Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Teacher Education 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 you are seeking middle school (6-8) licensure you must have a passing score on the Praxis II Middle Grades Science or Praxis II Middle Grades Mathematics.
- If you are seeking secondary licensure you must have a passing Praxis II score in your content area
How long is this program?
- The next cohort beginning Summer 2016 will include pre-summer, summer I, summer II, fall, and spring to receive licensure. One additional course will be required in the summer to receive the MAT degree.
- The current cohorts 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. If you are applying to be a part of the Summer 2016 cohort we do caution you on hours of employment as it is a heavy course load.
- 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.
If you are a member of the current cohort or will be applying for a cohort that beings in the fall:
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. You will also have a 10 hours service learning placement.
- 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.
- If you are going to be applying for the Summer 2016 cohort:
- During the summer you will have 10 hours during the Pre-summer Plus I Section that will be through Service Learning, 20 field hours during Pre-summer, and 50 field hours during Summer II, which will begin your residency year.
- Fall term you will have 120 field hours in your residency placement
- Spring term you will be full time student teaching.
- The final summer will only be EDFN 5950 - Methods of Research which is an online course with no field component.