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Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] M.A.T. (Graduate)

English Department
Matthew Lessig, chair
Karen Stearns, graduate coordinator
Old Main, Room 112
607-753-4307
Fax: 607-753-5978

Overview

Whether you enjoy immersing yourself in fascinating books like Dracula and The Diary of a Young Girl, the Twilight saga and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or you love to share your perspectives online through tweets and mash-ups, you want to spark a love of learning, literature and life in middle school and high school students. Now that you have your bachelor’s degree in hand, you’re ready to seek a certificate in teaching English in secondary schools by studying for the M.A.T. in adolescence education: English (7-12) at SUNY Cortland. 

Program Highlights

As you study for the M.A.T., you’ll choose course topics that range from Arthurian literature and global multicultural literature to teaching methods, language development and composition. Your fieldwork and student teaching experiences will help you obtain the initial certificate that qualifies you to teach in the public schools of New York state. If you have not already met the language requirement for a year of college-level study or the equivalent in a language other than English, you may take language courses during your graduate study. The M.A.T. Portfolio you compile as you progress through the program will be an asset when you apply for teaching positions.

Small Classes, Strong Mentors 

In our small classes and graduate seminars, you’ll develop lifelong learning friendships with professors who are passionate about teaching and research. Serving as your mentors, these outstanding professionals invite you into a vibrant intellectual community of shared knowledge that’s committed to balancing a well-rounded liberal arts education with excellent preparation for the career path of your choice. 

Flexible Completion Options 

As a full-time student taking 12 or more credit hours per semester, you would be able to complete the program in a year and a half. Our flexible scheduling also offers the option of pursuing the M.A.T. in adolescence education: English (7-12) over multiple years and on a part-time basis.

The M.A.T. is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a teaching certificate in adolescence education: English (7-12). It is not open to students who already have initial certification in secondary English. The program provides

  • the pedagogical course work, practica and student teaching experiences necessary for the initial certificate that qualifies individuals to teach in the public schools in New York State;
  • the opportunity for advanced study in English and the language arts; and
  • the master’s degree necessary for the professional certificate in adolescence education: English (7‑12).

A minimum of 46-51 credit hours of approved graduate study as described hereafter is required for the M.A.T. A minimum of nine credit hours must be taken at the 600-level.

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 a liberal arts area Note: candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Two letters of reference from undergraduate professors teaching in English, composition or comparative literature courses (submitted online with the application)

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale
  2. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses, composition or comparative literature courses
  3. A minimum of 33 credit hours of approved undergraduate courses in English,composition or comparative literature
  4. A foreign language is desirable at the time of admission, but the requirement may be met concurrently with graduate study. Competency in a foreign language is defined as the skill level attained by one year of college-level study or the equivalent of a language other than English.

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 availability.

Course of Study

Note: A minimum of nine credit hours in the program must be taken at the 600 level.

A. Pedagogical Core: 37 credit hours

Students are required to take the courses listed below. ENG 504, 505, AED 541, 668 and 669 must be completed before student teaching. Alternatives for the pedagogical core are permitted only when students have earned grades of B or better in the undergraduate equivalents of Cortland's AEN pedagogy sequence — AED 308, 309, 341, 408, 409 and 441.

  • AED 541 - Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 576 - Practicum I: Student Teaching in the Middle School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 577 - Practicum II: Student Teaching in the High School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 578 - Master's Project and Teaching Colloquia (1 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete AED 578 must register for ENG 697 Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.).
  • AED 663 - Seminar in Research in the Teaching of English (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 668 - Language Development in Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 669 - Participant-Observer Experience: Language Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 671 - Issues in Foundations of Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 504 - Seminar in the Composing Process: Rhetoric and Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 505 - Participant-Observer Experience: Composing Process (3 cr. hr.) (50 hours of fieldwork)
  • SPE 520 - Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
B. Content Core: a minimum of 9 credit hours

A minimum of 9 credit hours of elective courses must be selected in consultation with the MAT Coordinator to insure that at either the undergraduate or the graduate level, courses from the following six content areas have been completed:
One course in American literature with emphasis on women authors and authors of color

