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Master of Arts in Teaching

Course Description


The Texas Woman’s University Master of Arts in Teaching degree is especially designed to prepare individuals with a bachelor’s degree for initial teacher certification while also earning a master’s degree. TWU’s MAT program meets the teacher certification standards established by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

The degree is intended for those individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in some field other than education and want to obtain teacher certification while at the same time earning a master’s degree. The MAT consists of a minimum of 32 hours, although more hours may be required if an individual needs leveling classes in a particular teaching field, or needs additional classes in order to pass the state teacher certification exam (TExES) in a particular content area. Currently, teaching certification is available through the MAT in the following teaching fields:

Early Childhood–Grade 6: Bilingual Generalist; ESL Generalist; Special Education Generalist.
Grades 4-8: Bilingual Generalist; English, Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics; Social Studies; Science; ESL Generalist; Special Education Generalist.
Grades 8-12: Biology; Mathematics; English; History; Social Studies; Dance; Computer Science.
Grades 6-12: Family and Consumer Science.
Early Childhood-Grade 12: Health Education; Theatre Arts; Music; Physical Education; Visual Arts

TWU’s MAT curriculum gives graduate students a deeper understanding of their content field. The program develops teachers who are reflective practitioners with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. The MAT program focuses on:

The multiple roles of a teacher as a researcher/scholar/practitioner
Theory and research-based practices for curriculum design and instruction
Increased content knowledge needed for instruction
Application of appropriate technology in education
Assessment of teaching and learning
Understanding of socio-cultural and learning differences among students
Collaborative leadership to improve schools.
For more information about admissions or specific program requirements see Admissions or Program Requirements

Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted to the MAT program you will need to meet the following criteria:A Bachelor’s DegreeA 3.0 or higher GPA on the last 60 semester hours of college workA 2.75 or higher GPA on all previous college work as of 9-1-2013A completed applicationGraduates of universities outside of the United States where English is not the language of instruction must pass the speaking portion of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a score of at least 26 if your coursework for the previously completed degree was not delivered in English.

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