department's third annual report on teacher supply in New York state was presented to the Board of Regents. A copy of the full report is available. The report shows where New York state has made progress in providing highly qualified and appropriately certified teachers for all public school students, and where additional progress is needed. Because of the current economic hardship in New York state, please contact your local school district for information about teacher openings in your geographic area.

Empire State College's M.A. in Teaching positions for recent graduates:

Graduating class of 2007
19/19 teaching positions

Graduating class of 2008
22/22 teaching positions

Graduating class of 2009
36/36 teaching positions

Graduating class of 2010
93/93 teaching positions

Graduating class of 2011
46/46 teaching positions

Graduating class of 2012
34/45 teaching positions

Graduating class of 2013
42/50 teaching positions