Secondary Education – K-12 Science (MAT)

Initial Certification – Secondary Education – K-12 Physical Science

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

Rolling Admissions

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (K-12): Science (Biological Science, Chemistry, Physical Science, Earth Science) is a 30-credit, 15 month program, in which graduate students earn initial certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in their subject area. The coursework begins in June of summer I and ends in August of the following summer. The program requires a year-long residency starting in September, during which students will be in area schools full time, Monday through Thursday, with additional coursework on Fridays.  Students will meet and implement their action research projects during the summer II semester. Students will be required to demonstrate effective teaching, research, and dispositions that are aligned with COE, state, and national standards through videos, lesson plans, and a research capstone project.  Literacy and technology are integrated throughout the program and key assessments include a teaching performance assessment, e-portfolio, action research project, and Teacher Work Sample.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an appropriate academic major in the Subject Field Area
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Passing score on PRAXIS Core exam in reading, writing and math.
  • Passing score on PRAXIS II content exam in General Science:Content Knowledge and either Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics: Content Knowledge.
  • Two letters of recommendation from education, professional or business sources.
  • An essay describing applicants educational philosophy
  • An interview with the program director.
  • Praxis Core academic skills for educators

Requirements to be completed prior to Student Teaching:

  • Submission of Residency Application
  • Fulfill health/hygiene requirement.
  • Pass speech and hearing assessments.

Program Requirements:

  • 30 credits of graduate study.
  • Become a member of content area Specialized Professional Association (SPA).
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Satisfactory completion of Teacher Work Sample
  • Satisfactory completion of action research project
  • Satisfactory completion of year-long residency
Initial Certification Secondary Education K-12 Field and Master of Teaching30 credits
Program Requirements:
Foundational Coursework Summer I
SMAT 5000 Knowing Your Adolescent Learner 6
SMAT 5100 The Art of Teaching in the 21st Century 6
Residency and Methods Coursework for Fall
SMAT 5600 MAT Residency and Seminar I 3
SMAT 5500 Science Content Pedagogy and Colloquium I 3
Residency and Methods Coursework for Spring
SMAT 5620 MAT Residency and Seminar II 3
SMAT 5200 Knowing Your Profession I 3
SMAT 5520 Science Content Pedagogy and Colloquium II 3
MAT Coursework in Summer II
SMAT 5220 Knowing your Profession II 3