Cannon-Clary College of Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
What is the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program?
If you already have a bachelor's degree, the MAT program will grant you a master's degree toward a teaching license at the K-6, 4-8, 7-12 or K-12 grade levels in content areas of your choice. For those interested in Special Education, there is a MAT Special Education K-12 degree program. Teachers for early childhood-birth to kindergarten are in demand, and a MAT B-K Integrated with Special Education B-K degree is also available. The following licensure areas are offered:
Birth through Kindergarten:
Birth through Kindergarten Integrated with Special Education Birth through Kindergarten
Elementary Level: Grades K-6
Middle Level: Grades 4-8 (Minimum of 2 areas required)
Language arts, math, science, social science
Secondary Level: Grades 7-12
Foreign Language (French, Latin or Spanish)
Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
Special Education K-12
What options do I have for completing the program?
Track I: Professional Licensure Track (35 hours)
You can teach full time while pursuing your degree. You must become eligible for and obtain a provisional license in the area of expertise in which you are seeking licensure before you begin teaching.
Track II: Traditional Student Teaching Track (35 hours)
You can follow a traditional teacher preparation program culminating with a semester of student teaching.
Important Policy Statement: Students who are participating in one of the six-credit hour student teaching classes (ELED 641, MLED 642, SEED 651, SEED 652, SPEC 655, SPED 653) are considered to be full-time students.
What courses are required?
The MAT program consists of 35 hours. Please see the curriculum plan for more information.
For current course schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate Programs home page.
For additional information about this program, you may want to consult the Catalog.
What are the admission requirements?
1. Complete application with application fee and all official transcripts.
2. Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.7, or a GPA of 2.9 on the last 60 hours.
3. Submit passing Praxis® Core (or GRE) and Praxis® Subject Assessment (s) scores. MAT: SPED K-12 and MAT: Birth through Kindergarten Integrated with Special Education Birth through Kindergarten students may wait to submit passing Praxis® Subject Assessments scores until after satisfactorily completing six credit hours of the following courses: SPED 606 and one additional approved Special Education course.
4. Submit three letters of reference from people who are familiar with your professional or academic performance.
5. Counsel with the director at one of our campus locations.
What are the graduation requirements?
1. You must complete the 35-hour program of study, including six hours of internship (supervised teaching).
ResourcesAbsentee Policy - Track 2 pdf
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Office of Nontraditional Teacher Preparation