Combined Degree Programs in the Master of Arts in Teaching

Enrollment in a combined program allows students to work on the Master of Arts in Teaching while completing the bachelor’s degree.  Up to 12 credits of designated master’s courses are incorporated into the bachelor’s degree program and will count toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. 

Program Requirements

The combined program requires 154 credits total, of which 42 are master’s credits leading to the MAT. Students must meet all university, AOS and relevant concentration guidelines as well as the content area requirements.

The program requires careful planning that should begin in the first term of student’s undergraduate career at Empire State University. Advising templates can be found at the following link: Content Areas. The content area requirements must be incorporated into the undergraduate degree program based on the certification area that the student is pursuing. The student and the primary mentor should consult with the Office of Teacher Education and graduate faculty advisor in planning an undergraduate degree program so that these requirements are met in undergraduate study and that the 12 credits of master’s courses from the MAT program are also included in the degree plan. Students must meet the graduate requirements for academic progress and minimum grade point average in their master’s level courses to remain in the combined program. 

Advising Templates

Content Certification Areas

Combined Program Admission

Admission into the combined program is highly selective. A concurred degree plan is not required to apply for the combined program.


  • Minimum 3.2 GPA (recalculation of up to the last 60 credits earned);
  • and transferring up to 92 credits into a bachelor program at the time of application OR possess a bachelors in a different subject area.

To apply complete an Undergraduate application.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete the 30 credits in content area requirements.  Applicants who do not have the courses completed at the time of application may be accepted pending completion of the courses.  A thorough transcript review will be conducted upon admission.

Combined Program Courses

The four graduate courses that will be taken during undergraduate study are:

  • Middle Childhood and Adolescent Development, 3cr
  • US Schools in Social Context, 3cr
  • Teaching and Learning, 3cr
  • Exceptionalities: Individualizing Learning, 3cr