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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Empire State College's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an innovative, clinically rich, approved teacher education program consisting of multiple tracks designed to meet the diverse needs and experiences of our students. The fully accredited program is designed for both career changers and recent college graduates seeking initial certification in order to teach in New York state middle and high schools.

Note: The MAT is the only program leading to New York State initial teacher certification at Empire State College.  If you already hold initial certification, please consider the M.Ed. In Teaching and Learning.

Using blended approaches of online, face-to-face and video conferencing, the MAT program is able to serve students across New York - from the western region of Buffalo and Rochester to the metropolitan region of New York City. The MAT offers certification in biology, chemistry, earth science, English language arts, French, Spanish, mathematics, physics and social studies. The general science 5-9 certification extension is also available to science students meeting additional criteria.

All MAT program tracks feature extensive mentoring by program faculty, attention to the Common Core Learning Standards and other contemporary issues in NYS education, a clinical orientation including extensive immersion in NYS middle and high schools and the affordable, flexible approach central to Empire State College's history and mission. Whether you are a current teacher in a small, rural independent school, a teaching assistant in a large, urban district, or a mid-career professional looking to pursue a new career in teaching, the MAT program can help you reach your goal of becoming a certified classroom teacher.

For detailed information on the MAT program pathways, please follow the links below:

Each pathway is 42 credits, leads to initial certification and is designed to be completed in two to three years of part-time study.

More Information 

For more details, explore this website, attend an information session, or submit a request for information.

MAT Courses for Nondegree Students

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 nondegree student. Courses are offered by term.

Contact Information

If you are unsure which graduate education program is most appropriate for your educational goals please contact the School for Graduate Studies at 800-847-3000, ext. 2429, or

Apply for Admission

To apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching, review the admissions requirements and submit an online application.

The fall term application deadline is May 1.