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Education, Teaching & Health | MAT Program

MA in Teaching Degree Requirements

  • 36-39 credit hours of approved graduate work, including 30-33 hours of course work and 6 hours of student teaching with required seminar.
  • Candidates must, over two semesters, successfully complete
    a practicum (15 hours/week) and student teaching (40
    hours/week) field placement. Evaluation of practicum and
    student teaching will include observations from AU clinical
    faculty and local K-12 teachers.
  • Students’ undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated individually; based on this evaluation, students may be required to take additional course work to meet certification requirements.
  • Option to waive course work: Students with the appropriate prior study or professional experience in the field of education may be permitted to waive up to 6 credit hours of course work without replacement. The waiving of credit hours and the specific courses to be waived are determined and approved by the advisor and the SETH dean upon admission to a master’s program. In addition, one of the following may be required: an assessment provided by an educational institution or organization which has criteria and evaluation procedures approved by the School of Education, Teaching and Health; or a portfolio developed in a one-credit independent study offered by SETH and submitted for evaluation and approval to the advisor and SETH dean.
  • Comprehensive examination 
  • Students submit a professional teaching portfolio 
  • Completion of the Praxis II Exam prior to graduation. Click here for Praxis information.

Course Requirements

All course work must be approved by the director of the MAT program. Evaluation of field performance may involve videotaping of classroom teaching. 

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) or EDU-618 Human Growth and Development across the Life Span (3) 

Student Teaching (6 credit hours)

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

Early Childhood Education (24 credit hours)

  • EDU-609 Effective Teaching for Diverse Students (3) 
  • EDU-619 Children’s Literature: A Critical Literary Perspective (3) 
  • EDU-623 Topics in Literacy Education (3): Literacy, Technology, Media, and the Arts in Early Childhood Education 
  • EDU-625 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • EDU-635 Theory and Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3)
  • 9 credit hours from the following:
  • ANTH-635 Race, Gender and Social Justice (3)
  • EDU-628 Topics in Early Childhood Education (3): Play and Learning 
  • EDU-647 Global and Multicultural Education (3) 
  • SOCY-553 Intersectionality: Theory and Research (3) 
  • TESL-527 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) 

Elementary Education (24 credit hours)

  • EDU-519 Uses of Technology in Education (3) 
  • EDU-601 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-602 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-603 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-604 Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-608 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (3) 
  • EDU-609 Effective Teaching for Diverse Students (3) 
  • EDU-619 Children’s Literature: A Critical Literary Perspective (3) 

Secondary Education (24 credit hours)

  • EDU-520 Reading, Writing, and Literature across the Curriculum (3) 
  • EDU-522 Principles of Effective Methods and Instruction (3) 
  • EDU-540 Methods, Materials, and Management in Secondary Education I (3)
  • EDU-542 Methods, Materials, and Management in Secondary Education II (3) or other approved methods courses
  • Four elective courses (12 credit hours), normally with half taken in the academic discipline of the designated teaching area, and the other courses taken within the School of Education, Teaching and Health. 

K-12 Education in Performing Arts, Art Studio, Spanish, French, Music, or Physical Education (24 credit hours)

  • EDU-520 Reading,Writing, and Literature across the Curriculum (3)
  • EDU-522 Principles of Effective Methods and Instruction (3)
  • EDU-540 Methods,Materials, and Management in Secondary Education I (3) or other approved methods courses
  • EDU-542 Methods, Materials, and Management in Secondary Education II (3) or Other approved methods course
  • 12 credit hours in four elective courses, normally with half taken in the academic discipline of the designated teaching area, and the other courses taken within the School of Education, Teaching and Health.

Bilingual Education (21 credit hours)

  • EDU-522 Principles of EffectiveMethods and Instruction (3)
  • EDU-540 Methods, Materials, and Management in Secondary Education I (3)
  • EDU-650 International Perspectives on Bilingual Education Policy and Practice (3)
  • EDU-651 Social Context of Bilingual Learners (3)
  • TESL-500 Principles of Linguistics (3)
  • TESL-522 Language Acquisition (3)
  • TESL-528 Foundations of Bilingual Education (3)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (24 credit hours)

  • TESL-500 Principles of Linguistics (3) 
  • TESL-501 English Language Teaching I (3) 
  • TESL-502 English Language Teaching II (3) 
  • TESL-503 Structure of English (3) 
  • TESL-523 Second Language Acquisition (3) 
  • TESL-524 Reading and Writing in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) 
  • TESL-527 Cultural Issues in the ESL/EFL Classroom (3) 
  • TESL-531 Language Assessment (3) 

Ongoing Assessment of Academic and Professional Performance

To enroll in EDU-699 Student Teaching, students must receive a positive evaluation from the Teacher Education Committee based on established criteria, a grade of B- or better in EDU-521 Foundations of Education and EDU-620 Theories of Educational Psychology and Human Development, and grades of B or better in methods courses. Students must also earn a passing score (as set by the District of Columbia teacher licensing agency) on the PRAXIS I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). 


Combined Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs. Undergraduate students may complete up to 3 credits for every 9 credits required for the graduate degree that may be applied to the requirements for both degree programs.  The department that oversees the graduate program the student enters will determine if the courses the undergraduate student completes will satisfy master’s degree requirements. Bachelor’s/master’s students must complete at least 18 in-residence credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor’s degree is earned and  maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs. 

This program enables highly qualified students to earn both a BA or a BS in a related discipline and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). 


Requirements

  • Students should apply to the master’s program in the second semester of their junior year. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in major and minor courses and must satisfactorily complete the following: 
  • 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)
  • All requirements for the BA or BS in the student’s major 
  • Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses, including EDU-502, and EDU-541 or EDU-545 to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.
  • All requirements for the MAT, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.  


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. Visit the degree webpage for detailed information.