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Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12) [ABI] M.A.T. (Graduate)

Biological Sciences Department
Peter Ducey, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 241
607-753-2715
Fax: 607-753-5455

Adolescence Education: Science
Rena Janke, co-coordinator
607-753-2907 
Angela Pagano, co-coordinator
607-753-2309

Overview

As an undergraduate majoring in biology or a closely related field, you developed and expanded your knowledge of life on Earth and the interactions of living organisms with each other and with their environment. Whether you were interested in concepts related to cellular biology and genetics or in concepts related to organismal biology and ecology, your studies and experiences fueled a desire to share this science through teaching. The M.A.T. in adolescence education: biology (7-12) will broaden and deepen your knowledge and help you develop the skills you need to teach biology in middle and high schools.

Program Highlights

As you advance your study of biology, you will immerse yourself in learning about successful classroom teaching. You’ll explore the nature of the adolescent learner in your introduction to adolescence education and advanced developmental psychology classes. Courses in literacy development, language acquisition and science teaching methodology, help you develop teaching strategies that work best with students whose ability, motivation and interests differ widely. Through field experiences and student teaching, you’ll work in public school science classrooms with veteran teachers who support your integration of educational theory with the best teaching practices.

Outdoor Education Facilities

Take advantage of SUNY Cortland’s exceptional outdoor environmental resources, including Hoxie Gorge — a 170-acre nature preserve located just seven miles from campus — and our Outdoor Education Center residential facility at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks.

Culminating Experience

In addition to fulfilling specific requirements for the degree and for New York state teaching certification, you’ll complete a culminating master’s project.

Career Potential

When you earn the M.A.T. in adolescence education: biology (7-12), you will have fulfilled the New York State Education Department’s requirements for initial certification in biology for grades 7-12.

 Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office indicating a major in biology or functionally related area.
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or professional colleagues who can speak to the candidate's preparation and competence for teaching science in grades 7-12 (submitted online with the application)

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and above on a 4.0 scale in all courses, in the major, and in related areas of science and mathematics
  2. At least 30 credit hours of course work in biology
  3. At least 12 credit hours of course work in chemistry
  4. At least eight credit hours of introductory physics
  5. At least four credit hours of physical geology

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check on availability.

Program Details for Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12) [ABI] M.A.T.

Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12) [ABI] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Biological Sciences Department
Peter Ducey, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 241
607-753-2715
Fax: 607-753-5455

Adolescence Education: Science
Rena Janke, co-coordinator
607-753-2907
Angela Pagano, co-coordinator
607-753-2309

Overview

With your initial certification to teach biology in hand, you now have the challenge of meeting the New York State Education Department’s requirements for professional certification. SUNY Cortland’s M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: biology (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you choose to enroll in full-time or part-time graduate study, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the biological sciences and related fields while continuing to improve your teaching skills.

Program Highlights

You’ll enhance your knowledge in the sciences with graduate course work in biology, as well as with advanced study in chemistry, geology, and/or physics. You have two options for furthering your knowledge of adolescent learners and how to create and maintain a positive teaching-learning environment for science.

Option I 

You will extend your teaching skills through exploration of emerging teaching methodologies and resources. You’ll examine the social, historical, philosophical or psychological foundations of education.

Option II 

You’ll study the nature of the middle school adolescent learner and the teaching strategies that work best at that developmental level. With this option, you can earn a middle level extension of your grade 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for biology.

Culminating Experience

In addition to fulfilling any specific degree requirements determined by the Biological Sciences Department, you’ll complete a culminating master’s project. 

Outdoor Education Facilities

Take advantage of SUNY Cortland’s exceptional outdoor environmental resources, including our Outdoor Education Center residential facility at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks and Hoxie Gorge, a 170-acre nature preserve located just seven miles from campus.

Career Potential

With Option I, you’ll qualify for SUNY Cortland’s institutional recommendation for New York state’s professional certificate for biology 7-12. With Option II, you’ll qualify for an institutional recommendation of an extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for biology. 

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office indicating a major in biology or functionally related area. Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor’s degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Evidence of pending or awarded initial/provisional certification or a certificate of qualification for provisional certification issued by the New York State Education Department to teach biology in grades 7-12.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or professional colleagues who can speak to the candidate’s preparation and competence for teaching biology in grades 7-12 (submitted online with the application)

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and above on a 4.0 scale in all courses, in the major, and in related areas of science and mathematics.
  2. At least 30 credit hours of course work in the area of certification

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check on availability. 

Program Details for Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12) [ABI] M.S.Ed.