Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) • West Plains

The MAT program allows students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education to obtain teaching certification in an area of secondary education while earning a master's degree at the same time. A new cohort begins every summer. Certification is currently available in 20 different content areas, but not all certifications are available through this program. Contact the program director for more information.

Suggested course sequence:

Course NumberCourse TitleHoursFormat
Prior to First Semester
Complete content area coursework.
Summer Year 1
SFR 797 Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning 9 Face-to-face
Fall Year 1
SEC 783 Internship in Teaching I 3 Blended
MID* 725 Teaching Early Adolescents 3 Online
PSY 710 Psychology of Education 3 Online or face-to-face
RDG 710 Reading in the Content Fields 3 Online or face-to-face
Spring Year 1
SEC 784 Internship in Teaching II 10 Student teaching
Summer Year 2
EDT 662 Educational Applications of Computers 3 Online
SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education 3 Online or face-to-face
Fall Year 3
SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology 3 Online or face-to-face
Spring Year 3
EDC 786 Seminar in Education 2 Blended

* MID 725 is required for middle school certification except K-12 programs. Students must complete MID725 prior to completing all certification requirements. Otherwise, additional coursework will be required by DESE to earn middle school certification.

This program runs on a four-semester sequence beginning in the summer. The following courses must be taken within the semesters indicated.

SFR 797—summer
SEC 783—fall
SEC 784—spring
The other requirements, PSY 710, RDG 710, EDT 662, and SPE 715 are offered at various times and provide the students flexibility in their schedules to take these courses when it is convenient for them.  However, they must be completed before the student is eligible for teacher certification.
Many students complete the certification portion of the program before beginning the two-semester research portion that completes the master's degree requirement.

For more information about this program, visit the College of Education's Master of Arts in Teaching website.