Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), as an initial licensure program, is designed to develop professional educators who demonstrate effective entry year performance in meeting the challenges of teaching all students.
This perspective views teaching as an endeavor that requires flexibility, decision-making, personal reflection, collaboration, linkage of research and theory to classroom practice, and both leadership and service orientations.
Students who successfully complete the MAT exhibit an understanding of the liberal arts tradition, are committed to the profession, are dedicated to continuous learning, model ethical sensitivity and mutual respect, communicate the joy of learning, foster the growth of learning communities, and are prepared to encourage, equip, and empower all students.
The MAT program offers students five areas in which to earn initial licensure:
For a complete listing of MAT requirements, policies and procedures please refer to the Graduate Catalog (pdf).