Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12), M.A.T.

Degree Type
Master of Arts in Teaching

Adolescence brings many challenges and adjustments for students in grades 7-12.  Central to the success of these students are teachers armed with the knowledge, skills and commitment to student development that, when combined, foster achievement.

To prepare teacher-candidates for initial certification for careers in middle and high school education, SUNY Old Westbury offers the Master of Arts in Teaching in Adolescence Education: Biology (7-12).

All M.A.T. degrees at Old Westbury share general admissions requirements, a pedagogical core, and a content core by discipline specialization. These 42 credit degrees are designed for candidates seeking both a Master’s degree and initial certification in Adolescence Education. After graduation and the satisfaction of the State requirement for paid, full-time classroom experience, candidates may apply for professional certification in Adolescence Education.

Pedagogical training and content specialization are equally emphasized in this degree program, which is offered jointly by the School of Education and the Biological Sciences Department of the School of Arts and Sciences. 

42 credits
pedagogy requirements (18 credits)
  • ED6000 Historical, Social, and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3 credits
  • ED6001 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
  • ED6002 Foundations of Literacy 3 credits
  • ED6003 The Exceptional Learner 3 credits
  • ED6900 Student Teaching 6 credits
Linked Content/Pedagogy Courses (9 credits)
  • ED6250 Teaching the Nature and Development of Science 3 credits
  • ED6082 Methods and Materials of Teaching Science 3 credits
  • ED6092 Literacy, Research, & Technology in Science 3 credits
Content courses (15 credits)
  • CP6740 Topics in Earth and Space Science 3 credits
  • BS6560 Current Topics in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 3 credits
  • BS6590 Topics in Environmental Science 3 credits

Two courses from the following topics in Biology [offered in rotation] 6 credits

  • BS6630 Developmental Biology
  • BS6661 Immunology
  • BS6671 Limnology
  • BS6750 Biological Pharmacology


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Fernando Espinoza

Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Science Education
Adolescence Education
Chemistry & Physics
School of Education
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