Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution
Graduates receive an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Service and the MAT in secondary education from the School of Education, Teaching and Health.
Admission to the Program
Applicants must hold an accredited bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B+ (3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale) and should have had at least 24 credit hours of social science course work relevant to international studies. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements, if otherwise admissible, are assigned additional course work specified at the time of admission.
Students must apply to both the School of International Service (SIS) and the School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) in the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to either of the participating teaching units in no way implies admission to the other unit. For more information on admissions requirements, contact the SIS Graduate Admissions Office at 202-885-1646 or the SETH Teacher Education Office at 202-885-3716.
All applicants are required to submit results of the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score for full consideration is 600. All applicants must submit two letters of reference evaluating undergraduate academic performance and suitability for graduate study in international affairs and education.
For secondary education certification, students must have a bachelor’s degree or 33 credit hours in the subject area they are seeking licensure. It is anticipated that students who complete the MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution will have sufficient background to meet certification requirements in social studies. However, students who meet requirements for other subject areas will also be considered. Students will be notified at the time of admission concerning additional course work required for state certification.
- 57 credit hours of approved graduate course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00
- Students must complete the 9 credit hours in the education core courses, 12 credit hours in secondary education, 6 credit hours of student teaching, and at least 12 of the 15 credit hours in peace and conflict resolution to receive the MAT
- Students must complete 15 credit hours in peace and conflict resolution, 3 credit hours in economics, 6 credit hours in methodology, 6 credit hours in research and writing, and the 9 credit hours in the education core to receive the MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
- In addition to intensive course work and student teaching placements, students are also required to participate in an educational internship program. These field placements are carefully supervised and coordinated to meet state certification requirements.
- Proficiency in a modern foreign language
- Comprehensive examination in international peace and conflict resolution
- Comprehensive examination for MAT
Education Core (9 credit hours)
- EDU-521 Foundations of Education (3)
- EDU-541 Foundations of Special Education for Exceptional Children (3) or EDU-545 Overview of All Exceptionalities: The Arts in Special Education (3)
- EDU-620 Theories of Educational Psychology and Human Development (3)
Secondary Education Track (12 credit hours)
- EDU-520 Reading, Writing, and Literature across the Curriculum (3)
- EDU-522 Principles of Effective Methods and Instruction (3)
- EDU-540 Methods and Materials in Secondary Education (3) (or other approved methods courses)
- EDU-662 Classroom Management (3)
Student Teaching (6 credit hours)
- EDU-699 Student Teaching (6)
Peace and Conflict Resolution (15 credit hours)
- SIS-605 Theory of Cooperative Global Politics (3)
- SIS-606 Culture and Peace and Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence (3)
- SIS-609 Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Theory and Practice (3)
- SIS-610 Theory of Conflict, Violence and War (3)
Economics (3 credit hours)
- ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory (3)
Methodology (6 credit hours)
- SIS-600 Quantitative Analysis in International Affairs (3) or SIS-619 Special Studies in International politics: Advances Statistics, Research Design, and Research Methods for International Affairs (3)
- SIS-612 Research Seminar in Peace and Conflict Resolution (3) or SIS-639 Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3) (total of 3 credit hours) or other approved course work (3)
Research and Writing Requirement (6 credit hours)
- SIS-691 Internship (3)
- SIS-795 Master’s Research Requirement (3) substantial research paper (SRP)