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Education, Teaching & Health

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. 

Degree Requirements

  • 57 credit hours of approved graduate coursework with a
    cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • Students must complete 9 credit hours in the education core courses, 12 credit hours in secondary education, 6 credit hours of student teaching, 3 credit hours of electives, 9 credit hours in peace and conflict resolution core courses to receive the MAT.
  • Students must complete 9 credit hours in peace and conflict resolution core courses, 3 credit hours in economics, 6 credit hours in methodology, 6 credit hours of electives, 3 credit hours in a capstone experience, and 12 credit hours in the education core/secondary education track to receive the MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  • In addition to intensive coursework 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.
  • SIS Capstone experience: demonstration of critical thinking, research and writing skills through completion of a master’s thesis, substantial research paper requirement, or practicum. All courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be passed with a grade of B or better.
    Thesis: 6 credit hours of thesis credit and submission of the thesis
    Substantial research paper requirement: 3 credit hours
    Practicum: 3 credit hours
  • Evidence of professional experience in the field: Relevant internship or work experience must be certified.
  • Proficiency in a modern foreign language
  • Research competence in English and another language relevant to the student’s career objectives must be certified.
  • Comprehensive examination for MAT
  • Completion of the Praxis II Exam prior to graduation

Course Requirements

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) 

Education Elective (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours of approved elective coursework in education

Student Teaching (6 credit hours)

  • EDU-699 Student Teaching Seminar in Professional Practice (6) 

Peace and Conflict Resolution (9 credit hours)

  • SIS-606 Culture and Peace and Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence (3)
  • SIS-607 Peace Paradigms (3)
  • SIS-609 Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Theory and Practice (3) 

Economics (3 credit hours)

  • ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory (3) or SIS-673 Comparative Political Economy (3) or an approved course in economics (3)

Social Science Research 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)
SIS Electives (6 credit hours)
  • 6 credit hours selected from skills workshops, internship for credit, master's thesis requirement, or other elective courses from School of International Service 

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)  

  • SIS-797 Master’s Thesis Supervision (3-6) (may include 3 elective credit hours) or Substantial research paper or practicum requirement

Application Deadline

The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, though to be considered for a merit award applications must be received by February 1.

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