MAT Transitional B Certification Pathway

The transitional B certification pathway is a part-time option designed for working adults who would like to become certified teachers of record while simultaneously completing their MAT degree.  The blended course delivery (in-person and online) requires that students are computer literate in order to engage in this technology-rich program.

Transitional B certification is a full New York state teaching certification that allows qualified MAT students to seek employment as teachers of record after just one year in the program.  First year requirements include:

  • successful completion of 12 credits of introductory MAT coursework
  • successful completion of 50 hours of field experience in NYS schools
  • successful completion of NYS certification exams (ALST, CST, EAS)
  • successful completion of any general education or content area course deficiencies identified at admission

During the second and third years of the transitional B certification pathway, students may continue their MAT coursework while working as a full- or part-time teacher in a NYS middle or high school. In this setting, students will be mentored by MAT faculty members and networked with other transitional B certification teachers across the state. The program culminates in the teaching portfolio capstone course. In addition to completing the 42-credit MAT program, students must pass the final NYS certification exam (EdTPA) in order to qualify for Initial certification.

MAT Transitional B Certification Pathway Curriculum

Year One – Introductory Year (15 credit hours)

Term

Credits

Course

Fall

6

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

Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development (EDU-660511)*

Spring

6

Teaching and Learning (EDU-66-513)*

Exceptionalities: Individualized Learning (EDU-660514)*

Summer

3

Teaching Diverse Learners (EDU-660512)

Year Two – First In-service Year (15 credit hours)

Fall

6

Teaching and Curriculum (EDU-660521)

Mentored Teaching 1 (EDU-660522)

Spring

6

Educational Evaluation (EDU-660523)

Mentored Teaching 2 (EDU-660524)

Summer

3

Content Area Study (EDU-660529)

Year Three – Second In-service Year (12 credit hours)

Fall

6

Literacy (EDU-660531)

Mentored Teaching 3 (EDU-660532)

Spring

6

Literacy Across the Curriculum (EDU-660533)

Mentored Teaching: Teaching Portfolio (EDU-660534)

* Each course integrates structured field experiences in NYS schools. Successful completion of these courses is required for NYS transitional B teaching certificate.

** Successful completion of MAT program leads to the NYS initial teaching certificate.

*** Meets Empire State College’s MAT project requirement.

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