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    Apr 18, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Designed for working adults, this degree program provides initial licensure and a master’s degree in a supportive learning environment. Faculty have K-12 experience and a commitment to helping you become a successful teacher. Learn hands-on applications in an integrated curriculum focusing on urban, multicultural issues. Five categories of licensure are available:

  • Elementary Education K-6
  • Secondary Education in the specialty areas of chemistry (9-12), communication arts and literature (5-12), life science (9-12), mathematics (5-12), physics (9-12), science (5-8), or social studies (5-12);
  • Secondary Education (9-12) in the specialty areas of chemistry, life science, or physics;
  • K-12 in English as a second language (ESL), world languages and cultures (German or Spanish), health 5-12/physical education K-12, or theater arts and dance.

Field placements are integrated throughout the program so you practice what you learn in your courses as you progress toward full-time student teaching. You will develop the skills, content, and confidence to be a highly qualified teaching professional. Graduate education classes typically meet once a week in the evening. Some daytime classes are also available. You may attend the program on a full-time or part-time basis, according to your preferred pace of study.

For program course requirements, refer to the MAT website or contact a staff advisor. After successfully completing the courses listed in an individually-developed course planner, students apply for acceptance to student teaching. Upon successful completion of the license requirements, students are recommended for state licensure. Students have seven years to complete their MAT degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and earn B- or higher in all licensure courses. Refer to the student handbook for program details and requirements.


MAT Degree Requirements

Methodology Courses by License Area

Secondary (5-12 or 9-12) and K-12

Specialty Coursework

Coursework for your area of specialty will vary according to licensure area.

Degree Completion Courses (Master of Arts in Teaching)

Upon successful completion of student teaching, MAT students complete their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree by enrolling in either of the following degree completion options:

MAT Application Requirements:

  • Completed application (available online at
  • Official sealed transcripts of previous coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Request these letters from people familiar with your academic and/or professional qualifications.
  • Written essay. Submit a one- to two-page, double-spaced essay discussing why you have decided to pursue public school licensure. Please include your experience (volunteer or paid) in working with children.
  • Résumé

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