Adolescence Education: English Language Arts (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 professional initial certification for careers in middle and high school education, SUNY College at Old Westbury offers the Master of Arts in Teaching in Adolescence Education: English Language Arts (7-12).

All of the College’s M.A.T. degrees 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 English Department of the School of Arts and Sciences. 



M.A.T. in Adolescence Education: English Language Arts (7-12) – 42 credits

Pedagogy Courses: 24 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
  • ED6083 Methods and Materials of Teaching English 3 credits
  • ED6093 Discipline Specific Literacy, Research, & Technology in English 3 credits
  • ED6901 Student Teaching: English 6 credits


English Language Arts Content Core: 18 credits


  • EL6510 Foundations of U.S. Literature 3 credits
  • EL6520 Foundations of English Literature 3 credits
  • EL6530 Topics in Multicultural Literature 3 credits
  • EL6540 Topics in World Literature 3 credits
  • EL6550 Rhetoric and Composition 3 credits
  • EL7500 Literature in the Classroom 3 credits

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Nicole Sieben

Chair of Adolescence Education
Associate Professor of Secondary English Education
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in English Education
Adolescence Education
School of Education Graduate Programs
School of Education
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