Program Highlights & Benefits
Synchronous online format for flexibility and convenience
16 month completion time, including breaks
Become professionally certified in your district while earning a Master's degree
Saturday classes won't interfere with your work week
- paraprofessionals who have a bachelor’s degree
- career-changing professionals with a bachelor’s degree
- teachers who hold a Provisional certificate and want to earn an Induction certificate at the master’s degree level.
What You Learn
The curriculum provides both knowledge of the content and instructional strategies required of PK-5 educators. Instead of completing a traditional undergraduate teaching preparation program, the MAT in Elementary Education allows a person to obtain certification in grades PK-5 while completing an advanced degree. Graduates of this program will enter the profession at the master’s degree level (T5) and garner a higher compensation than those who enter at the bachelor’s degree level.
How You Learn
Students coming to this program may be working full-time in schools or another career, so we understand that our program must be both high-quality as well as flexible. Because highly experienced faculty deliver courses in the MAT in Elementary Education synchronously and asynchronously online, students will be a part of an educational program tailored to meet their personal and professional needs. We employ a cohort model with Summer and Fall semester courses meeting for 16 weeks every other week on Saturdays, with independent online coursework in the off weeks. In the Summer semester, courses will meet each Saturday for 8 weeks. Field experiences will be offered in localities where students live. The MAT in Elementary Education requires 48 credit hours.*
*Applicants who have passed the Content/Professional Elementary Education GACE Exam are exempted from 9 credit hours/3 classes, bringing total credit hours down to 39
Students must report a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 or an identified writing deficiency may be considered for provisional admission. Provisionally admitted students may be required to take one or more writing classes prior to or during the first semester. Decisions about additional admission requirements are determined by the University Graduate Council after a complete review of all materials presented by the applicant.
Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a Master’s degree and initial certification (level T-5) in elementary education (grades PK-5).
|RSC 600||Intro to Graduate Programs||3|
|EDU 605||Foundations of Instruction||3|
|EDU 606||Clinical Practice I||3|
|EDU 607||Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Content Knowledge||3|
|EDU 608||Clinical Practice II||3|
|EDU 609||Leadership, Collaboration, and Advocacy in Education||3|
|EDU 620||Applying Technology for Effective Instruction||3|
|EDU 626||Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|EDU 623||Educational Assessment and Decision-Making||3|
|EDU 624||Collaborative Classrooms Through Social Emotional Learning||3|
|EDU 625||Diversity and Exceptionality in the 21st Century Classroom||3|
|EDU 656||Patterns of Practice in ELA||3|
|EDU 652||Teaching Reading||3|
|EDU 660*||Social Studies Curriculum||3|
|EDU 670*||Mathematics Curriculum Development||3|
|EDU 680*||Science Curriculum Development||3|
*Applicants who have passed the Elementary Ed. Content Exam will be exempt from these courses
This course outline is tentative and is subject to change. Courses may be offered in a different order than outlined above.