Master of Arts in Teaching - Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree

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The M.A.T. is a Master of Arts in Teaching degree program leading to initial teacher certification. Certification is awarded by the State Board for Educator Certification. The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) emphasizes professional academic preparation that requires graduate students to become knowledgeable about academic disciplines and to develop effective teaching practices.

Admission Requirements for the M.A.T.

Admission to the M.A.T. requires a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.75. An interview for the Teacher Education Program is required.

Important Note: Graduates of universities outside of the United States where English is not the language of instruction must pass the speaking part of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 26 if your coursework for the previously completed degree was not delivered in English.

General Requirements for the M.A.T.

The M.A.T. requires a minimum of 32 semester credit hours: 16 semester credit hours of pedagogy and professional responsibilities/diversity in education; minimum 9 semester credit hours of coursework in selected content area; minimum 1 semester credit hour of portfolio preparation; and 6-12 semester credit hours supervised teaching experience. The M.A.T. requires a professional portfolio and final assessment.

Special Requirements

Students take the TExES in the content area (teaching field or academic specialization) during the semester of their admission. Test results are used to select the coursework required in the academic specialization.

Students must meet all TWU certification requirements to receive authorization to take the TExES examination in either their academic specialization or Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR).

A degree plan can be submitted only after the content test is taken and test results are received.

Students must pass the content area TExES examination to become eligible for the professional practicum or internship.

Only courses in which the student achieved a grade of ‘B’ or better may be included on the degree plan.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program of Study (32 or 38 minimum semester credit hours)

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (16 SCH)
EDUC 5113Foundations of Teaching and Learning3
EDUC 5123Learning Theory, Development, and Research3
EDUC 5131Technology in Assessment and Instruction1
EDUC 5133Assessment and Instructional Design and Delivery for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 5143Effective Design and Management of the Classroom Environment (EC-12)3
EDUC 5173Diversity in the Classroom3
Academic Specialization (9 SCH)
This is coursework in the field of study. Students will take the Texas Exam of Educator Standards (TExES) in their field of study before or during their first semester in the program.9
Field-Based Experience (6-12 SCH)
A full-time, one-semester unpaid professional practicum in a school setting. (All coursework must be completed before beginning student teaching.)
A full-time, two-semester internship (6 semester credit hours) in a school setting in which the student is employed and paid as the teacher of record. (This option requires that 12 semester credit hours of pedagogy courses must be completed.)6-12
Professional Portfolio and Final Assessment (1 SCH)
Each student will maintain a professional portfolio throughout her or his program. The completed portfolio must be submitted for evaluation prior to graduation.1
Total Semester Credit Hours32-38