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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (

National Accreditation Advantage

Sage’s School of Education first received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2001. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed an Education program that meets the highest standards in the field. Sage graduates should note the NCATE accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

Sage is one of only 45 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs. The NCATE accreditation process helped articulate what qualities a Sage educator, counselor, or leader possesses: belief in full inclusion, valuing diversity, reflection, and knowledge about best practices. NCATE accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified. NCATE accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards. Graduates of NCATE accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE is recognized throughout the nation 

Conceptual Framework

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare highly effective educators, school counselors, and school leaders who believe in full inclusion, who value diversity, who are reflective, and who are knowledgeable about best practices. Therefore, we ask Sage educators, counselors, and leaders to consider two essential questions throughout their studies and field experiences: Who am I in the lives of those with whom I work? Who am I in the life of my educational community?  We expect all Sage candidates to demonstrate leadership and create optimal educational outcomes for all learners.

The motto of Russell Sage College, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” informs the educational purpose of The Sage Colleges, where the common effort is to translate learning into action and application, within a framework that recognizes the obligation of educated persons to lead and serve their communities.  In the School of Education, this motto is extended to form the basis for our programs.  We expect Sage candidates:

  I.  To be well-grounded in knowledge about schools/communities, learners and learning, the Sage candidates will:

  • Understand self in relation to learners, their families, and the local and global community -  particularly in terms of power, privilege and knowledge with regard to culture, class, language, ability and gender;
  • Use interpersonal skills and demonstrate collaborative attitudes which result in successful partnerships with colleagues, families, and other community members;
  • Improve society by modeling and using democratic practices in their settings;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to substantive self reflection, consideration of quantifiable and qualitative data, on-going learning and professional development. 

II. To know curricular content and models of instruction, including technology and its application,  the Sage candidates will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to respond to the strengths and needs of all learners, using assessment data to inform instructional decisions;
  • Use knowledge in their designated fields to inspire learners to grow and to meet high standards;
  • Employ/promote pedagogical/counseling/leadership practices that engage learners in active ways;
  • Demonstrate knowledge in their content areas ensuring maximum achievement for all learners.

III. To do what is necessary to ensure the success of all learners–and to collaborate with families/community members in respectful, culturally responsive ways, the Sage candidate will:

  • Engage in reflective practices;
  • Demonstrate a positive, respectful view of learners, their families, communities, and colleagues; listen deeply to the experiences and perspectives of all those within the community to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment;
  • Model ethical behavior and active citizenship; promote the success of all learners through advocacy, action, and the development of leadership throughout the community;
  • Build trust and garner support for a vision of inclusive schools that value diversity. 

© School of Education, The Sage Colleges, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006a, 2006b, 2006c, 2009

M.A.T. Programs

The M.A.T. program leads to certification in grades K - 12 in Art education or in adolescence (grades 7- 12) education in English, Mathematics or Social Studies. In each of these five areas, candidates complete 12 credits of coursework in their discipline at the graduate level, 12 credits of pedagogy and 6 credits of internship or student teaching. Candidates may elect to complete the program in one full-time year or may complete the program part-time in two years or longer.

All matriculated students complete a signed program of study. Any change in stated coursework must receive written approval of the assigned faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet Sage Graduate School general admission requirements. In addition, applicants must have a 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate major, which must correspond to the certificate area.

  • One of the required letters of reference must be from a professor in the student’s chosen field of study.
  • Applicants must complete an assessment of writing skills.
  • Applicants to the art education program must complete a portfolio review.

Student transcripts are evaluated relative to the appropriate NYS Content Learning Standards. If a student lacks depth or breadth in a particular area, s/he will be required to complete additional graduate or undergraduate coursework to address the deficiency. It is important to note that the 12 credits of content study included in each M.A.T. are specifically designed to strengthen graduate students’ content knowledge relative to the Learning Standards. Prerequisite courses may be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level, or through CLEP.

