The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) is a professional degree program designed to prepare students for initial teacher certification and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for Initial Teacher Certification.
The M.A.T. is a collaborative degree program offered by Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Students are admitted by a joint admission process and take coursework on the campuses of both universities, taught by the faculties of both institutions.
Students in this program must possess an earned baccalaureate degree and appropriate content coursework for certification in one of the following state-approved areas: agriculture, art, biology, business education, chemistry, earth science, English, French, history, mathematics, music (vocal and instrumental), physics, social studies, Spanish, or technology education.
MAT degrees can prepare you to teach at nearly any level. In most cases, your Master of Arts in Teaching will include a concentration in a particular subject or age group.
Careers in Early Childhood Education
MAT graduates may become teachers at the preschool, kindergarten, or primary school level. They also often pursue careers as curriculum developers, designing classroom coursework and determining whether the academic performance of a child indicates that he may advance a grade level. Many MAT graduates in this area have also gone on to become involved with school administration, overseeing and managing an entire school or a system of schools.
Careers in Elementary Education
Most Master of Arts in Teaching graduates with concentrations in elementary education return to their established careers with a better-developed grasp of educational theory and practice. Some graduating teachers may become Master Teachers, who remain in the classroom, but take on the added responsibility of curriculum development and the incorporation of heightened educational standards or new classroom technologies and resources.
Some elementary education degree programs prepare graduates to become school administrators, using their skills in an academic management position. Other students go on to become full-time educational scholars or researchers.
Careers in Secondary Education
Many graduates of secondary education MAT programs may have already established a teaching career prior to enrollment. These teachers often bring their careers to an advanced level, becoming even more sophisticated in their classroom techniques and educational philosophies.
After graduate school, some secondary education teachers go on to begin careers as Master Teachers, who add curriculum development to their teaching duties. This often involves incorporating new teaching methods and technologies into the classroom. Some secondary education graduates eventually become school administrators, bringing their skills out of the classroom and into a management position, while still others become educational scholars and researchers.
Careers in Adult Education
Master of Arts in Teaching programs with a concentration in adult education offer an astounding array of specialized focus topics, providing student teachers with the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of new career paths, or to enhance careers already in progress. These programs prepare graduates to enter any one of numerous related career fields. They may become family and financial crisis counselors, for example, or be professionally involved with adult education in a variety of contexts such as religious organizations, human resources departments, and business training centers. Graduates may use the adult education Master of Arts in Teaching degree to educate adults in:
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Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD) [www.aahperd.org]
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