Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
With specializations in:
Dear Prospective M.A.T. Candidate:
We are pleased that you are interested in CCSU’s M.A.T. program. We are proud to offer prospective teachers of Secondary Mathematics, Sciences, Spanish, and Englishthe opportunity to earn both a masters degree and certification. Although M.A.T. cohorts begin their 13 months of study in late May of each year, early application is strongly encouraged to allow you to complete needed prerequisites and take full advantage of financial aid.
As you complete your initial application for admission to the M.A.T., keep in mind that admission occurs in two stages. An applicant whose initial application to the Graduate School is accepted will be conditionally admitted. Conditionally admitted applicants will be assigned an M.A.T. advisor and may complete missing prerequisite courses, tests, and/or school experiences as they assemble the complete set of materials required for consideration for full admission. The initial application process requires submission of a graduate school application, a program application, all transcripts, and a candidate statement.
The following qualifications are required for consideration for initial, conditional admission:
- Timely completion of a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution with a total undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70 and, if applicable, a CCSU undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70.
- Completion of the preponderance of a major in the content area that meets state certification standards.
- Completion of the preponderance of general education coursework that meets current Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) standards for certification
- A candidate statement explaining the experiences and reasoning that led to selection of a teaching career
Conditionally admitted students will work with the assigned advisor to assemble the full program application. A full application includes the initial application materials and the following materials.
- Evidence that all degree and coursework requirements have been met with a satisfactory GPA through submission of a second set of official transcripts and a planned program
- Satisfactory scores on Praxis I Core PPST (or a letter verifying state acceptance of an approved equivalent)
- Satisfactory scores on the required state content knowledge examinations in the certification area, Praxis II or ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency
- Statement of experience with children documenting required school experience
- Two references on program reference form from those who can best assess your potential as a teacher (preference will be given to confidential references)
- Evidence of the ability to work with diverse groups of students in an educational setting and an understanding of teaching as a work environment
- Evidence of ability to write at graduate school level demonstrated through submitted essays and either a GRE writing score or a CCSU sit-down writing examination
- Statement agreeing to complete CT criminal history record check through the appropriate RESC and to authorize forwarding of results to host district(s) upon placement for practica.
To be considered for full admission, applicants must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of teacher candidate. Initial assessments will be made through review of complete applications. Fully qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an admissions interview. Admissions standards for the program are quite rigorous and each cohort is limited to 25 students across all disciplines; therefore, not everyone who meets the admission requirements can be accepted.
The initial admissions process requires submission of materials to two offices: Graduate Admissions and the M.A.T. Coordinator in the Department of Special Education. Graduate Admissions in 102 Barnard should receive ONLINE the CCSU Graduate Application Form, application fee, and your official transcripts. The candidate statement and program application form should be sent directly to the M.A.T. Coordinator’s Office at the address found on the attached checklist.
Thank you for your interest in the M.A.T. Program. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Director. The best way to make contact is via e-mail: Seider@mail.ccsu.edu
Susan N. Seider, D.Ed.
M.A.T. Program Director
The MAT program is a selective graduate-level certification program that prepares qualified students for careers as teachers in the shortage areas of Mathematics, Science, Spanish, and English. Candidates complete the program in a cohort group that begins in late May of each year and ends in late June of the following calendar year, 13 months later. Nineteen of the 47 credits required in the program are earned in summer sessions. The program selectively admits no more than 25 students each year. The program is designed to cross disciplines wherever possible, encouraging candidates to build content teaching expertise in their specialization and relate each discipline to the larger school curriculum. The MAT program is designed to provide an accelerated route into shortage area classrooms while meeting all state and national accreditation standards. While the schedule of class offerings may allow candidates to maintain some employment while completing the program, the full schedule of classes, field experiences and full-time student teaching in assigned public school settings will be very demanding.
Although each cohort begins study 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.
For more information, attend an information session or contact Dr. Susan N. Seider at Seider@mail.ccsu.edu
M.A.T. Initial Admission Application Checklist
Please use the following checklist to guide your application process and to make sure that your application for initial, conditional admission is complete.
Complete and send the following materials to the M.A.T. Program.
Dr. Sally Drew, M.A.T. Program Director
Department of Special Education and Interventions
Room 2200 Barnard Hall
1615 Stanley St.
New Britain, CT 06050
_____ 1. Completed conditional application materials either on file or included
[This includes a candidate statement, initial MAT application, submission of a CCSU Graduate School application for the MAT program or a copy of CCSU Grad School Admission letter to another program, and prepared essay in Spanish (Spanish applicants only).]
_____ 2. A full set of official transcripts from all higher education institutions where you have completed any undergraduate or graduate coursework must be submitted to the Graduate School as part of the graduate admission application. (International coursework may require agency evaluation—if you have taken courses or earned a degree outside the United States, please ask us about this well in advance).
_____ 3. Satisfactory scores on Praxis I CORE PPST (or a letter verifying state waiver based on acceptance of an approved equivalent)
_____ 4. A copy of your score report(s) showing satisfactory scores on the required state content knowledge examinations in the certification area (Praxis II or ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for Spanish).
_____ 5. Statement of experience form(s) documenting required school experience
(consult program advisor for details).
_____ 6. Two references on program reference forms from those who can best assess your potential as a teacher (preference is given to confidential references).
_____ 7. Evidence of ability to write at graduate school level demonstrated by a CCSU sit-down writing examination scheduled by the program coordinator
(typically completed in conjunction with the program admission interview).
_____ 8. A resume documenting educational and work experiences