The MAT Chemistry Education 7-12 program leading to Initial Teaching Certification in Chemistry grades 7-12 is a 53 credit hour program. Qualified candidates are admitted to the program beginning each May. The program is intended for students with a BA or BS degree in Chemistry or equivalent and wish to earn New York State teacher certification.
Candidates accepted into the MAT Chemistry must apply for Degree Candidacy after completing 12 to 18 credit hours of their program; any course work taken in excess of 18 credits is liable to forfeiture. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required to qualify for degree candidacy status. Submit the completed candidacy application to the Graduate Studies Office. The application and a current transcript are forwarded to the advisor. Students will then receive a letter advising them of their status.
Candidates in the MAT Chemistry complete requirements that include course work in pedagogy, chemistry, a minimum 100 clock hours of field placement, development of a professional portfolio, and two supervised student teaching experiences. Candidates must complete appropriate non-credit NYS certification workshops, SSHS 1020 , Safe Schools, Healthy Students, and DASA 1020 , DASA Training as prerequisites for student teaching placement. (Call Extended Learning at 315-312-2270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.)
All undergraduate and graduate course work must be completed, Degree Candidacy filed, and SSHS 1020 and DASA 1020 requirements met prior to student teaching.
Each candidate is provided with two placements for student teaching by the School of Education Director of Field Placements. Due to the large number of placements that must be coordinated, candidates cannot request placements. Assigned placements must be accepted by candidates or candidates will need to wait for a reassignment in a future semester. Each student teaching placement is seven weeks in length and involves a full time commitment, Monday – Friday, the entire length of the school day. Announcements regarding student teaching will be posted online at www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/education/placement/Student_Teaching.html.
Candidates earn either a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade for each of the two student teaching experiences. If an unsatisfactory grade is earned, the candidate may have another placement. If two unsatisfactory grades are earned, the candidate will not be placed a third time.