M.A. On Campus


Colgate University

24 months
61594 USD/year
61594 USD/year
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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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

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)

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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