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    Apr 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Master of Arts in Teaching with Initial Licensure: General Science 5-8

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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 diverse, inclusive, multicultural learning environments.

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.


State Testing Requirements

  • MTLE: NES Essential Academic Skills Test (see your advisor for equivalents) - not required for Tier 3 license
  • MTLE: Secondary Pedagogy 5-12 (sub test 1 and sub test 2)
  • MTLE: Middle Level Science 5-8 (sub test 1 and sub test 2)

Content Requirements - General Science

Content courses meet the Minnesota state standards for this license area. These courses are undergraduate-level and typically offered during the daytime. Students who need to fulfill content requirements may do so through Hamline University or another accredited institution. Please note that financial aid may not be available for content coursework depending on federal financial aid requirements. Please see a graduate advisor prior to registering for content courses through Hamline University.

Degree Completion Requirements

One Capstone Experience

Students choose either Capstone Project or Capstone Thesis I and II, for a total of 4 credits.

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