Master of Arts in Teaching - Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree

Director: Brandon Bush, Ph.D.
Location: SH 211

Phone: 940-898-2829
Fax: 940-898-2830

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.

All new students seeking admission to Texas Woman's University must apply to the university.

To be accepted into the M.A.T. program, you must have:

  • Been successfully admitted to TWU (note: admission to TWU does not guarantee admission to the M.A.T. program);

  • Pass the PACT in the certification field sought;

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;

  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA on all coursework on the last conferred bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework (includes all coursework taken even if it did not count for your initial degree);

  • Demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements;

  • Successful completion of a pre-admission interview with an assigned faculty mentor;

  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;

  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;

  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and

  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Background Checks

Background checks will be required for early field experiences, student teaching experiences, and for certification in the state of Texas. Teacher candidates pay all fees incurred. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must identify themselves on the criminal background application form. Applicants who fail to disclose a personal felony conviction will be removed from the educator preparation program. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and would like to check your eligibility for teaching, you can go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. On this page, you will find a Preliminary Criminal History Review for Educator Certification Candidates for a non-refundable fee.  This service will allow those individuals who are contemplating obtaining a Texas Teacher Certificate in the future, the opportunity to have a review of an existing criminal history performed by agency staff.  The review will be based solely on information provided by the candidate and will result in a non-binding opinion issued by the agency as to whether or not the candidate would be eligible for Texas Teacher Certification at the time of the evaluation.  This process does not preclude a candidate from being required to submit to a national criminal history review as required by statute at the time of application for educator credentials.  Take note that even with this preliminary criminal history review, their is no guarantee that you will be able to complete field experiences if rejected by a TEA-accredited site. 

Failure to provide any documentation upon request by an agency, program, or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete field experiences and the requirements for the TWU Educator Preparation Program Education.  

General Requirements for the M.A.T.

The M.A.T. is a 31-37 semester credit hour degree: 19 semester credit hours of pedagogy and professional responsibilities/diversity in education; 6 semester credit hours of coursework in selected content area; and 6-12 semester credit hours supervised teaching experience.

Special Requirements

  • Students must meet all TWU certification requirements to receive authorization to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam.

  • Students shall complete early field experiences prior to student teaching or internship, which are designed to introduce you to a variety of classroom settings, and allow you to apply what you learn in your courses. In collaboration with your instructors and area educators, the Office of Clinical Practices strives to ensure you are well prepared to begin your career in education first in student teaching, and finally in your own classroom. Each field experience will be different than the last, growing in level of interaction and responsibilities. Days, times, and total hours will also vary by course with an increased amount of time required as you grow toward your final semester. Be sure to check your course descriptions for specific information on field experience schedule requirements.

  • For clinical student teaching and professional internship, students must pass the PPR and supplemental (if applicable) exams.

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

  • Students are required to enroll in courses each long term/semester (fall and spring) until they complete their program, although they have the option of summer enrollment. Not maintaining enrollment in the long terms/semesters requires permission of the Director for the Master of Arts in Teaching. Unapproved absence from one or more long terms/semesters inactivates the student’s status and the student must reapply for program admission before taking courses again.

  • Continuous enrollment refers to enrollment in at least 1 semester credit hour of course work each long (fall and spring) semester.

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Program of Study (31-37 semester credit hours)

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities
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
READ 5223Introduction to Literacy and Learning EC-83
or READ 5543 Introduction to Literacy and Learning in the Disciplines
Academic Specialization6
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.
Field-Based Experience6-12
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.)
Total SCHs31-37