Earth Science Education


Admission to MAT Program

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You are expected to have completed the equivalent of an academic major in a science with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in your overall bachelor’s degree program and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in science studies.

You must also demonstrate, through your application and letters of reference, that you possess the temperament and disposition to be an effective teacher.

Most applicants will have little or no previous course work in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

You should first consult with the MAT departmental advisor to determine if you should proceed with the application process. Earth Science Advisor is:
Dr. Gilbert N. Hanson,

You can apply on-line at

You will need:

bulletThree letters of recommendation, preferably from college faculty who know you well. Please tell them that you are applying for a Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science program so that they can address your academic abilities and your potential effectiveness as a teacher.
bulletOfficial copies of all previous college transcripts.
bulletThe Graduate Record Examination is required.
bulletImmunization Record.

There is no deadline for applying. You will, however, need to have all paper work in well before the beginning of the semester you intend to matriculate.

Language Requirement for Teacher Certification

At least one year of college-level study of a foreign language is required.

Time to Complete Studies

The MAT program in Earth Science can often be completed in three semesters for the full-time student and  of course longer for the part-time student.

Additional Information

bulletthe earth science education advisor Gilbert N. Hanson
(tel. 631-632-8210) provides information about the science requirements; 
bulletScience Education Program 631-632-7075; provides information about the science education courses
bulletthe Assistant Dean, School of Professional Studies, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310. Telephone: 631-632-7055 can provide information about the application procedures and certification.