  • ENG 615 - Studies in American Literature to 1900 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 616 - Studies in American Literature From 1900 to 1950 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 617 - Studies in American Literature Since 1950 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 622 - Seminar in American Women Writers (3 cr. hr.)
One course in literature before 1800
  • ENG 500 - Old English (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 530 - Chaucer (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 538 - Studies in 17th-Century English Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 539 - Milton (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 632 - Middle English Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 636 - Seminar in Shakespeare (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 640 - Studies in English Literature 1660-1800 (3 cr. hr.)
One course in British and/or Irish literature
  • ENG 500 - Old English (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 530 - Chaucer (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 538 - Studies in 17th-Century English Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 539 - Milton (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 547 - 19th Century British Women Writers (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 548 - Studies in British Literature 1950-Present (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 549 - Studies in Irish Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 632 - Middle English Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 636 - Seminar in Shakespeare (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 640 - Studies in English Literature 1660-1800 (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 645 - Studies in the Romantic Era (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 646 - Studies in the Victorian Era (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 677 - Seminar in Contemporary British Literature (3 cr. hr.)
One course in world literature with emphasis on women authors and authors of color
  • ENG 618 - Global Multicultural Literature (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 678 - World Drama (3 cr. hr.)
One course in literature for young adults with emphasis on women authors and authors of color
  • ENG 619 - Seminar in Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
One course in technology
  • ENG 506 - Computers and the Study of English (3 cr. hr.)
Students who have met the content distribution may select additional courses from among the following electives:
  • ENG 529 - Special Topics in English (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 601 - History of the English Language (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 602 - Rhetorical Tradition (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 629 - Special Topics in English (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 699 - Independent Study (1-6 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required: 46
Additional Requirements, mandated by the New York State Education Department

Foreign Language: Successful completion of one year of college-level study of a language other than English or the equivalent.

One of the following health courses:

HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health or
HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues
HLH 510 - Proseminar in Health Foundations (3 cr. hr.)

Both of the following workshops:

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshop
Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshop

Example of the M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: English (7‑ 12) [AEN] over two years
First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 12
  • AED 541 - Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 504 - Seminar in the Composing Process: Rhetoric and Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 505 - Participant-Observer Experience: Composing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • 50 hours of field experience)
  • SPE 520 - Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 12

HLH course
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshop

  • AED 663 - Seminar in Research in the Teaching of English (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 668 - Language Development in Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 669 - Participant-Observer Experience: Language Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • 50 hours of field experience)
  • ENG 619 - Seminar in Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • or ENG elective - see required content distribution list.
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 12

ENG elective - see required content distribution list
HLH course
Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshop

  • EDU 671 - Issues in Foundations of Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 506 - Computers and the Study of English (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 618 - Global Multicultural Literature (3 cr. hr.) or
  • ENG 678 - World Drama (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 13
  • AED 576 - Practicum I: Student Teaching in the Middle School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 577 - Practicum II: Student Teaching in the High School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 578 - Master's Project and Teaching Colloquia (1 cr. hr.)
  • Complete student teaching portfolio

The following required courses are offered only in the fall semester:
  • AED 541 - Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 504 - Seminar in the Composing Process: Rhetoric and Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 505 - Participant-Observer Experience: Composing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 506 - Computers and the Study of English (3 cr. hr.)
The following required courses are offered only in the spring semester:
  • AED 663 - Seminar in Research in the Teaching of English (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 668 - Language Development in Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 669 - Participant-Observer Experience: Language Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 619 - Seminar in Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
Example of the M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: English (7-12) [AEN] over three years
First Year
Spring Total credit hours: 9
ENG elective - see required content distribution list.
  • ENG 619 - Seminar in Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 520 - Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 9
  • AED 541 - Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 504 - Seminar in the Composing Process: Rhetoric and Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 505 - Participant-Observer Experience: Composing Process (3 cr. hr.) (50 hours of fieldwork)
Spring Total credit hours: 9

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR) workshop

  • AED 663 - Seminar in Research in the Teaching of English (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 668 - Language Development in Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 669 - Participant-Observer Experience: Language Development (3 cr. hr.) (50 hours of fieldwork)
Summer Total credit hours: 3

See required content distribution list for the following electives.

ENG elective

Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 4-6

HLH course

  • ENG 506 - Computers and the Study of English (3 cr. hr.) or elective
Spring Total credit hours: 13

Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshop

  • AED 576 - Practicum I: Student Teaching in the Middle School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 577 - Practicum II: Student Teaching in the High School (6 cr. hr.)
  • AED 578 - Master's Project and Teaching Colloquia (1 cr. hr.)
  • Student Teaching Portfolio

Summer Total credit hours: 3
  • EDU 671 - Issues in Foundations of Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • August or December Degree

The following required courses are offered only in the fall semester:
  • AED 541 - Teaching Literature and Critical Literacy (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 504 - Seminar in the Composing Process: Rhetoric and Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 505 - Participant-Observer Experience: Composing Process (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 506 - Computers and the Study of English (3 cr. hr.)
The following required courses are offered only in the spring semester:
  • AED 663 - Seminar in Research in the Teaching of English (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 668 - Language Development in Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 669 - Participant-Observer Experience: Language Development (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENG 619 - Seminar in Literature for Adolescence (3 cr. hr.)