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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Teacher and students

School districts have long sought out SPU-educated teachers for both their competence and their 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 adults. Today, more than half 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. Some courses for students seeking Music, Visual Arts, or Family and Consumer Sciences endorsements may only be offered during the day. Students must also have the flexibility for increased class and field experience time beginning in the middle of the second year of the program.


As a student in the MAT degree program at SPU, you will:

  • Earn a Washington Residency Teacher Certificate.
  • Complete a Master of Arts in Teaching, 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 full-time faculty.
  • 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.
  • Create a personalized Teacher Development Plan.
  • Receive guaranteed enrollment in certification courses.

Program Outline

The program outline includes a description of program components, program schedule, and suggested course sequence. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.

Admission Information

What is required for admission to the MAT program? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program.

Faculty Contact

David W. Denton

Assistant Professor
Graduate Teacher Education Chair

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

Core Faculty

Thinking of Teaching ESL?

The MA-TESOL program and the School of Teaching ESL will offer a free information session on campus in Weter 202 from noon to 1 p.m. on February 25. Learn more about the ELL and Bilingual endorsements offered through the Master of Arts in Teaching program, job requirements for local and overseas jobs, as well as online and on-site course options.

Another information session will be held at the School of Teaching ESL on March 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: 9620 Stone Ave N, Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98103

RSVP through the School of Teaching ESL.

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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.