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 Residency Capstone course. In addition to completing the 42-credit MAT program, students must pass the NYS certification exams (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*

Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development*



Teaching and Learning*

Exceptionalities: Individualized Learning*



Teaching Diverse Learners

Content Area Study

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




Teaching and Curriculum


Residency Seminar 1



Educational Evaluation

Literacy Across the Curriculum

Residency Seminar 2



Residency Capstone

*Each course integrates structured field experiences in NYS schools.

New York State Initial Teaching Certificate Requirements

To qualify for the New York State Initial teacher certification, 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

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

No, a formal application is not required, but students should notify their advisor and the director of teacher education if they are interested in pursuing a residency placement.

How are students selected for a residency placement?

All MAT students interested in a placement will be interviewed by the administration at their potential host school. Partnering school districts have final approval of all residents to be placed in their schools.

How can teaching assistants complete the residency placement in conjunction with their school-based employment?

MAT students who are employed as teaching assistants (or paraprofessionals) in a middle or high school may complete their residency placement in their employing school. During the fall semester, one class period per day must be devoted solely to the residency placement. During the spring semester, an additional eight-week full immersion in the residency is required. This may necessitate an eight-week leave of absence from the teaching assistant's employment. Placement details will be negotiated between the MAT program administration and the employing school's administration.


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