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Graduate Programs

The Geology Department offers a graduate curriculum in Adolescence Earth Science Education (AES), leading to receipt of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. This program is mainly aimed at students already having the Bachelor's Degree in a Science, but who wish to obtain New York State Certification in Earth Science Education, while obtaining the Master's Degree. Curriculum requirements for the program leading to the award of the Master of Science Degree in Education (MSED) is for students having certification in another area and wishing to obtain the required Master's Degree in Education.

Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) [AES] M.A.T. (Graduate)

Geology Department
David Barclay, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2815
Fax: 607-753-4973

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

Overview

As an undergraduate majoring in geology or a closely related field, you developed and expanded your knowledge of the way Earth’s systems work. Your study of the lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere merged to increase your appreciation of the world around you and fuel your interest in teaching. The M.A.T. in adolescence education: Earth science (7-12) will broaden and deepen your knowledge of the geosciences and help you develop the skills you need to teach Earth science in middle and high school.

Program Highlights

Enhance your knowledge of geology as you 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. Through courses in literacy development, language acquisition and science teaching methodology, you’ll develop teaching strategies that work best with students whose ability, motivation and interests differ widely. In your 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. 

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. 

Environmental Facilities

The Brauer Education Center, SUNY Cortland’s field station near Albany, offers you exceptional opportunities for environmental fieldwork, collaboration with faculty on research projects and weekend outings.

Career Potential

When you earn the M.A.T. in adolescence education: Earth science (7-12), you will have fulfilled the New York State Education Department’s requirements for initial certification in Earth science 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 geology 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 2.5 or 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 geology/earth science, including a course in meteorology
  3. At least eight credit hours of course work in chemistry
  4. Three credit hours of astronomy
  5. At least eight credit hours of introductory biology plus four credit hours of introductory physics or eight credit hours of introductory physics and four credit hours of introductory biology

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: Earth Science (7-12) [AES] M.A.T.

Adolescence Education: Earth Science (7-12) [AES] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Geology Department
David Barclay, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2815
Fax: 607-753-4973 

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

Overview

With your initial certification to teach Earth science 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: Earth science (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you enroll in full-time graduate study or attend part time during your first years of teaching, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the geosciences and other sciences while continuing to improve your teaching skills. 

Program Highlights

You’ll enhance your content knowledge with graduate courses in geology, as well as advanced study in biology, chemistry and/or physics. You have two options for furthering your understanding 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 will study the nature of the middle school adolescent learner and the teaching strategies that work best at that developmental level. This option allows you to earn a middle-level extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for Earth science. 

Culminating Experience

Beyond fulfilling any specific degree requirements determined by the Geology Department, you’ll complete a culminating master’s project.

Career Potential

With the M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: Earth science (7-12) from SUNY Cortland, you will earn the institution’s recommendation for New York state’s professional certification in Earth science for grades 7-12 or for the middle-level extension of the certificate to include grades 5 and 6.

 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 geology 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 earth science 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
  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: Earth Science (7-12) [AES] M.S.Ed.