MAT Program Requirements

The MAT program is designed to develop highly competent and caring professionals to serve in educational leadership roles. Both the online program and the on campus program are designed around five core principles. However, these principles are addressed through different strategies within the two programs. The five core principles are the following:

  • One Year 'apprenticeship' in secondary classrooms preparing teacher candidates to teach in both large, traditional high school settings and small learning communities, such as Freshman Academies and Early Colleges.
  • An emphasis on broad issues of diversity, including the development of culturally responsive pedagogy, serving students with special needs, and teaching English Language Learners.
  • A focus on strong content preparation, effective curriculum design, and leadership training and development.
  • 'Cohort' model that builds on the value of group support and reflection through shared and meaningful interdisciplinary experiences.
  • Global connections to the high school curriculum and overall secondary experience.

The 33-semester hours program is comprised of 27 semester hours in professional education competency areas and 6 hours in the academic specialization. The M.A.T. in Secondary Education is offered in the following specialties: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. (Spanish for licensure grades K-12 is under consideration).

1. Core (9 hours)

  • SEC 510 Diverse Learners and Special Needs (3)
  • SEC 520 Instructional Design, Technology, and Leadership (3)
  • SEC 528 Secondary School Organization (3) (includes 20 hours of field experience)

2. Pedagogical Expertise (6 hours)

  • SEC 503-06 Methods Courses (3) (includes 30 hours of field experience)
  • SEC 511 ESL Concepts for Secondary Teachers (3)

3. Professional Development (12 hours)

  • SEC 500 Field Experience in Secondary Schools (3)
  • SEC 509 Internship in Secondary Schools (6 )
  • SEC 521 Seminar on Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (3)

Academic Specialization
All content area courses must be approved by advisor

A. ENGLISH-(3 hours)

  • One Course - Advisor Recommendations (3)

B. HISTORY -(3 hours)

  • One Course - Advisor Recommendations (3)

C. MATHEMATICS -(3 hours)

  • One Course - Advisor Recommendations (3)

D. SCIENCE -(3 hours)

  • One Course - Advisor Recommendations (3)