Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Empire State University'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 SUNY Empire.  If you already hold Initial certification, please consider the M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction or the M.A. in Educational Technology and Learning Design.

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, Spanish, mathematics, physics, social studies and agricultural education. 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 SUNY Empire'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 and Professional certification and is designed to be completed in two to three years of part-time study.

Important Information Regarding Prior Criminal History

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY Empire admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the university shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a standing campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs (e.g. teacher certification programs) and/or to meet licensure/certification requirements for certain professions (e.g. K-12 teaching). Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.