Program Summary


Total Prerequisites: 9-12 Credits

Non Credit Requirements

  •  School Violence Prevention Workshop : 0 Credits
  • Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment : 0 Credits
  • NCR 315 HIV/AIDS : 0 Credits
  • NCR 317 Health Education Standards workshop : 0 Credits

Internship or Student Teaching

Candidates completing the program in one year will complete an academic year internship at two levels (half a year in each): grades 7 - 9 and grades 10 - 12, or in Art, in grades K - 6 and 7 - 12. Candidates completing the program on a part-time basis have the option of completing an internship or student teaching. Student teaching consists of two placements in one 14-week semester: grades 7 - 9 and grades 10 - 12, or in Art, grades K - 6 and 7 - 12. Requests for student teaching placements are due on the first day of the semester preceding the semester in which student teaching is requested. Requests for internship in the MAT program must be submitted no later than April 15th. [edited 09/22/2008]

Art Content Core (grades K - 12)

Total Credits: 30

Additional Information

  • Applicants for New York State certification must be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal history review, per New York State Law.
  • Candidates for NYS teaching certificates must pass the New York State Teacher Certification examinations, including the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written, (ATS-W), at the appropriate level, and the Content Specialty Test(s) (CST) in each certificate area.
  • The 100 hours of required fieldwork must be completed prior to student teaching. Individuals in the one year internship program must have these completed by February.
  • All internships extend until the end of June therefore all interns in the one year program will graduate in August.
  • Student teachers graduate in the semester they complete student teaching and all other requirements.
  • The School of Education requires all students to subscribe to LiveText, an Electronci portfolio system.
  • United States citizenship or Declaration of Intent to become a U.S. citizen is a requirement for certification in New York State.

LiveText e-Portfolio System

The School of Education requires all students to subscribe to Live Text, an electronic portfolio system.


School of Education Attendance Policy

While individual instructors may approach attendance and participation in varied ways in their grading policies, students in the School of Education should be aware that missing 1/4 or more of class sessions MAY result in AUTOMATIC class failure. Class content and participation are vital to meeting the objectives of School of Education courses.


Application and Admission

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching are expected to have an undergraduate degree in the area for which they are seeking certification – Art, English, Mathematics or Social Studies. Those who do not have a major in the discipline, have completed a degree in a related area or have completed a minor rather than a major in the discipline may apply to the program and additional coursework will be identified to assist the candidate in developing the equivalent of a major in the certificate area. The requirements for admission include a 3.0 in the major, two satisfactory letters of reference, one from a professor in the discipline, a career goals statement, interview and a written critical analysis.

The written critical analysis is an on-demand writing sample which candidates complete in the School of Education Office, where they are given two hours to read a short essay and prepare a written response. Prospective students who live more than an hour from Sage may be admitted contingent on completion of the written critical analysis within 30 days of beginning the first course at Sage.

Applicants to the M.A.T. in Art Education program must complete a portfolio review. Students should submit 12-20 pieces which demonstrate competence with a variety of mediums and show evidence of advanced work. Portfolios can be shared during a scheduled appointment or submitted on cd to the School of Education, attention Kelly Jones.

Click here for the application for admission to Sage Graduate School. The application may also be requested by mail by calling SGS Admission at 1 888 VerySage or 518 244-6878. When applications are complete, including submission of the Written Critical Analysis, the file is forwarded to the School of Education for a recommendation regarding acceptance. When the file is complete, a decision is generally made within a week.

A provisional admission may be offered to students who meet most of the admission requirements but who may need to complete additional undergraduate requirements or pre-requisite courses. Candidates who do not meet the admission requirements but who show promise, may be invited to complete coursework that will allow them to build a record of achievement that will support admission to the program. For further information regarding these decisions and options, prospective candidates should contact the M.A.T. program advisor.


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree leads to certification in Art Education (grades K – 12),  Adolescence Education (grades 7 – 12) in English, Mathematics or Social Studies. In addition to the degree program, candidates for certification must also complete three NYS Teacher Certification Examinations, click here.

For additional information: the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) in the certificate title area. These tests may be scheduled at any time during the program, but should be completed by the time of graduation so that the candidate will be eligible for certification at graduation.

When candidates apply for graduation (October 1 for December graduation, February 1 for May graduation and June 1 for August graduation), their files are reviewed to determine eligibility for degree completion. Also at that time, candidates will begin to complete their applications for certification, including the required criminal background review through the Department of Criminal Justice Services which involves submitting fingerprints, for which packets may be obtained in the School of Education Office, Education Building 103, Troy Campus. Click here for information about the requirements and application for certification.

Upon satisfactory completion of the criminal background check, submission of the three required NYS Teacher Certification Examinations, submission of the application for certification with payment and including the Sage transcript showing the conferral of the M.A.T. degree, the candidate is eligible for NYS initial teacher certification in the designated program area.

One-year, Two-year and Individual Sequences

Candidates may complete the program in one full-time year, two years of part-time study, or part-time study that spans more than two years. The one year program is selected by students who can devote one full year of intensive effort, often those who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees and move directly into graduate study. The part-time option is more often selected by career changers and those who have competing responsibilities, such as work and family duties.