Course Sequence: Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching

Candidates enrolled in the AMAT program follow a course sequence designed to exceed the demands of today's classrooms. Graduates complete the program with knowledge and skills required for effective teaching, developed through integration of internship experiences, positive peer interdependence, and focused pedagogy for teaching primary and secondary students in a variety of endorsement areas. 

Routes to Certification

Applicants to the AMAT program fit one of these profiles, though all routes require a bachelor's degree.

Route 2: Currently employed school-district or private-school staff members (such as paraeducators, instructional assistants, or education aides) with a minimum of one year of career-related experience

Route 3: Individuals not currently employed by a school district or private school (such as those considering career change)

Route 4: Teachers employed in a public school on a Conditional or Emergency Certificate or teachers employed in private schools

Candidates receive a specific course sequence, depending on endorsement, as they begin the program. The following shows an example sequence for a candidate endorsing in Elementary Education.


EDU 6132 Learners in Context (3)
EDU 6150 General Inquiry, Teaching, and Assessment Methods (3)
EDU 6524  Curriculum Design (3)
EDU 6918 Introduction to Teaching (2)
EDRD 6529 Teaching Reading: Strategies of Instruction (3)
EDU 6130 Classroom Management (3)
EDU 6134  Professional Issues/Abuse (2)
EDU 6945  Residency Student Teaching Internship (5)
EDMA 6432 Elementary Math Methods (3)
EDU 6136 Content Methods (3)
EDU 6945  Residency Student Teaching Internship (5)
EDU 6133 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education (3)
EDU 6139 Internship Seminar (2)
EDU 6945 Residency Student Teaching Internship (5)

MAT degree courses

EDSP 6644  Educating Exceptional Students (3)*
EDTC   Any 6000-level EDTC course* 
EDU 6085  Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)*
EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)*
EDU 6526  Survey of Instructional Strategies (3)*

*indicates a master's component course. Many students choose to complete these courses the summer following certification.

Find information about this Program Overview, Program Outline, Course Sequence, and Admission Information.

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