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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.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is an alternative and accelerated means for college graduates with degrees in liberal arts, fine arts, and professional fields to attain teacher licensure. Designed for both recent graduates who want to enhance their employability and for professionals with a Bachelors degree who are seeking to change careers, the MAT enables candidates to enter the classroom prepared to teach and to qualify for the higher salary level for teachers with a Masters. The program provides the professional education courses and clinical experiences - including 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). The MAT program does not currently offer licensure in Elementary Education or Special Education; however an endorsement in Special Education may be added after the initial license in a content area is earned.
Candidates applying to the MAT program must have:
Once admitted to the MAT program, candidates must complete all remaining required content specialization courses prior to being recommended for licensure by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). In addition to content specialization coursework, MAT candidates also complete 38 credit hours of required graduate program core and professional education coursework, and clinical experiences.
Dr. G. H. Budd Sapp
313 Education Building