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MAT in English

The Master of Arts in Teaching in English is a 45-48 credit program designed specifically for college graduates holding an appropriate liberal arts degree English who have not had formal background in education and who wish to prepare for a teaching career in adolescence education grades 7-12.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended to the New York State Education Department for Initial/Professional Certification. 

Admission Requirements:

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Teaching programs must meet eight criteria:

  1. A 3.0 or better GPA in all undergraduate course work
  2. A 3.0 or better GPA in an appropriate undergraduate major
  3. All students who apply to an education graduate program will be required to complete the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  4. An undergraduate major comparable in breadth, depth and rigor to the New Paltz undergraduate major in the same field
  5. Undergraduate course work that includes a broad and rigorous general education component
  6. Undergraduate course work that includes 6 credits of a foreign language at a beginning level or 3 credits of a foreign language at an intermediate or advanced level. American Sign Language (ASL) is considered a language other than English.
  7. Undergraduate course work that includes two English composition courses or their equivalent, each with a grade of at least B
  8. Applicants seeking the MAT English degree must also submit an academic writing sample, preferably literary analysis from an English course, though research work from other liberal arts courses, such as history, is acceptable.  The writing sample may be one longer paper (10 pages) or two shorter papers (totaling 10 pages).  The sample need not have instructor comments or a grade.

Each applicant must also provide three satisfactory letters of recommendation and write a satisfactory statement indicating the reasons he/she wants to become a teacher.

All applications are submitted through an online application system. To begin your application, create an account or log in to the system and pay the application fee. All application documents must be uploaded to the system in order for you to have a complete application for review.

Review of applications for the fall semester will begin March 1. 

Review of applications for the spring semester will begin Oct. 1.

Applications received after these dates will be considered; however, enrollment for the spring semester is not guaranteed.