Adolescence Education


If you’re interested in a great career teaching science at the middle or high school level, the BA/MAT pathway might be a perfect fit. Earn two powerful credentials – a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology, and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Adolescent Education – in just five years!


How Does it Work?

Enroll in the Five-Year program during your first year at New Paltz (transfer students may qualify depending on credits earned). Focus on foundational science courses while taking embedded classes in education, then apply for early graduate admission during your junior year. Start graduate-level education courses as an undergraduate, complete your Bachelor of Arts after four years, then continue on to just a single year in the MAT program, which includes all student teaching requirements.

Save Time and Money

The Five Year BA/MAT curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that you can earn a graduate-level education on an accelerated timescale, helping reduce total tuition expenses and enabling you to begin your career as quickly as possible.

Rewarding Careers in High Demand
School districts throughout New York State are preparing for teacher shortages as a generation of educators approach retirement, and the sciences are among the greatest areas of need. In the 21st century, children need strong STEM education in order to succeed as professionals and as citizens. Talented, passionate science teachers have an incredible opportunity to make a difference for students that lasts a lifetime.

A Flexible Pathway that Doesn’t Lock You In
We understand that plans can change, and people can too. If you fall in love with science and research, and decide to pursue employment or advanced degrees in your discipline, it’s easy to switch over to the Geology plan of study, earn your bachelor’s degree on time, and move forward to the future that you choose.


For program information, contact Program Coordinator Rosemary Millham at or (845) 257-3118.

For undergraduate admission information, contact the Admissions team at or 845-257-3200.

For graduate admission information, contact Alana Matuszewski at or (845) 257-3285.


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5-Year Curriculum Plan