Master of Art in Teaching (MAT)

Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate study is offered in curriculum and instruction which may lead to the Master of Art in Teaching (MAT). The Master's of Art in Teaching degree is an initial teacher certification degree for those who already have a bachelor's degree (other than in education) and wish to become certified as a teacher.

This program is both an initial teacher certification program and a graduate program. Students may choose an areas of certification: Early Childhood (PK-3), Elementary Education (Grades 1-5), Middle School (Grades 4-8), and Secondary (Grades 6-12).

The program of study provides maximum flexibility for each graduate student in designing a program which will meet professional objectives. Upon acceptance, each candidate is assigned a major professor to assist in designing an appropriate program of study. The MAT includes a minimum requirement of 36 credit hours. Each candidate is required to complete at least one semester of student teaching or internship.

Certifications in Curriculum and Instruction

The MAT program provides an opportunity for the candidate to pursue many different certifications in the field of special education:

  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-5)
  • Middle School (Grades 4-8: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies)
  • Secondary (Grades 6-12: English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science, Physics and Social Studies)