MAT Program: Overview | Kent State University

 


Teaching fields

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 Science (licensure in all science areas)
  • Life Sciences (biology)
  • Life Sciences / Chemistry (dual licensure in biology & chemistry)
  • Chemistry / Physics (dual licensure)
  • Earth Sciences

In addition, multi-age licensure (pre-K through grade 12) is available in these areas:

 


Outline of the eleven-month intensive program

Summer consists of 4 or 5 courses. This coursework prepares students in the background in educational foundations, Educational Psychology, and general methods required to be successful in the classroom. In addition, 40 hours of field experiences in school settings will occur.

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 clinical field experiences at Kent State University.

Spring semester consists of full-time student teaching and 6 hours of courses. During student teaching, students assume the classroom responsibilities of their mentor teacher. The mentor and KSU student work together to discuss planning, classroom management, and professional development issues. In addition to student-teaching, students take two college courses: Seminar in Secondary Teaching and Action Research.

 


Outline of the two-year program

Summer I consists of 3 graduate courses. These include coursework in principles of secondary teaching, educational psychology, and a seminar with field-based observations and teaching activities. In addition, undergraduate coursework to fulfill licensure requirements will be completed.

Fall I includes 1-2 graduate courses consisting of theories and practices of teaching discipline specific literacies. In addition, undergraduate coursework to fulfill licensure requirements will be completed.

Spring I consists of a graduate course on differentiating instruction. Undergraduate coursework to fulfill licensure requirements will also be completed.

Summer II consists of 2-3 graduate courses related to the cultural foundations of education and the role of culture in secondary school settings. Undergraduate coursework to fulfill licensure requirements will also be completed.

Fall II consists of 2-3 graduate courses focused on teaching specific content (i.e., English, Math). All final undergraduate coursework to fulfill licensure requirements must be completed. 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 clinical field experiences at Kent State University.

Spring II semester consists of full-time student teaching and 6 hours of courses. During student teaching, students assume the classroom responsibilities of their mentor teacher. The mentor and the KSU student work together to discuss planning, classroom management, and professional development issues. In addition to student-teaching, students take two graduate courses: Seminar in Secondary Teaching and Action Research.