From Cornell University and Ithaca College:
Cornell University and Ithaca College will offer a new Master of Arts in
Teaching (M.A.T.) program to help meet growing demand for qualified
Students in the graduate program will earn a
degree in agriculture education from Ithaca College in collaboration
with Cornell Connect, a program of the College of Agriculture and Life
“This unique M.A.T. in agriculture education combines the strength of
an established, highly regarded education program at Ithaca College
with the internationally recognized agricultural knowledge of
Cornell,” said Jeff Perry, education specialist in CALS’ School of
Integrative Plant Science.
“Students will graduate with a strong
knowledge of the agricultural education community while also being
comfortable with their general education peers,” he said.
This cross-university partnership, unique in the United States,
reflects CALS’ commitment to agricultural science education.
has been to expand opportunities for Cornell students to obtain teacher
certification. This innovative program is a true partnership with Ithaca
College’s nationally accredited, state-approved and much-respected
teacher education programs,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch
Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“Ithaca College and Cornell University have been collaborating in the
preparation of teachers for many years,” noted Linda Hanrahan, chair of
graduate programs in education at Ithaca College. “The newly approved M.A.T. program in agriculture education provides us with yet another avenue for continued collaboration.”
The intensive 13-month program is an extension of other articulation
agreements that exist between the two schools, including the transition
of prospective teacher candidates from Cornell’s education studies minor
program into the M.S. in childhood education or the M.A.T. in
adolescence education at Ithaca College.
The program comes at a time when agricultural education programs are
growing in popularity in suburban and urban high schools throughout the
According to a 2014 National Association of Agricultural
Educators supply-and-demand report, more than 200 additional
agricultural teachers are needed due to program growth and expansion
In the 36-credit program, 27 credits will be taken through Ithaca
College in general education and field experience and nine credits will
be taken in agriculture through CALS’ Cornell Connect.
The first cohort
in the new program will enter May 31, 2016, and will be eligible for graduation, initial certification and a teaching position by the following summer.