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Master of Arts in Teaching

School districts have long sought SPU-educated teachers for both their competence and character. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program was created to integrate teacher certification with a master's degree in a two-year program for working professionals. Today, more than two-thirds of the candidates SPU recommends to the state of Washington for a Residency Teacher Certificate have completed a master's degree program.

Who Should Pursue This Degree

If you hold an undergraduate degree and want to earn both teaching certification and a master's degree concurrently, then this program may be right for you.

Designed for working professionals, most courses within the MAT program are offered in the late afternoons and evenings. The program includes a 40-hour spring field experience and a 20-hour autumn field experience. Full-time, supervised internship begins February during the second year of the program.


Teacher candidates in the MAT program at SPU

  • Earn a Washington Residency Teacher Certificate
  • Complete a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, which offers greater teaching expertise and a higher position on the salary scale
  • Progress through the program with fellow students in a cohort
  • Enjoy personalized advising and mentoring from faculty and staff
  • Gain skills and knowledge in the use of instructional and management strategies
  • Take part in field-based experiences with diverse learners, culminating in an extended school-site teaching experience
  • Learn from technology instruction embedded in the curriculum
  • Receive guaranteed enrollment in certification courses

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components, schedule, coursework, and internship. The official degree requirements for this program are shown in the SPU Graduate Catalog according to the year candidates are admitted.

Admission Information

What is required for admission to the MAT program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures.

Faculty Chair

David W. Denton

Director of Assessment; Assistant Professor; Graduate Teacher Education Chair

Phone: 206-281-2504
Office: Peterson Hall 403

Did You Know?

Help IconThe SPU School of Education offers one-year alternative route teaching programs, including ARC and MTMS.

Thinking of Teaching ESL?

The School of Teaching ESL (9620 Stone Avenue North, Seattle, Suite 101) will offer a free information session on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the ELL and Bilingual endorsements offered through SPU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, as well as job requirements for local and overseas jobs.

Contact Rhea Connors at (206) 281-2670 for more information.

Jay Maebori

Teacher of the Year

Response magazine talks to Jay Maebori, a 2003 MAT graduate, who traded a career as a sports writer for the classroom — and became Washington's 2011 Teacher of the Year.

2016 MAT Program Interviews

MAT program interviews are tentatively scheduled for April 23, 2016, on the SPU campus. Candidates who pass the initial application review process will be invited to the interviews via the email address provided on the application.