Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, who have no formal teacher training and wish to enter the teaching profession. It is well suited to recent graduates and to those seeking to change careers.

Graduates of the MAT program are eligible for teacher certification in the general education tracks of early childhood, elementary and secondary education.

  • Early childhood education prepares you to teach PreK through grade three.
  • Elementary education prepares you to teach grades one through six.
  • Secondary education prepares you to teach grades seven through 12 in biology, chemistry, Chinese (Mandarin), earth-space science, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies or Spanish.

General Education Options

Students in the general education track may pursue the one-year or part-time option.  

One-year Option

The one-year option requires a full-time commitment to courses and field placements. Part-time field placements are required during the fall term; a full-time internship is completed in the spring term. This option is completed in four terms, and begins only in the summer.

Part-time option

The part-time option requires a minimum of two years to complete. Students may begin this option in any term. Late afternoon and evening courses are offered each term. The final fall and spring terms require a full-time commitment to courses and field placements. Part-time field placements are required during the fall term; a full-time internship is completed in the final spring term.

Teacher Certification in Special Education

Graduates of the MAT program are eligible for teacher certification in the special education tracks of infant/primary, elementary/middle or secondary/adult education.

  • Infant/primary education prepares you to teach grades birth through grade three.
  • Elementary/middle education prepares you to teach grades one through eight.
  • Secondary/adult education prepares you to teach grades six through 12. A content concentration in biology, English, mathematics or social studies is required.

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