Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
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.
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.
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.
Thinking of Teaching ESL?
The School of Teaching ESL (S-TESL), a partner of SPU, will offer a free information session on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. Learn about training opportunities and requirements for local or overseas jobs. Location: S-TESL’s office at 9620 Stone Ave. North, Seattle.
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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.