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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 Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, and 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. 

*EDTP 602  Exploring Teaching Within the Socio-Cultural Context of P-12 Schools 3
*ECPY 607  Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development 3
*EDTP 501  General Methods 3
(NOTE: The above three courses must be taken prior to Methods Course)  
Choose from one of the following courses (3 hours):3 3
*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-12  
*EDSP 545  Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom 3  

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 hours) 6
*EDTP 619  Student Teaching High School  
*EDTP 618  Student Teaching: Middle and High School  
*EDTP 677  Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 2  

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 Competence1 3
EDTP 620  Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum1 3
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 hours 36

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.

Departmental Faculty

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Department Chair

Peggy Brooks

Instructor, KTIP Coordinator

William S. Bush   

Director of Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development

Janet Calvert

Coordinator of Alternative Certification Program

James Chisholm

Assistant Professor

Betty Doyle


Maxine Elliott

Coordinator Field and Clinical Experiences

John Finch


Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Pam Jett


Ann Larson   


Maggie McGatha   
Associate Professor

Assistant Department Chair

Danna Morrison   

Coordinator of Field & Clinical Placements

Susan Peters   

Assistant Professor

Caroline Sheffield   

Assistant Professor

Melissa Shirley   

Assistant Professor

Steve Swan


Shelley Thomas   

Assistant Professor

Thomas Tretter   

Director, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium

Jean Wolph
Director, Louisville Writing Project

Contact Information

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