We have developed this program in response to popular demand from students and parents who have called for a pathway to fulfilling jobs in education and science, and to school districts who report an increasing number of full-time job openings in STEM disciplines. Graduation from the Five-Year Master Plan empowers students with options to choose the career they find most fulfilling, whether that means becoming a science teacher, working as a biologist, or pursuing a Ph.D.

How does it work?

ENROLL in the Five-Year Master Plan and begin taking foundational science courses as a first-year student.

MAINTAIN a 3.0 GPA as you take embedded education courses and pursue your Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Biology.

QUALIFY for early admission to the graduate program during your junior year.

EARN your BA degree in four years, while taking education courses to prepare for your accelerated graduate program.

COMPLETE the MAT program, including all student teaching requirements in just one year.

Apply to a SUNY New Paltz graduate programAdmission Requirements

To participate in the BA/MAT program in Biology, interested undergraduates should:

  1. Submit a Declaration of Major/Change of Major form indicating the BA/MAT program in Biology (major 508C) to the office of Records and Registration (Wooster Hall, rm. 115).
  2. Meet with Professor Latanya Brandon to begin selecting courses. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam in the spring of your sophomore year to fulfill admission requirements for the graduate program.

Early Admission to Graduate Program

During their junior year, students finalize their early admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program: 

  • Apply using the link above.
  • Create an account (if new to applying) or log in and follow the steps.
  • Select the fall term when you would like to begin your graduate coursework.
    NOTE: This program only admits for the fall term.
  • Select BA Biology/MAT Adolescence Ed: Biology Program (major 101C) as the intended curriculum.

Upload Checklist Items

To expedite a faculty review of an application, students may upload the following items:

  • Admission Essay
  • Student copies of transcripts* from every college/university attended
  • Student copies of GRE scores*
  • Contact information for three references who can attest to the applicant’s ability for graduate study.

* Full admission REQUIRES the submission of official transcripts and test scores. 

Check Your Application Status

Sample undergraduate and graduate plans of study below:

BA in Biology (major 508C)

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
BIO201 General Biology I 3
BIO211 Gen Bio 1 Lab 1
MAT181 Precalculus 4
ENG170 Writing and Rhetoric 4
Languages 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIO202 General Biology II 3
BIO211 Gen Bio 1 Lab 1
GE: The Arts 3
GE: Humanities 3
Languages 2 3
 Credits13
Year 2
Fall
BIO320 Genetics 3
BIO321 Genetics Lab 1
CHE201 General Chemistry I 3
CHE211 General Chemistry I Lab 1
Upper Division Biology Elective 4
EDS372 Developing Adolescence 3
 Credits15
Spring
BIO322 Evolution 3
CHE202 General Chemistry II 3
CHE212 General Chemistry II Lab 1
EDS340 Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
GE: World Civilizations 3
GE: Western Civilizations 3
 Credits16
Year 3
Fall
EDS383 Introduction to Literacy for Diverse Learners 3
Environmental Biology Course 4
Architecture of Life Course 3-4
Cognate 1 4
Elective 3
 Credits17-18
Spring
SPE385 Differentiating Instruction in the Secondary School 3
Upper Division Biology Elective 3
Evol & Divr of Life Course 3-4
Cognate 2 4
Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Year 4
Fall
SED354 Foundations of Secondary Education Seminar 1
Upper Division Biology Elective 4
GR - Biology Elective 3
Work with Advisor to select one of the courses below: 3
UG Elective  
GR Course from Year 5 (Optional)  
UG Elective 3
 Credits14
Spring
SED353 Field Work #1 1
SED453 Curriculum and Assessment in the Secondary School 3
Upper Division Biology Elective 4
SED541 Constructing Scientific Conceptual Knowledge 1 3
SED542 Meaningful Problem Solving in Science 1 3
 Credits14
 Total Credits120-122

MAT in Adolescence Ed: Biology (major 101C)

Summer (3 Credits)
Select ONE of the following if offered: discipline-specific education course or an approved course in discipline3
Fall (11 Credits)
SED543Science in the Secondary School 3
SED552Field Experience II 1
Integrating ELLs in School & Classroom3
SED/SPE/EDS Elective3
SED525Digital Literacies and Learning in Secondary Education1
Spring (14 Credits)
SED604Practicum in Secondary Ed 7-96
SED605Practicum in Secondary Ed 10-126
SED606Practicum Seminar1
SED553Field Experience III 1
Total Credits28
Graduate Program Requirements
  • Review graduate “plan of study” during the first semester after matriculation into the MAT portion of the program.
  • Maintain a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better with no more than two grades below B-.
  • Successful completion of practicum during the final semester of study. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the field and student teaching placements and must be prepared to commute up to 45 miles, one way, to these placements.
Required Workshops for Certification

Attending workshops designed to assist teachers in:

  • preventing violence in the schools (S.A.V.E)
  • recognizing symptoms of child abuse and neglect,
  • providing a safe and supportive learning environment through the training for Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), and
  • by completing the Health & Safety training.
New York State Certification Testing requirements
  • Obtaining fingerprint clearance. Information packets are available in the Secondary Education department (OM 323). Applicants for certification are asked to provide information about past convictions, misconduct, etc., on the application for a certificate, and the New York State Education Department is authorized to investigate complaints regarding an applicant’s past convictions or any acts which raise a reasonable question as to the individual’s moral character.
  • Students must receive satisfactory scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations. More information on these tests may be obtained at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com.


Upon graduation, students will receive the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Students will have completed all academic requirements for both initial and professional certification and will be recommended for both certifications. Students will receive their professional certificate after they have completed three years of satisfactory secondary teaching experience in their discipline and notification of such to the State Education Department.

For information on obtaining a teaching credential in New York State, please visit the New York State Education Department website at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/.