Adolescence Science Education, MAT

  • Science Education


BS degree in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, or equivalent; 2.75 GPA overall and in the discipline. Evaluation of transcript by the MAT Coordinator to identify the certification area(s) and any deficiencies that must be addressed through further coursework.

Two letters of recommendation preferable from individuals who have observed you working with adolescents, who can speak to your potential as a successful secondary science teacher. These must be confidential and recent (within last six months).

A personal statement that includes a brief summary of work or volunteer experiences with children or youth. Examples of appropriate experiences include: in-school classroom experience, teaching at a community center, teaching youth groups in other community settings, camp counseling, coaching. Your statement should also include how your experiences will help you be an effective teacher, and what it is about teaching and adolescents that make you want to pursue this career path.

Entrance Interview. All candidates will be screened in an in-person or phone interview with the Program Coordinators.

A completed graduate application 

GRE Scores


Dr. Holly Lawson
Program Coordinator

Department of Science Education Website

This Master of Arts in Teaching program is intended for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, geosciences, or physics (or equivalent) and who wish to earn a certificate to teach in grades 7-12 in NYS public schools. This provides an opportunity to fulfill a regional need for qualified science teachers from nontraditional sources such as content majors or individuals considering a second career. This 15 month program will allow graduates to be eligible for both initial and professional certification in their science discipline and/or 7-12 General Science, and/or 5-6 Extension.

The program is designed for students to take a sequence of courses starting one summer and through to the end of the next summer. Some allowance, upon advisement, may be given for certain courses to be taken out of sequence or on a part time bases.

Program Outline

Pedagogical Core

EDU 502 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
EDU 508 Teaching Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings (3)
EDU 301 Child Abuse and Neglect (1)
EDU 302 Drugs and Alcohol (1)
EDU 303 Fire Safety and Violence Prevention (1)


EDU 528 Technology in the Schools (3)

Plus one course from the following:

EDU 506 Introduction to Literacy Learning (3)
EDU 589 Writing in the Middle and Secondary Schools (3)


EDU 633 Literacy in Content Areas (3)


SCED 560  Foundations of Teaching Science to Adolescent Learners (3)
SCED 561  Foundation of Teaching Science Field Experience(1)
SCED 660  Developing Expertise in Science Teaching(3)
SCED 661  Developing Expertise in Sci Teaching Field Experience(1)

6 Credits BIO, CHEM, GEO, PHY, SCI, SCED electives, upon advisement

Supervised Teaching

SCED 670 Student Teaching: Middle School (6)
SCED 671 Student Teaching: High School (6)

May include additional hours at the graduate or undergraduate level for candidates who want to also qualify for the general science 7-12 extension or multiple certificates.
* includes 50 hours of field experience each in middle and high school

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 44

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 fax