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Graduate Programs

  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers two graduate programs:

    A crucial decision to make once you have chosen teaching as a career is the level and/or subject area that best fits your skills, interests, and educational background. While it’s wise to have a good idea about the level and subject you would like to teach, we encourage you to keep an open mind and explore various school settings throughout your preliminary coursework. 

    Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

    The M.A.T. is designed for individuals who already possess a baccalaureate degree in a non-education field and would now like to become certified to teach. Often, these students are referred to as career-changers because they are choosing to teach after having experienced a different career path.

    There are three different concentrations with the M.A.T.:

    Master of Arts in Urban Education / Teaching and Learning (M.A.)

    The M.A. in Urban Education/Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools is designed as professional development for teachers who have at least one full year of experience teaching in a K-12 classroom. Coursework is interdisciplinary and addresses the special challenges that arise in urban settings, in particular the need for culturally-responsive instruction and assessment, and strategies for classroom management. Special attention is paid to effects of race, class, language, and gender on achievement and how social, economic, and political conditions influence classrooms.

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