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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 56 semester hours of credit (14 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

  • ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods (with summer program in science for all learners, grades 1-10)
  • ED590 Math for Elementary Teachers OR ED591 Mathematics for Teaching Numeracy
  • ED553 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
  • ED581 Specialized Internship in Community Setting, OR
  • ED595 International Student Teaching

Second Summer

  • GS554 Literacy in American Education
  • ED599 Masters Research Defense
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 an Educational Psychology or Child Development course
  • Completed a Multicultural Education, Urban Education or Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners course
  • 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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