Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Keisha Kibler
Assistant Professor of Education
311 Education Building
304-367-4394
Keisha.Kibler@fairmontstate.edu

Join an extraordinary group of educators who are dedicated to improving lives and shaping the future through the transformative power of education.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Arts in Teaching program is to prepare teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet West Virginia teaching licensure requirements and obtain teacher certification in comprehensive and secondary content areas. The MAT program will provide teacher candidates with an interdisciplinary curriculum and collaborative field experiences/clinical practice in order to assure a quality graduate for employability.

Program Overview

Fairmont State's online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is ideal for those who already have a bachelor's degree or higher in liberal arts (e.g., English, Social Studies, Spanish), fine arts (e.g., Art), scientific fields (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, General Science), or health fields (e.g., Exercise Science) and are interested in becoming a licensed teacher. The online program is designed to ensure candidates have acquired the competencies and expertise to be effective educators. The program provides the professional education courses and clinical experiences - including full-time student teaching - necessary to prepare candidates for teaching in a specific content area in grades PreK-Adult, 5-Adult, or 9-Adult (see Specializations for a list of all certification options). An endorsement in Special Education may be added to the MAT degree after the initial license is earned.

For those candidates who have earned an undergraduate degree in a content area, all undergraduat coursework in the content area is waived, except for the methods course.

For those candidates who have not earned an undergraduate degree in a content area, some additional undergraduate courses may be required for content area proficiency.

MAT Pre-Admission Requirements

These candidates applying to the MAT program must:

  • Transcript Analysis: Request a transcript analysis from the Office of Certification to evaluate courses from the undergraduate degree against the requirements for licensure in the secondary content specialization areas offered through Fairmont State (see contact information below).
  • Content Coursework: Satisfactorily complete 75% of the coursework in the candidate's teaching field. Non-degree students may take courses and then apply to the MAT program upon completion of the pre-requisites.

MAT Admission Requirements for Applicants with an Undergraduate Degree in a Content Area

  • Submit admissions application to the Office of Admissions. Online application can be found at https://www.fairmontstate.edu/apply
  • Pay $50 application fee along with application
  • Submit official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions
  • Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA
  • Report a Praxis II Content Test passing score.
    • Please contact the Program Coordinator for questions about the Praxis II Content Exam

MAT Pre-Admission Requirements for Applicants without an Undergraduate Degree in a Content Area

These candidates applying to the MAT program must:

  • Transcript Analysis: Request a transcript analysis from the Office of Certification to evaluate courses from the undergraduate degree against the requirements for licensure in the secondary content specialization areas offered through Fairmont State (see contact information below).
  • Content Coursework: Satisfactorily complete 75% of the coursework in the candidate's teaching field. Non-degree students may take courses and then apply to the MAT program upon completion of the pre-requisites.

MAT Full Admission Requirements

  • Submit admissions application to the Office of Admissions. Online application can be found at https://www.fairmontstate.edu/apply
  • Pay $50 application fee along with application
  • Submit official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions
  • Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA
  • Report a Praxis II Content Test passing score.
    • Please contact the Program Coordinator for questions about the Praxis II Content Exam

Application Deadlines

  • Rolling admission. Apply any time!

Program Cost

Online graduate tuition = $464 per credit hour