Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree prepares students to pursue careers as teachers. Credential tracks are offered at the Elementary (Multiple Subject) and Secondary (Social Studies, Science, English, and Math) levels. The Special Education Credential, Gifted Certificate, and Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate may be obtained through optional additional coursework.

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Curriculum Overview

The MAT program requires a minimum of 32 units. The program offers both full-time and part-time options, and the program can be completed in one to three years.

Sample Courses

  • Application of Theories of Learning to Classroom Practice
  • New Media Literacies in High Needs Schools
  • Human Differences

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Fieldwork

Students are placed in local classrooms at the beginning of the program to learn practical applications of theories and instructional methods from experienced teachers. Students later complete twenty weeks of student teaching, also known as Guided Practice.

Similar Programs

  • MAT-TESOL
  • ME Teacher Leadership

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I’ve had colleagues from Alaska, Texas, Hawaii and all walks of life. The diversity that we drew from, you just can’t replicate that.

Anissa Fay – MAT – ‘11

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The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a teacher.

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