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Chair:
Brice Smith
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Graduate Programs

Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12) [APH] M.A.T. (Graduate)

Physics Department
Brice Smith, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2821
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 physics or a closely related field, you developed and expanded your knowledge of fundamental natural phenomena and the interaction of natural forces that exert themselves all around us. Whether you are intrigued by the implications of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity or the existence of black holes in space, you want to share your interest with others through teaching. Dive deeply into the “fundamental science” of physics — everything from subatomic particles and quantum mechanics to the exploration of outer space — when you study for the M.A.T. in adolescence education: physics (7-12) at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Enhance your content knowledge through graduate courses in physics as you immerse yourself in learning about successful classroom teaching. In your introduction to adolescence education and advanced developmental psychology, you’ll explore the nature of the adolescent learner. 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 by the Physics Department, you’ll complete a culminating master’s project.

Career Potential

When you earn the M.A.T. in adolescence education: physics (7-12), you will have fulfilled the New York State Education Department’s requirements for initial certification in physics 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 physics 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 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 physics
  3. At least eight credit hours of course work in chemistry
  4. Course work in both introductory biology and introductory geology totaling at least 12 credit hours
  5. Calculus I, II, III and differential equations

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: Physics (7-12) [APH] M.A.T.

Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12) [APH] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Physics Department
Brice Smith, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2821
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 physics 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: physics (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you choose to enroll in full-time graduate study or attend part time while you’re in your first years of teaching, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of physics and other sciences while continuing to improve your teaching skills.

Program Highlights

Through advanced study in physics, you’ll expand on your subject-matter expertise. You’ll also engage in graduate-level course work in biology, chemistry and/or geology. 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 will 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. You will earn a middle level extension of your physics 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for physics.     

Culminating Experience

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

Career Potential

 With Option I, you'll qualify for SUNY Cortland's institutional recommendation for New York state's professional certificate for physics 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 physics.

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 physics 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 physics 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 physics 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: Physics (7-12) [APH] M.S.Ed.

Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics (7-12) [APM] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Physics Department
Brice Smith, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2821
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 physics and mathematics 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: physics and mathematics (7-12) will help you fulfill those requirements. Whether you choose to enroll in full-time graduate study or attend part-time while you’re in your first years of teaching, the degree will give you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of physics and mathematics while continuing to improve your teaching skills.

Program Highlights

You’ll enhance your subject knowledge through graduate courses in physics and mathematics. Beyond course work in content, you’ll have two options to improve your pedagogical skills.

Option I   

Includes study in the use of technology as a teaching tool in the secondary mathematics classroom.

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’ll earn a middle-level extension of your 7-12 certificate to include grades 5 and 6 for physics and mathematics.

Culminating Experience

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

Assistantship Opportunity

To become more involved in the field while you study for your degree, review the description of the semester-long Mathematics Department graduate assistantship and additional information about graduate assistantships at SUNY Cortland.

Career Potential

With the M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: physics and mathematics (7-12), you can expand your capacity to teach middle school or high school physics and mathematics. You’ll also earn SUNY Cortland’s institutional recommendation for New York State’s professional certification in both physics and mathematics. 

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 physics and a major in mathematics 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 both physics and mathematics 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 physics and mathematics 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: Physics and Mathematics (7-12) [APM] M.S.Ed.

Sustainable Energy Systems [SES] M.S. (Graduate)

Brice Smith, chair
Moataz Emam, graduate coordinator
Physics Department
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973
cortland.edu/physics

Overview

Discover ways to maximize energy efficiency and how to develop renewable resources to meet today’s energy needs and those of future generations by combining sound scientific principles with effective business practices as you study for the M.S. in sustainable energy systems at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Through advanced study in the physics of sustainable energy systems, you’ll explore engineering mechanics, energy and sustainability, fundamentals of thermodynamics and the thermodynamics of building design and technology. You’ll also investigate the physics of renewable energy technology, as well as power electronics and circuit elements and devices. Key business topics include accounting, marketing, management and professional writing.

Culminating Experience

In a six-credit-hour culminating experience, you’ll successfully complete a professional internship with a renewable energy company, engineering firm, building performance company or a company that designs and installs high-efficiency heating, cooling or lighting systems.

Career Potential

With the M.S. in sustainable energy systems from SUNY Cortland, you’ll be well prepared to pursue careers in engineering, manufacturing, construction and building performance, architecture and design, energy security or renewable energy, as well as nanotechnology, biomass gasification, solar thermal power, biorefinery technologies, geothermal energy, ocean energy and other third-generation energy technologies.

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.
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor’s degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. A one- to two-page statement of educational and professional goals relating to the M.S. program.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from former professors or professional colleagues who can speak to the candidate’s preparation for the M.S. program, submitted online with the application.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants are generally required to have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. However, circumstances including, but not limited to, endeavors following completion of a bachelor's degree and performance in the last two years of a bachelor's degree program will be considered in reviewing applications from students with lower grade point averages. Students who feel they are qualified in spite of an undergraduate grade point average below a 2.5 are encouraged to contact the department before applying for admission.

Applicants are expected to have a sufficient background in physics and calculus prior to applying. Exceptional applicants who do not meet all of the admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis. If admitted, these students may be required to complete additional requirements for the degree beyond those stated above. These additional requirements will be determined by the graduate coordinator of the degree program and may include specific courses, limited in number, based on the student's prior academic background in physics and mathematics.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 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 Sustainable Energy Systems [SES] M.S.