Social Studies Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

This adolescence education program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in a social science and seek certification to teach that subject in grades 7-12. Students who complete the degree are eligible for initial certification (see Teacher Certification for more information). 

Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate major in the social sciences or a similar program. The major should have included at least 30 credit-hours of undergraduate work in one area of concentration (e.g., anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science or sociology) and 30 additional hours in the distribution, i.e., in social sciences other than one's area of concentration. Students who have not met the above course requirements must take additional undergraduate courses to be eligible to apply to this program. Applicants to the MAT Social Studies program whose undergraduate major was history must submit a copy of a research paper, or its equivalent, as part of the application materials. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the social sciences and overall.

In addition, applicants should have a distribution of undergraduate coursework in the arts and sciences, which must include one semester of college-level study or three years of high school in a language other than English. It is recommended that applicants have a pre-admission interview with a graduate adviser in the MAT program in the Graduate School of Education.

Letters of recommendation should be from social science professors familiar with the applicant’s work. (In the special case of an applicant having held an extended position in the field of education, one letter may be from the applicant’s supervisor in the position.) 

If all prerequisite undergraduate requirements have been met, the MAT degree requires three semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent through part-time study). Students may begin their degree programs in either the fall or spring semester, but will be admitted for the spring semester only if space permits. Matriculated students are expected to successfully complete LTRC 519, SEC 500, SEC 593 and 100 clock hours of fieldwork before being admitted to the final fall (student teaching) semester. Please read about the Fieldwork Requirements. Because the Master of Arts in Teaching course of study is a unique graduate program that results in a professional credential, we expect our students to conduct themselves professionally at all times in both university and school classrooms.

Minimum Requirements for Degree (courses are subject to change)

This program requires a minimum of 42 credits: 22 credits in education, 12 credits in the academic discipline, and 8 credits in supervised student teaching. Grades of B or better must be earned in both SEC 593 and SEC 594, and an overall average of B or better must be maintained to graduate.

Education Courses - 22 credits

LTRC 519. Adolescent Learners and Literacy for the Content Areas 4 credits
SEC 500. Foundations of Secondary Education 4 credits
SPED500. Special Education for Content Area Teachers 4 credits
SEC 502. English as a Second Language for Content Area Teachers 2 credits
SEC 593. Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations in the Pedagogy of Social Studies 4 credits
SEC 594. Curriculum and Teaching in Social Studies 4 credits
     

Subject-Area Courses - 12 credits

12 credits in social sciences courses

Supervised Student Teaching - 8 credits

SEC 590/591. Pre-service Practicum in Teaching I and II 8 credits

NOTE: For more information about this program please contact Dr. Adam Laats (program coordinator).

Last Updated: 3/20/14