Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
With specializations in:
The MAT program is a selective graduate-level certification program that prepares qualified students for careers as teachers in the shortage areas. Current specializations include secondary English, History/Social Studies, Mathematics, Sciences, Spanish, and Special Education (K-12), with a focus on the recruitment of prospective teachers from underrepresented groups through the Holmes Master's Program. The MAT program is designed to co-prepare secondary educators and special educators to meet the needs of all learners within the general education classroom, including those at risk and students with disabilities. Candidates experience cross disciplinary preparation wherever possible, building content teaching expertise in their specialization and relating each discipline to the larger school context. Candidates learn how to support students' literacy and language demands within their discipline, which is a particular need in today's secondary classrooms. The MAT program provides an accelerated route into shortage area classrooms while meeting all state and national accreditation standards. The full schedule of classes, field experiences, and full-time student teaching in assigned public school settings will be very demanding; therefore it is extremely difficult to maintain even part-time employment throughout the program. Candidates complete the program in a cohort that begins in late May of each year and ends in late June of the following calendar year, 13 months later. Extended timeline options of two and three years are also available.
Both full-time and extended timeline programs begin in late May; early application is strongly encouraged to allow candidates to complete any needed prerequisites and take full advantage of financial aid. To be considered for admission, applicants must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of teacher candidates. Initial assessments will be made through review of complete applications. Fully qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an admissions interview.