The Master of Arts in Teaching program is a carefully designed plan of study that fosters students’ professional growth. Experienced teachers who enroll in our MAT program work closely with an education faculty advisor to develop a plan of study. The program allows these teachers to explore the contemporary educational arena and to deepen skills in areas of individual interest. Professional areas of study are negotiated individually and are dependent on course offerings and research opportunities as the students complete their two-semester capstone.
Professional Education Courses
The plan of study consists of 18 hours of required professional education courses. These courses allow teachers to further develop their pedagogical knowledge, learn new strategies for student engagement, and broaden their instructional leadership skills. Professional education courses include extensive study of the historical, political and philosophical backgrounds of American education; the structure, culture and curriculum of secondary schools and their diverse students; and the developmental psychology of children and adolescents. These courses and their related field observations serve as the foundation for the seminars in teaching and curriculum development, which not only offer instructional methods but also close examination of the epistemologies and ways of learning that characterize the subject.
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Next, students engage in 12 hours of advanced electives. You have two specialization options:
Specialization in Instructional Leadership
In our instructional leadership pathway, emphasis is on pedagogy for diverse learners and the development of teachers as leaders.
Specialization in Organizational Leadership
In our organizational leadership pathway, emphasis is on equipping students with transformational leadership skills required of successful education change makers. This pathway includes a state of Texas Principal Certification.
You may choose to take additional professional education courses or courses to support your academic content specialization.
Master of Arts in Teaching for Experienced Teachers Plan of Study (36 credit hours)
Professional Education Courses (18 credit hours)
Race, Class, Gender in Education
Teaching and Learning with Inquiry
Teaching Diverse Learners
Literacy Across the Curriculum
Instructional Leadership Specialization (12 credit hours)
Capstone I and II (6 credit hours)
Organizational Leadership Specialization* (12 credit hours)
Practicum for Principals I
Practicum for Principals II
Professional Education Electives (6 credit hours)
*Includes State of Texas Principal Certification
Educational Research Opportunities
Required professional education courses for the degree will cover important topics in education such as teaching diverse learners, teaching and learning with inquiry, educational technologies and digital learning, literacy across the curriculum, authentic assessments, and instructional leadership. Additionally, teachers will be able to select several elective courses to either deepen their academic content knowledge or further their knowledge of professional education issues. The plan of study culminates with a two-semester capstone experience.
The capstone, in conjunction with other course offerings, aims to deepen the knowledge and practice of our professional teachers in a particular area and to prepare them to serve as educational leaders in a variety of contexts. This two-semester course is a candidate’s demonstration of particular expertise.
Candidates will select a chairperson to help guide them through the preparation of the capstone. Upon completion, the experienced teacher will defend her/his work before an academic committee.
To ensure success in and accessibility of the program experience, sessions are offered in the fall, spring and summer. All required courses for this degree are offered in the evenings, on Saturdays or in a blended format. As students begin their plans of study, they will work closely with their own academic advisor to chart their movement through the program.
Evening courses are offered once per week for 15 weeks. Saturday classes meet in the fall or spring semesters. Additionally, many of our courses utilize the Canvas platform and Blackboard Collaborate, a web conferencing tool, to enhance the face-to-face instruction – allowing for a blended learning environment and greater flexibility in course instruction and delivery.
Each course earns three credit hours towards the 36-hour MAT. The program can be completed in three years if a student takes 12 hours each year.
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