Education Specialties
Holloway Hall

About the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree

Students who are accepted into the M. A. T. program Option 1 move through the sixteen (16) month program in a cohort. The program begins during the January winter term and is completed by the end of May in the following year. Classes are usually held during the evening, with some beginning around 3:30 p.m.

Some daytime commitment is required during the program to complete the required 100 days of observation time in the public schools. During the winter and intial spring semesters, students will be in public schools for a half-day a week. During the fall semester, students begin their internship by being in the schools one full day a week. Full-time daytime commitment to a fourteen (14) week internship is necessary during the final spring semester.

Candidates who complete the MAT program are expected to integrate theory and practice and demonstrate successful achievement in the following areas:

  1. Application of research and inquiry for the improvement of classroom instruction.
  2. Understanding of learners’ physical, cognitive and emotional development and the implications for learning and instruction.
  3. Knowledge of the social contexts in which education occurs.
  4. Skills and knowledge necessary to teach learners with special needs and diverse cultural backgrounds.
  5. Ability to organize and manage a classroom on the basis of research, best practice, expert opinion, personal attributes and student learning needs.
  6. Development of skills in pedagogical analysis including the identification of problems confronting classroom teachers, formulation of solutions for resolution of problems, implementation of solutions, and examination of the effect of classroom interventions on student learning.
  7. Development of an appropriate and usable repertoire of teaching strategies and techniques.
  8. Appropriate use of a variety of approaches to assess instructional outcomes.
  9. Use of technology including computers and media for classroom and professional needs.
  10. Knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate reading, writing and thinking in content area instruction.
  11. Skills and abilities essential to instructional leadership.

The following courses are required for the M.A.T.:

  • EMAT 501 Development and Learning Applied to Teaching
  • EMAT 502 Foundations of Education in a Diverse and Democratic Society
  • EMAT 506 The Inclusive Classroom
  • EMAT 5XX *Reading Methods in Secondary Schools Part I
  • EMAT 507 Internship I
  • EMAT 509 Internship II
  • EMAT 511 Internship Seminar
  • EMAT 512 Classroom Management: Theory and Practice
  • EMAT 537 Educational Research
  • EMAT 538 Technology in Education
  • EMAT 539 Instruction and Assessment for Student Learning

*Which methods course is taken depends upon the specified content area. Students in physical education, who do not meet the reading requirement through their methods courses, will be expected to take an additional reading course to meet this requirement.


For English, Foreign Languages, History, Math, or Science certification, complete the appropriate methods courses below:

  • EMAT 526 and 528 English and Reading Methods in Secondary Schools Part I/II
  • EMAT 540 Teaching Language in Middle and High School Classrooms (for English certification)
  • EMAT 531 and 533 Foreign Languages and Reading in Secondary Schools Part I/II
  • EMAT 518 and 520 Math and Reading Methods in Secondary Schools Part I/II
  • EMAT 530 and 532 Social Studies and Reading in Secondary Schools Part I/II
  • EMAT 527 and 529 Science and Reading Methods in Secondary Schools Part I/II


For Music certification, complete the appropriate methods courses below:
  • EMAT 517 Teaching Music and Reading in the Elementary School
  • EMAT 519 Teaching Music and Reading in the Secondary School
** MAT candidates will complete an internship in a Professional Development school under the supervision of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor. This Internship will consist of a minimum of 100 days. In order to meet the 100 day requirement, interns are required to follow the calendar of the school district in which the PDS is located. Students will also be required to follow the University calendar with respect to attendance at the internship seminar. If an MAT intern is in a paid teaching position in his/her field during the internship semester, assigning a mentor teacher to that intern will be waived if the intern has demonstrated at least two years of successful teaching in that classroom prior to the academic year of the internship. “Successful teaching” will be determined through documented evaluation by a school administrator in a supervisory position that provides her/him sufficient knowledge of the intern’s teaching performance, as well as issuance of a contract for a third year in the position. If the MAT intern is not assigned to a mentor as per this policy, the mentoring fee will be waived for the intern. All other internship policies will apply to the intern: s/he will attend the MAT seminar course and will enroll in EMAT 507 and 509, with a university supervisor assigned.

Each candidate is expected to develop an approved plan of study for completion of necessary content area coursework. Accordingly, it is essential that each student and advisor meet to clarify the specific requirements for individual candidates.

All MAT candidates must pass Praxis II exams required for certification in their content areas prior to graduation.