Master of Arts in Teaching

[1] Objectives

The College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program created especially for individuals without teaching credentials who have earned baccalaureate degrees in specific content areas and want to become teachers in an expeditious fashion. The MAT is a 36-hour graduate degree program with three tracks: P–4, Middle, & Secondary. Tailored to accommodate most working students’ schedules, this program involves a 27-hour core plus 9 hours of required courses within the selected track that can be completed in five semesters including fall, spring, and summer sessions.

[2] Admission, Retention, and Exit Requirements

Effective June 1, 2012, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program will evaluate candidates in the MAT program at the following points in their programs of study: 1) admission, 2) petition for candidacy, 3) application for internship, and 4) graduation. Candidates will be reviewed for their academic and dispositional performance in the program. Academic requirements include grade point average and reporting of successful test scores (GRE, Praxis). Dispositional performance will be evaluated using the disposition rubric designed by MAT faculty and implemented program-wide.

Candidates not meeting the required academic performance criteria (including minimum GPA and test scores) and/or not demonstrating appropriate dispositions will be counseled by a faculty committee to be comprised of the program director, the candidate’s advisor, and faculty who have interacted with the candidate in class settings. Decisions regarding professional and ethical conduct will be guided by the professional and ethical conduct policy adopted by the professional education unit licensure programs and College of Education degree and licensure programs. These candidates may be required to complete professional growth plans. Failure to meet the guidelines of the professional growth plan may be cause for dismissal from the MAT program.

[3] Guidelines for MAT

In addition to the general application and GPA requirements of the UCA Graduate School, applicants must complete a separate MAT application and supply evidence of the following items.  Specific instructions can be found on the MAT application.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 overall or a 2.50 overall with a 3.0 on the last 60 hours.  (official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework must be submitted from all institutions attended).
  • Completion of UCA’s graduate school application, fee, and qualify for graduate admission.
  • Completion of the MAT application.
  • Passing minimum Praxis I scores (Mathematics 171, Reading 172, Writing 173) or established cut scores on the GRE (Verbal 142, Quantitative 142, and Analytical Writing 3.5).  Candidates must meet minimum requirements on all parts of one of these assessments for admission with full qualifications.  Without passing scores, students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Minimum state scores on the Praxis II content area examination (by end of the second semester).
  • Two professional references.
  • Petition of Candidacy (after 9 hours).
  • A satisfactory Criminal Background Check (if teaching while completing initial licensure).
  • ADE Non-Traditional Licensure application (if teaching while completing initial licensure).

Programs in the PEU that lead to licensure/certification relating to P-12 schools require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis exam (s) and satisfactory completion of all key assessments identified by the program area.  Candidates cannot complete their program unless both of these criteria have been met.  Individual programs may have additional exit requirements.

[4] Programs of Study

[4.1] MAT Core Courses (27 credit hours)

MAT     5310   Analysis and Practice of Teaching
MAT     5320   Theory and Practice of Classroom Management
MAT     6310   Pedagogy for Diverse Student Populations
ASTL   6380   Research Methods
MAT     6311   Classroom Assessment
MAT     6312   Principles of Child and Adolescent Development and Learning
MAT     5390   Practicum MAT
MAT     6699   Internship MAT

All candidates regardless of licensure level will complete the core courses. Candidates will then select either the P-4 Track or the Middle/Secondary/P-8 & 7-12 Track and complete requirements for that track as indicated below.

[4.2] P-4 Track Courses (3 courses – 9 credit hours)

MAT     6314   Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
MAT     6338   Advanced Instructional & Assessment Strategies for Young Children
MAT     6374   Curriculum Rationale for Early Childhood Education

[4.3] Note: The following additional coursework is required for Arkansas State Licensure

HIST    3310  Social Science Concepts in Arkansas History, OR
HIST    5355  The Role of Arkansas in the Nation, AND
ECSE  5320  Principles & Practices of Reading and Writing Strategies

[4.4] Middle/Secondary/P-8 & 7-12 Track (3 courses – 9 credit hours)

MAT     6302   Models of Teaching
MAT     6320   Literacy Seminar for Teachers
MAT     5303   Middle School Psychology, Philosophy, & Organization
A Specialized Content Methods/Curriculum course from an academic department approved by MAT advisor

[4.5] Note: The following additional coursework is required for Arkansas State Licensure

HIST     5355   Arkansas History (Middle Level Licensure and Secondary Social Studies)
ECSE  5320   Principles & Practices of Reading and Writing Strategies (Middle Level Licensure)

[5] Graduate Courses in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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[6] Graduate Courses in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL)

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[7] Graduate Courses in Early Childhood and Special Education (ECSE)

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