Master of Arts in Teaching
If you’re looking for a career change and are interested in becoming a teacher, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) could be the answer.
Teachers are in demand
Teaching could not only be a rewarding career for you personally, but also could fill a great need for teachers throughout Texas and the nation. Reports indicate the national teacher shortage is growing larger. In Texas, the state education agency has identified teacher shortage areas — most of which are options in both the MAT and Certification-only programs — as well as loan forgiveness opportunities.
MAT Degree Program
If you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, you can gain initial teacher certification and earn a graduate degree at the same time. The MAT degree meets teacher certification standards set by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and is accredited by the Texas Education Agency.
TWU provides a high-quality education within a flexible framework in the MAT program, enabling you to balance demands of both your personal and professional life. The MAT is highly flexible to meet student's needs. There are options to take courses in a hybrid model or even fully online.
All courses are taught by faculty members who have years of experience in every aspect of teaching. The program produces teachers who have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills by focusing on:
- Multiple roles of a teacher as a researcher/scholar/practitioner
- Theory- and research-based practices for curriculum and instruction
- Increased content knowledge needed for instruction
- Applying appropriate technology in education
- Assessment of teaching and learning
- Socio-cultural and learning differences among students
- Collaborative leadership to improve schools
Program of Study and Admission Requirements
Admission to the M.A.T. (Interdisciplinary)
MAT Program Director
Fall – July 15
Spring – November 1
Summer – April 1
- Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought, unless certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or
- 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought if the certification sought is for mathematics or science at or above Grade 7; or
- a passing score on the appropriate TX PACT examination
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university;
- A 2.75 cumulative GPA on all coursework on the last conferred bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework (includes all coursework taken even if it did not count for your initial degree);
- Demonstrate English language proficiency by fulfilling one of the following requirements;
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, not including US Territories;
- Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States approved by the State for Educator Certification (SBEC); or
- Verification of minimum scaled scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). To have scores submitted directly to TEA use the agency code 8225. Minimum scores: Speaking-24, Listening-22, Reading-22, Writing-21.
- Background checks will be required for early field experiences, student teaching experiences, and for certification in the state of Texas. Teacher candidates pay all fees incurred. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony must identify themselves on the criminal background application form. Applicants who fail to disclose a personal felony conviction will be removed from the educator preparation program. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and would like to check your eligibility for teaching, you can go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. On this page, you will find a Preliminary Criminal History Review for Educator Certification Candidates for a non-refundable fee. This service will allow those individuals who are contemplating obtaining a Texas Teacher Certificate in the future, the opportunity to have a review of an existing criminal history performed by agency staff.
Failure to provide any documentation upon request by an agency, program, or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete field experiences and the requirements for the TWU Educator Preparation Program Education.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Complete the application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
- Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee.
- Successfully complete a pre-admission interview with an interview panel.
- Sign a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics.
- Applicants who are offered admission must acknowledge and accept admission to the Educator Preparation Program.
Colleges and universities recommend individuals for teacher certification, but certification is granted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Requirements for initial teacher certification in Texas include earning a baccalaureate degree, completing an approved educator preparation program, passing a minimum of two examinations — one in content and one that covers instruction and professional responsibilities (Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility exams) — and being recommended by an approved educator preparation program.
The teacher certification process in Texas is an online system; paper applications are not accepted. Please note: It is your responsibility to apply for certification through TEA. It cannot be initiated by the university. This should be done toward the end of your final semester in the MAT program, just prior to graduation.
MAT Certification Options
Elementary School Options
- EC-6 Core Subjects
- EC-6 Core Subjects with Bilingual
- EC-6 Core Subjects with English as a Second Language (ESL)
- EC-6 Core Subjects with Special Education
Middle School Options
- 4-8 Core Subjects
- 4-8 Core Subjects with Bilingual
- 4-8 Core Subjects with English as a Second Language (ESL)
- 4-8 Core Subjects with Special Education
- 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading
- 4-8 Math
- 4-8 Social Studies
- 4-8 Science
Grades 6-12 Options
- Family & Consumer Science
- Physical Science
Grades 7-12 Options
- Composite Science
- English Language Arts and Reading
- Life Science
- Social Studies
Grades 8-12 Options
- Hospitality, Nutrition, Food, and Science
- Human Development and Family Studies
- Physical Education
- Theatre Arts
NOTE: For EC-12 Music, contact Vicki Baker (email@example.com) in the music department for details.
Jean Ann Joest, PhD
MAT/PBITC Program Director
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