MAT SpEd Application Information

Application Deadline

We admit students for the fall term only.

Admission Requirements

  • A candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts of  all institutions attended, should be mailed to: Admissions Office, SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 - Or electronic submission from college/university to Empire State College graduates do not need to request a transcript. One will automatically be placed in their application folder.
  • All graduate-level initial teacher certification programs in New York state require submission of entrance exams as part of the admissions application process. SUNY Empire State College will accept either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Applicants with an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MSW, PhD, EdD, JD) from a regionally accredited college or university may request a waiver from the graduate admissions exam along with an official transcript documenting their degree. Waiver requests should be sent to the School for Graduate Studies (

An ideal candidate will:


If you would like to apply to the MAT SpEd program, you can apply online at Once the academic review of the application is completed, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. If you have questions about the application process, please contact the School for Graduate Studies at 800-847-3000, ext. 2429, or

Courses Available to Nonmatriculated 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 nonmatriculated student.


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SUNY Empire’s admissions and financial aid staff is ready to work with you to make earning your degree possible and affordable.


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