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Master of Arts in Teaching Graduate Program

Colgate offers 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 at an 80% tuition reduction.

Teacher Preparation Graduates, 2017

Congratulations Jared Goldsmith (MAT) and Jessie Nuthmann!

Jared secured a full-time secondary math position at Discovery School in the Bronx. Jessie will be teaching full-time in Brooklyn at Utrecht High School in the ELA department. 
Jessie Nuthmann
Jared Goldsmith

MAT Program Vision

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.


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. This form is available from the registrar's office.

All persons admitted to graduate studies at Colgate must present health and immunization records to the director of the student health services before beginning coursework.


Colgate student working on a craft with a childLiberal arts graduates of recognized colleges and universities are eligible to apply for admission to the MAT program. Admission requirements include:
  • 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)
Applications should be completed before February 15, but will be considered after this date if openings are available. Applications are available from this website or by contacting the Director of Teacher Preparation. 

Completed applications should be sent to:

Meg Gardner
Director of Teacher Preparation
Colgate University
015 Persson Hall
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398

Financial Assistance

Colgate University contributes 80 percent of the tuition for MAT students as part of its commitment to support quality public education. Students are strongly encouraged to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to qualify for additional financial assistance. 

Teacher Spotlight

Jennifer McDowall MAT'14

Jennifer McDowall with her high school ELA students
Jennifer McDowall is a teacher in a rural school district in upstate New York. As a graduate of Colgate University, she is fiercely committed to improving the American public education system. Jennifer was not always an educator. She says that, “I was looking for a career change that would help me to grow personally, that would help me to become a more loving and empathic person, and that would allow me to contribute something worthwhile and lasting to the community, perhaps even to society.” 

Jennifer describes her teaching goals below: 

"To broaden horizons and to make school walls more permeable; to use the practice of making meaning (as learned in a study of text and language) as a way to recreate selves and society."

Graduate student conduct policy
Except as specified to the contrary or as context may require otherwise, Colgate University graduate students are subject to all University policies and procedures pertaining to student conduct, including without limitation those listed below, as well as the substantive and procedural provisions of the System of University Standards and Student Conduct.
  • Academic honor code
  • Code of student rights and responsibilities
  • Policy on public order
  • Policy on hazing
  • Policy on alcohol and drugs
  • Policy on equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, and other forms of harassment
  • Policy on Unrecognized Organizations
  • Policy on Medical Leave of Absence
  • Policy for student presence on campus while separated from Colgate
  • Policy governing the scheduling of parties
  • Policy on campus solicitation and concessions
  • Policy on use of Colgate Vehicles
  • Policy on smoking
  • Policy on advertising
  • Computing policy
  • Guest policy
  • Fire safety regulations
Information on these and other applicable policies and procedures can be found in the Colgate University Student Handbook.