Master of Arts in Teaching - Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree

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Director: Karen Dunlap, Associate Professor
Location: SH 207

Phone: 940-898-2764
Fax: 940-898-2270

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 MAT program, you must have:
(Admission to TWU does not guarantee admission to the MAT Program.)

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;

  • Must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA on all coursework 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);

  • Graduates of universities outside of the U.S. where English is not the language of instruction must pass the speaking portion of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 26; and

  • Pre-Admission Interview with an assigned TWU Faculty member.

General Requirements for the M.A.T.

The M.A.T. is a 32-41 semester credit hour degree: 19 semester credit hours of pedagogy and professional responsibilities/diversity in education; 6-9 semester credit hours of coursework in selected content area; and 6-12 semester credit hours supervised teaching experience. Students may have to enroll in a one semester credit hour course for the professional portfolio depending on the certification route.

Special Requirements

  • Students take the practice 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.
  • For clinical student teaching, students must take the content area and pass the PPR.
  • For professional internship, students must pass the content area and pass the PPR.
  • 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 (32 - 41 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 Literacy in the Content Areas
Academic Specialization6-9
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.)
Professional Portfolio and Final Assessment
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 Hours32-41