Three students in the MAT program pose for a picture during the Science Practicum field camp. One is sitting on a large rock. One is holding a rock ha

Eligibility Requirements                               

MAT applicants, at a minimum, must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (30 credits) in Earth Science or a related discipline (e.g., Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, or Space Science) OR a Bachelor’s with a minimum of 24 credits in Earth Science plus 6 additional credits in Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Biology1
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • A signed agreement to seek employment as a teacher in a high-needs public school for at least three years upon graduation
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident2
  • Special consideration will be given to individuals with skills/experiences such as the ability to communicate in a second language, in-depth knowledge of social issues, and having lived abroad

Applicants with a previous graduate degree in education and/or teacher certification will not be considered for the program.

We recommend that any applicants who did not major in geology, Earth science, or meteorology send an unofficial copy of their transcript(s) to  confirm eligibility before beginning an official application. Unofficial transcripts can be sent to us at [email protected].

1 - For more information for New York State requirements please visit the NYSED website.

2 – We can only accept U.S. Citizens or Legal Residents because we are a federally-funded program.