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Teaching, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, NY,
Though predominantly an undergraduate institution, we offer an exciting and highly individualized master of arts in teaching degree (MAT) on a small scale. The program is open to both Colgate graduates, and graduates from other institutions.


We've founded the program on the premise that as a prospective teacher you will need a socially critical liberal education, thorough knowledge of your chosen discipline, knowledge of educational theory and practice, and a complex understanding of social institutions. You will also need habits of mind that include life-loving spirit, a willingness to move beyond personal comfort, and a desire to be challenged in all aspects of learning.

  • MAT Program Overview
Our MAT program challenges you with advanced coursework in a selected discipline and in educational studies, working toward secondary school teaching certification. We offer certification in the following subject areas:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Natural science (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics).
As an MAT student at Colgate, you will work closely with departments to integrate increased knowledge in your discipline with field experience in education. You will accumulate 100 hours of classroom observations before student teaching. For one full term of your program, you will student teach in a local or regional classroom, supervised by an Educational Studies faculty member — typically your adviser.

Programme Structure

To earn an MAT degree from Colgate, you will complete:
  • Three or more courses in your chosen discipline
  • Between four and eight courses in educational studies (depending on previous experience and coursework)
    • Two of your educational studies courses should be at the 500 level
  • A special project or thesis and workshops on child abuse and violence prevention
  • Fingerprinting, as required by New York State.
If you are already certified at the secondary level, you may substitute two other education courses. Courses that you take as an MAT student for degree credit in your specialization discipline will be assigned 500-level numbers consecutively, beginning with 591. For each undergraduate course taken toward the MAT degree, a student must submit a Graduate Credit Agreement form prior to registration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A strong academic background in at least one area of certification, usually the equivalent of an undergraduate major concentration
  • Two semesters of a foreign language or the equivalent (these courses may be transferred from another institution and must be approved by the Educational Studies Department)
    • Alternatively, you may enroll in language courses as part of a longer-than-average MAT degree program
  • Completion of the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Unless geographic distance prohibits, an interview is usually required
  • A background in the social, cultural, and developmental foundations of education is also desirable (some students will acquire this background in the program)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55530 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    55530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55530 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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