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Master of Arts in Teaching

Pamela Correll, Program Coordinator
Hill Hall, Room 205
417-836-5012
PamelaCorrell@missouristate.edu​​​​​​​

Program description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is a combined graduate degree and initial teacher certification program intended for individuals who hold at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university.  The MAT is a teacher certification program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and is intended for secondary-level and middle-level future educators.  The MAT program provides the opportunity for multiple content area certifications and includes extensive site-based clinical experiences in area schools making use of the students' previous coursework and life/work experiences.  

 

Entrance requirements

  1. Applicants must meet minimum Graduate College requirements for admission.
  2. Applicants must complete the Teacher Certification Transcript Analysis request from the Professional Education Certification.  

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours

SFR 750

OR

MID 810

Philosophies of Education

OR

Foundations of Middle Level Education

3 hrs

SFR 751

OR

MID 725

Introduction to Teaching and Learning

OR

Advanced Theory & Practice in Teaching Early Adolescents

3 hrs
SFR 781 Applied Educational Research 3 hrs

EDT 662

OR

EDT 665

Educational Applications of Computers in the Classroom

OR

Selection and Utilization of Educational Technology

3 hrs
PSY 710 Psychology of Education 3 hrs
SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education 3 hrs
RDG 710 Content Area Literacy 3 hrs
RDG 624 Analysis and Correction of Difficulties in Adolescent 3 hrs
SEC 783 Internship in Teaching I: Teaching Practicume 3 hrs
SEC 784 Internship in Teaching II: Student Teaching 9 hrs

Research and Comprehensive Examination requirements

Students will enroll in SFR 781 (Applied Educational Research), which sill provide instruction on how to utilize and implement educational research to enhance their classroom practice.  This course will introduce students to action research and will culminate in a research project presented to the Program Coordinator and Content Area Coordinator during their student teaching semester.  This project will satisfy their comprehensive examination requirement. 

Graduation requirements

In addition to requirements established by the Graduate College, students must meet required GPA requirements established by Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for educators.  Those requirements are a cumulative 2.75 GPA across all degrees earned (based on transcript analysis) and a cumulative 3.00 GPA for content specific courses (dependent upon the content area exams).

Advisement

Advisement will be facilitated by the MAT Academic Advisor in cooperation with the MAT Program Coordinator. The Office of Professional Education Certification and the Program Coordinator will monitor the certification process.

Certification requirements

Students must pass the relative Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCAs) to be recommended for teacher certification. All MAT candidates are required to complete content area coursework in the subject they are pursuing for teacher certification, or pass the MoCA(s) for that area before being recommended for teacher certification. Content area requirements are determined by the Professional Education Certification office as part of the transcript analysis process.

Note: DESE has a new option for those who have a related degree to the area of certification which they are pursuing. If the student passes the Missouri Content Assessment(s) (MoCAs), they are no longer required to take any deficiencies in the content area. For those who do not have a related degree, the student must pass the MoCA(s) prior to their practicum semester.  If the MoCA(s) are passed, the student is no longer required to take any course deficiencies in the content area.