Master of Arts in Teaching
The MAT program is a graduate-level program designed to meet a growing need for highly qualified high school teachers, grades 7-12, and multi-age teachers (pre-K through grade 12). This accelerated program is offered to promising bachelor's degree holders who were not education majors and now desire to become teachers.
The MAT program offers Adolescent / Young Adult Education licensure (grades 7-12) in the following teaching fields:
- Integrated Social Studies
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Life Science / Chemistry
- Chemistry / Physics
- Earth Sciences
In addition, multi-age licensure (pre-K through grade 12) is available in:
- Foreign Language: (French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish )
- Visual Arts
This graduate program is very intensive, in both time and effort. It is intended to be a 12-month program of full time graduate work AND many hours of practicum work in schools. It cannot be done part-time and it is not recommended that students try to work during this program.
Outline of the program:
The MAT students are organized in a cohort group, which is small in number in order to ensure a better overall professional preparation. Students are mixed across content/licensure areas early in the program to promote an exchange of diverse perspectives, with regard to the environment and needs of secondary school students. During the fall semester, students are generally grouped by content areas.
Summer consists of 5 courses. This coursework prepares students in the background in foundations, Education Psychology, and general methods required to be successful in the classroom.
Fall Semester consists of between 15 and 18 semester hours of courses, focused on teaching specific content (for example, mathematics or art). In addition to these courses, there is a 100-hour field practicum required at a school, which is arranged by a faculty advisor and the office of field experiences at Kent State University.
During the spring semester, a full time internship is arranged. Students assume the classroom responsibilities of their mentor. The mentor and KSU student work together to discuss planning, classroom management, and professional development issues. Students are usually at their school from 7AM to 3PM and are responsible for grading and planning. In addition, students take two college classes: Seminar in Secondary Teaching and Action Research.