Master of Arts in Teaching Clinically Rich Residency Program

The Clinically Rich Residency pathway uses a blended model of delivery, with online, face-to-face and clinically based instructional modes. After completing the first year of the MAT program (18 credits and 100 hours of field experience), residents begin a year-long placement in a 7-12 classroom with a critic teacher certified in his or her content area. As the school year progresses, residents incrementally assume more responsibility for the classroom, building to an immersion and lead instructional responsibility for the critic teacher’s classes for eight weeks during the spring term.

During the year-long residency, students complete an additional 24 credits of relevant course work that links theory to classroom practice, while receiving intensive mentoring by faculty members and supervisors. The program concludes with the teaching portfolio, the capstone project within the MAT program. In addition to completing the 42 credit MAT program, students must pass the NYS certification exams (ALST, CST, EAS and EdTPA) in order to qualify for Initial certification.

Clinically-Rich Residency Pathway Curriculum

Year One – Introductory Year (18 credit hours)






U.S. Schools in Social Context (EDU-660515)*

Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development (EDU-660511)*



Teaching and Learning (EDU-66-513)*

Exceptionalities: Individualized Learning (EDU-660514)*



Teaching Diverse Learners (EDU-660512)

Content Area Study (EDU-660529)

Year Two –  In-Service Year (24 credit hours)



Teaching and Curriculum (EDU-660521)

Literacy (EDU-660531)

Residency Seminar 1 (EDU-660501)



Educational Evaluation (EDU-660523)

Literacy Across the Curriculum (EDU-660533)

Residency Seminar 2 (EDU-660502)



Residency Portfolio (EDU-660503)

*Each course integrates structured field experiences in NYS schools.

New York State Initial Teaching Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the New York state initial teaching certificate, the candidate must:

  • complete all degree requirements, including one year in a clinically rich residency placement
  • pass the required EdTPA portfolio assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Do students need to apply to the residency if they already are accepted to the original MAT transitional B certification program?

Yes, they need to apply for a slot in this program beyond their acceptance into the MAT program.

Question: Can students apply to more than one region?

Yes, they are able to select their first and second geographic preferences on the application. The MAT program is offered in Western New York (Buffalo/Rochester), Syracuse, the Capital Region, Hudson Valley and New York City.

Question: What does the application process entail?

The selection process for the residency will occur in the spring of the first year of the MAT program. Acceptance will be selective. Requirements include:

  • a minimum 3.25 overall grade point average in the MAT program
  • successful completion of Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development, U.S. Schools in Social Context, Exceptionalities, Teaching and Learning and all course deficiencies
  • successful completion of the ALST, EAS, CST, two workshops and fingerprint clearance
  • response to the application essay
  • a reference from an MAT faculty member
  • completion of 100 classroom-observation hours (50 more than required for transitional B certificate).

Selection Process

  • The final selection of residents will be made by MAT program faculty.
  • Additional approval by the partnering school district will be required for placement.
  • A joint interview with school district and MAT personnel is required.