Becoming A Teacher
Our master of arts in teaching degree programs are designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and want to get both a master’s degree and initial teaching certification in their chosen field. The Department of Middle and Secondary Education offers M.A.T. programs in English, English for Speakers of Other Languages, mathematics, middle level education, social studies and science.
An M.A.T. or an M.Ed.?
An M.A.T. leads to initial certification in specific subject areas and grade levels.
An M.Ed. is designed for practicing teachers who want advanced preparation in their field. Teachers who pursue an M.Ed. in an area in which they already hold certification, will qualify for a certification upgrade to a Level T5 upon graduation.
M.A.T. graduates can become:
- Grades six through 12 content area teachers
- Grades four through eight middle level teachers in two content areas
- Prekindergarten through 12th-grade English as Second Language (ESOL)/Reading teachers
M.Ed. graduates can become:
- Leaders in their content fields
- Reading Specialists
- Mentors for preservice and novice teachers