Adolescence Education

MAT Adolescence Education: Social Studies

Social studies teachers play a critical role in our societies, teaching students to think critically about the world around them, and inspiring them to believe in their own power to change it. The MAT is the ideal pathway for those with history or social science backgrounds who are looking to begin rewarding careers as teachers.


No Teaching Experience Necessary

The MAT is designed for future teachers with undergraduate degrees in history or related fields, who are looking to begin careers as educators. The 48-credit program can be completed in less than two years of full-time study, and graduates are recommended for NYS Initial Certification as teachers.

Work with Expert Teachers and Historians

The curriculum focuses on core pedagogical concepts and methods, complemented by upper-division electives taught by Department of History faculty. The program offers small classes led by highly respected scholars who are passionate about preparing new teachers to work with talented and diverse populations of children.

Prepare the Next Generation of Citizens

Teens and young adults are getting involved in the political process like never before, speaking their minds and fighting for causes that affect their lives. We depend on dedicated teachers to guide these dynamic young minds as they embark on lifetimes of service and engagement in our democratic society.

Develop your Teaching in the Real-World

This program includes a full-semester student teaching capstone experience, giving teacher candidates a valuable opportunity to hone their craft with one of our many partner districts. Student teachers are supported by faculty advisors on campus and professional mentors in the field, who strive to ensure that all graduates are ready to lead a classroom on day one.



Laura Dull, Program Coordinator or 845-257-2849



Alana Matuszewski, Recruiter & Advisor or 845-257-3285