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    Jun 16, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Designed for working adults, this degree program provides initial licensure leading to 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 (5-8) in the specialty area of science;
  • Secondary Education (5-12) in the specialty areas of communication arts and literature, mathematics, or social studies;
  • Secondary Education (9-12) in the specialty areas of chemistry, life science, or physics;
  • K-12 Education in the specialty areas of dance and theatre, English as a Second Language (ESL), or world languages and cultures (German or Spanish).

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 (3.0 GPA):

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 through Graduate Admission,
  • 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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