The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is a practical and flexible degree program culminating in a capstone experience which aligns to a student’s area of emphasis.
Beginning in the fall of 2023, the MAT program will consist of:
- 30 credits
- Culminating in capstone, with potential for individualized action research
Master of Arts in Teaching students will complete:
- 6 core courses with their cohort (18 credits total)
- 12 elective credits (may transfer in 10-graduate level credits; FasTrack licensure candidates may transfer in Ed-courses)
Core Course Sequence
For new cohort beginning in fall 2023:
Fall 2023 Semester
- Course 1: (ED 6100: Ed Research I – 3 credits) – Introduction to academic research and writing, reading, and understanding different methods of researching, with preparation for completing action research at the end of the program. (Taught first 8 -weeks of term)
- Course 2: (ED 6102: Making Education Data Meaningful – 3 credits) – Understanding and using student assessment and quantitative and qualitative assessment data to inform instructional practices. (Taught second 8-weeks of term)
Spring 2024 Semester
- Course 3: (ED 6113: Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy – 3 credits) – a deep dive into inclusive, student-centered, and culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy and instructional practices. (Taught first 8-weeks of term)
- Course 4: (ED 6120: Critical Issues in Education – 3 credits) – examine enduring critical issues in education, identify an area of interest and explore that critical issue resulting in completed literature review. (Taught second 8-weeks of term)
Fall 2024 Semester
- Course 5: (ED 6750: Educational Research II – 3 credits) – complete project proposal approved by instructor and student’s capstone committee. Students conducting action research will collect data prior to enrolling in ED 6850. (Taught full 16-weeks of term.)
Spring 2025 Semester
- Course 6 (ED 6850: Capstone – 3 credits) – Complete the capstone project research and final project writing/presentation. (Taught full 16-weeks of term.)
- Usually completed during summer term and same term as course 5 and 6.
Elective courses could include standards of effective practice (SEP’s), which are courses leading to a secondary education teaching license. Current licensed teachers may choose another option to enhance their teaching career; i.e. Reading, Special Education Licensure, Math, etc.
Please note: the MAT by itself is not a licensure-granting degree, but students may complete additional coursework in one of our licensure-only programs (i.e. FasTrack or Special Education Licensure) to become professionally licensed. For complete options, contact the Program Coordinator.
For complete current program requirements, please go to the current catalog; select Graduate Programs located on the right side.
Open enrollment; Fall semester and Summer Session applicants should submit their application and additional materials by April 1 for preferred consideration.
- Graduate Application for Admission — Apply Here!
- $20 non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts of bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Overall undergraduate GPA: 3.00
- Two letters of recommendation from a previous employer/professor
- Copy of Teaching license requested (if unavailable please contact us)
- One-page letter of intent answering the following (limit each response to 50 words):
- Why do you want to be in the graduate program?
- Explain your background in education or in your current degree field.
- What do you plan to use this degree for?
- Please note that graduate students enrolled in an online program are not eligible for an I-20 to study within the United States.
- International students must also provide Proof of English Proficiency.
Tuition & Aid
We offer in-state/reciprocity tuition rates to all of our graduate students. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on options for funding your education.
Some students may qualify for a graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver and stipend. GAs, in return, are expected to complete certain teaching and/or research assignments for the department.