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Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is focused on preparing teachers to be successful through academic success and developing cultural competence and sociopolitical consciousness. We focus on developing teacher identity, content integration, knowledge construction, equity pedagogy, prejudice reduction, and empowering school and learner culture. 

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program requires 46 semester hours of credit (11.5 Colorado College units), divided between graduate level courses and a one-year field experience. Students begin the program in early June of every year and complete all degree requirements the following July.

The courses for the MAT Program are:

First Summer

  • ED553 Action Research Methods for MAT Students (and co-teaching in CC's Gifted & Talented summer program, grades 1-10)
  • ED582 Integrating STEM into the Classroom (and co-teaching in CC's WhizBang Summer program, grades 1-10)
  • ED556 Masters Research Paper

Fall - Spring

  • ED478 Advanced Methods: Critical Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction (focusing on content areas in science, mathematics, social studies, English, global languages, art, or music, depending on candidate’s area of specialization)
  • ED400 Educational Technology
  • ED407 Topics and Issues of Special Education in the General Classroom
  • ED408 Assessment Design and Data Driven Instruction
  • ED479 Teacher Candidate Practicum
  • ED580 School Teaching Fellowship
  • ED572 Teaching Diverse Learners

Second Summer

  • ED585 Specialized Internship Program, either international or community-based education setting

The successful candidate for the MAT program will have:

  • A bachelor's degree in the content area for which the applicant is seeking licensure (e.g., mathematics)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0, with a 3.2 in your academic major or teaching field
  • An academic record indicating potential for successful graduate work
  • Completed all content coursework as detailed on the advising checklists***
  • Completed the education minor at Colorado College, including the following classes: ED101: Introduction to K-12 Classroom Culture, a course focusing on urban education, multicultural education or diverse learners, ED311: Educational Psychology, and ED477: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Interdisciplinary Literacy Methods. 
  • Provided evidence of successful work in a public school classroom, either through volunteering, co-curricular activity or substitute teaching
  • Enthusiastic, problem-solvers, critical thinkers who are passionate about education and youth

Our program strongly emphasizes field experience--students are expected to enroll in the program having completed all necessary content coursework required for licensure. Checklists are found on this page. To ensure that you are on the right path to complete all necessary coursework please email Debra Yazulla Mortenson to arrange for a transcript review.

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