Adolescent Education, Combined Degree Pathways


Admission into the combined programs is highly selective. To be considered for admission into a combined pathway, applicants must complete an undergraduate application and meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.2 GPA (recalculation of up to the last 60 credits earned); and
  • Transferring no more than 92 credits at the time of application

In addition to the above, to be offered official admission1 candidates must have completed 60 or more undergraduate credits including 30 credits in content area requirements with a C or better.

Please see the Undergraduate Admission page for a complete listing of materials required to complete an undergraduate application.


Candidates who have less than 60 undergraduate credits and/or still need to complete any of the content requirements can be accepted conditionally. To become officially admitted, conditional admits must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA and complete all of the content requirements by 108 credits at the latest. Candidates who do not meet the requirements will be dismissed from the combined pathway and allowed to complete the bachelor's portion.


The combined pathway requires 154 credits total, of which 42 are master’s credits leading to the MAT. Students must meet all college, AOS and relevant concentration guidelines, as well as the state specified content and liberal arts and sciences general education requirements (different than and in addition to the SUNY General Education Requirements) within the undergraduate credits as follows: 

  • successful completion of 30 credits in the designated content area (for example: English Language Arts)

With 60 credits in requirements, the program requires careful planning that should begin in the first term of a student’s undergraduate career at Empire State University. Advising templates can be found on the School for Graduate Studies website. The teaching content area and the state’s requirements for general education are incorporated into the undergraduate degree program based on the certification area that the student intends to seek. The student and the primary mentor should consult with the director of teacher education 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 MAT program also are 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.

The four graduate courses that will be taken during undergraduate study are:
EDUC 6010Middle Childhood & Adolescent Development3
EDUC 6005US Schools in Social Context3
EDUC 6015Exceptionalities: Individualizing Learning3
Teaching & Learning (choose one):3
Teaching & Learning: English
Teaching & Learning: LOTE
Teaching & Learning: Math
Teaching & Learning: Science
Teaching & Learning: Social Studies
Total Credits12

The remaining required courses of the graduate degree can be found on the MAT in Adolescent Education pages of this catalog.