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The MAT is typically a two-and-a-half year program, depending on the content courses you have already completed, when you start the program, and whether or not you take summer courses. Licensure programs in early and middle childhood are only available at the undergraduate level. If you have a degree and want licensure in early or middle childhood, you must apply as an undergraduate student and take all undergraduate courses.

Who should get a Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is for you if you:

  • Have one or more degrees.
  • Wish to obtain a teaching license.
  • Have a desire to teach grades 7-12.
  • Have a desire to teach English/language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies in grades 7-12 or foreign language in grades pre-K thru 12.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is NOT for you if you:

  • Are already a certified or licensed teacher.
  • Have a degree and wish to teach elementary grades.
  • Have a degree and wish to teach any subject other than English/language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies in grades 7-12.

Student Learning Outcomes

Integrated Language Arts

  • Candidates will be able to identify examples of best practice from research and experience that enhance students' growth and development as writers in grades 7-12.
  • Candidates will be able to communicate orally and in a range of written genres.
  • Candidates will be able to conduct and summarize research into the theory underlying course content and explain how that theory informs teaching and students’ learning.
  • Candidates will be able to identify examples of best practice from research and
    experience that enhance students' growth and development as readers in grades 7-12.

Integrated Social Studies

  • Students will be able to judge components of democratic education philosophy and apply them to social studies content knowledge to construct a unit plan.
  • Students will be able to design lesson plans which integrate aspects of democratic education philosophy and social studies content knowledge.
  • Students will be able to create lesson plans which reflect on and apply historical and present-day connections of science, technology and society.
  • Students will be able to write lesson plans which evaluate global connections and interdependence.
  • Students will be able to synthesize educational theory and research demonstrated through writing and a Master’s defense. 

Integrated Science

  • Students will be able to demonstrate safe practice in the 7-12 classroom and create a plan for safety in their own future science classrooms.
  • Students will be able to create an innovative unit plan and prepare a detailed reflection that synthesizes the science education research that supports the construction of the unit plan.
  • Students will apply their developing content and pedagogical knowledge by participating in university-wide seminars and preparing detailed reflections on how the seminars will relate to their future science teaching as well as create and provide a seminar for the undergraduates in their cohort about a pertinent science education topic.
  • Students will apply and integrate their knowledge of exemplary science teaching practices during their teaching experiences in the field experiences and prepare a detailed reflection about their teaching using science education research to back up their teaching practices.

Integrated Mathematics

  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics content to critique the reasoning of others.
  • Students will be able to use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas to multiple audiences.
  • Students will be able to make instructional decisions using formative assessments.
  • Students will be able to create new knowledge related to instructional planning.
  • Students will be able to create resources for professional mathematics education organizations to inform others' practice.
  • Students will be able to create professional development resources to inform others' lesson planning.

Foreign Language

  • Candidates will demonstrate interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational proficiency as they deliver detailed and organized material, use connected ideas and probing questions, maintain spontaneous communication, and discuss with language.
  • Candidates will be able to identify examples of best practice from research and experience to enhance lessons and units centered around the World Readiness Standards and the three modes of communication.
  • Candidates will be able to conduct and summarize Second Language Acquisition research as it applies to language teaching.
  • Candidates will be able to conduct and summarize social justice, diversity, equity research in the field of language teaching.