Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education

Major: SE
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in Secondary Education leads to certification in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Space Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies Education (grades 8-12)

Business Education leads to certification in grades 5-12. World Language Education (Spanish and French) leads to certification in grades P-12.


Initial Assessment: Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies & Teacher Education; minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 2.75; minimum GRE scores as required by EPSB; Praxis II content exam registration and/or scores; three letters of recommendation; professional statement; signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines; Bachelor’s degree with major in content area or appropriate prerequisite courses; "C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication course; acceptable interview.

CoursesCredit Hours
*EDTP 602 Exploring Teaching Within the Socio-Cultural Context of P-12 Schools3
*ECPY 607 Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development3
*EDTP 501 General Methods3
(NOTE: The above three courses must be taken prior to Methods Course)
Choose from one of the following courses (3 credit hours):33
*EDTP 622 High School English Methods
*EDTP 623 High School Math Methods
*EDTP 624 High School Science Methods
*EDTP 625 High School Social Studies Methods
*EDTP 628 Business Methods 5-12
*EDTP 629 World Language Methods P-123
*EDSP 545 Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom 33

Mid-Point Assessment: Prior to Student Teaching: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; No lower than 2.0 in content methods class; within 3 credits of meeting content requirements; ECPY 607 and EDTP 501, 602, and content methods courses passed; satisfactory mid-point teacher performance assessment (TPA); positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

Choose one of the following courses (6 credit hours)6
*EDTP 619 Student Teaching High School
*EDTP 618 Student Teaching: Middle and High School
*EDTP 677 Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 23

Certification Assessment: After Student Teaching: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all certification course work* completed with 2.5 cumulative GPA; 2.5 cumulative GPA in content course requirements; 2.0 or higher in student teaching; satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA); passing scores on PRAXIS content and PLT exams; positive recommendation from Middle/Secondary Program Committee.

Academic support course1:
EDTP 503 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence13
EDTP 620 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum13
Choose the technology course 1 appropriate for your content certification area:3
EDTP 580 Digital Citizenship (English, Social Studies, Business, World Lang)
EDTP 581 Technology Applications for Mathematics Teaching (Math)
EDTP 582 Technology Applications for Science Teaching (Science)
1 Can be taken at any point in the program.
2 Must be taken concurrently with student teaching.
3 Must be taken concurrently.
Minimum total credit hours

Content courses remaining to complete certification requirements:

Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program course work completed with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two “C’s” in degree courses); satisfactory certification teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements.


Jenny Bay-Williams

Chair of Middle and Secondary Education Department

Peggy Brooks

Coordinator of KTIP Program

James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Lateefah Id-Deen

Assistant Professor

Tasha Laman
Associate Professor

Director of the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education

Ann Larson

Dean of the College of Education and Human Development

Sheron Mark

Assistant Professor

Justin McFadden

Assistant Professor

Maggie McGatha
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Middle and Secondary Education Department

Danna Morrison

Coordinator of Field and Clinical Placements

Susan Peters

Associate Professor

Caroline Sheffield

Associate Professor

Steve Swan

Coordinator of Instructional Technology Program

Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor

Thomas Tretter

Director of Gheens Science Center and Rauch Planetarium

Jean Wolph