MAT Program Overview
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.
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.
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 must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and earn a B- or higher in all licensure courses. Refer to the student handbook for program details and requirements.
There is a 7-year limit for students to complete licensure requirements, including passing student-teaching and applying for MN licensure. A student has an additional 7 years to complete the MAT degree.
State Testing Requirements
- MTLE: NES Essential Academic Skills Test (see your advisor for equivalents)
- MTLE: Elementary K-6 or Secondary Pedagogy 5-12 (sub test 1 and sub test 2)
- MTLE: World Language and Culture German K-12 (sub test 1 and sub test 2)
- Assessment of Language Proficiency Test (OPI)
Note: All Hamline K-12 World Language candidates (German and Spanish) are expected to have a proficiency level on the ACTFL scale of at least advanced low. To ensure that language proficiency does not become a barrier toward licensure and program-completion, incoming teacher candidates must take the ACTFL oral proficiency interview (OPI) by the end of Semester 1. Candidates who score intermediate high may be given opportunities to acquire language proficiency through alternative means, and will work with their academic adviser to discuss the merits of a petition request. Candidates who score intermediate high or below may be advised to exit the program or pursue other career options.