Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Teacher Education with Multiple Levels (TEML) Program if I have a teaching license?
- No, this program is for initial licensure only. If you have a teaching license you may want to consider a Masters in Education.
What Exams are required for entry?
- The GRE exam is not required for this program.
- If your ACT composite score was less than 22 or your SAT score was less than a 1020, you will have to complete the Praxis I exam which includes writing, reading, and mathematics.
- If you are seeking middle school (4-8) licensure you must have a passing Praxis score on the middle grades content knowledge
- If you are seeking secondary licensure you must have a passing Praxis score in your content area
How long is this program?
- The MAT program spans 5 semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer II, Fall, and Spring.
Can I work while I am in this program?
- You can work while you are enrolled in this program except for the last spring semester where you will be student teaching full time.
- While you can work outside of the school we suggest that you apply for a tuition scholarship, which requires you to work 8 hours a week and will cover your tuition, or a graduate assistantship, which requires you to work about 20 hours a week and covers your tuition and provides you with a monthly stipend.
Is this program online?
- Between 30% and 40% of this program is online. You will have at least one in-person class every semester and will be placed in a school for observations and teaching each semester, so please keep that in mind.
What is a cohort?
- Our program is a cohort based program, which means that everyone in your entering class goes through the entire program as a unit. Being in a cohort gives you the opportunity to grow with your peers and develop a unique bond and support system that goes past graduation.
How long is student teaching?
- Most people think of student teaching in the traditional sense for one semester, being in the classroom everyday. In this program, you have field placements in public schools every semester.
- Your first semester will require 30 hours of field placement where you will interact with the students and teacher, began observing classroom practices, and start adapting to the teacher role.
- The second semester you will be in your field placement for 50 hours. During that time you will being teaching lessons and continue to observe and develop best practices.
- During the summer II term you will complete 50 placement hours which will include classroom management, pre-residency year preparations, and welcoming the students at the beginning of the year.
- The fourth semester will begin your formal evaluations and begin transitioning into the full time teacher role. This is the time where you become a vital part of the classroom. You will complete 70 hours during this semester.
- Your final semester is full time student teaching. You are expected to be in the classroom everyday and take on the role of instructor and co-instructor with your mentor teacher.