The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Science Education is an 18-month program leading to both a master‘s degree as well as teacher certification via the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The program is designed for professionals and recent college graduates who already hold a degree in a scientific discipline and who wish to teach science in either a middle school or high school. Students will complete a sequence of six courses to teach research-based principles of safe and effective science instruction followed by a 12-week student teaching practicum. Students will also complete and present a research project and comprehensive teaching portfolio.
Program Delivery The 30-credit MAT can be completed in 18 months. It is designed to meet the needs of working professionals by delivering courses through a combination of online interactions, videoconferencing, and face-to-face meetings. Cohorts of 10-15 students will move together through a sequence of six modules. Each module will be three credit hours. Face-to-face meetings will be just one Saturday per month and you can choose between coming to campus in Shippensburg or the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.
At the beginning of the program, students will be assigned an experienced science teacher in a local school as a mentor and approximately 25 hours of observation and co-teaching per module will be required. During the 12-week student teaching practicum (12 crs.), students will implement principles from the modules and assume responsibilities for planning, instruction, and assessment. Two capstone projects, a professional portfolio and the results of a research project, will be presented at the end of the program.
MAT Admission Requirements Applicants must: - Have earned a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline from a regionally accredited institution. - Have official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts sent to Shippensburg University. - Submit a completed application including a statement of intent summarizing their motivations and goals for entering the teaching profession. - Two letters of recommendation. - Achieve passing scores on two teacher certification exams that are required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and Praxis II Subject Assessment. More information can be found at the Educational Testing Services website (www.ets.org). Applicants may be conditionally admitted if PRAXIS scores are pending.
The MAT is designed for students that already have content expertise in a scientific discipline that is consistent with one or more of the secondary (grades 7-12) licensure areas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, Environmental Science, and General Science. Applicants may also pursue Middle Level (grades 4-8) certification. The MAT directors will review each applicant’s transcripts and Praxis examination scores as part of the admissions process. Applicants are encouraged to register for the Praxis examinations as soon as possible and to contact the MAT directors with any questions or concerns. Preparation materials are available on the ETS website and via the program directors. Passing scores on both exams are required for teacher certification.
Have earned a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline from a regionally accredited institution (See course description for additional information)