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Graduate Programs - Postbac and MAT

Individuals who already have an undergraduate degree and want to pursue certification as a secondary (7-12) history/social studies teachers may apply for study in either the Post-Bac Program, which prepares students for state certification, but does not lead to a master’s degree, or the MAT Program, which prepares students for state certification and a Masters of Art in Teaching.

To enter either certification program at CCSU, students must pass the Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge test (10081) administered by ETS.  If you are thinking about applying to either program, planning for the test should begin from the very start.

Important Note: If you are currently certified in another content area and want cross-endorsement in History & Social Studies 7-12, you must contact the State of Connecticut Department of Education. All cross-endorsement programs are administered at the state level.

What's the Difference Between the Post-Bac Certification Program and the MAT?

Post-Bac Certification Program

  • Leads to certification to teach secondary social studies in CT
  • Can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, but requires at least 3 semesters
  • Can be started either in fall or spring
  • Apply first to the Graduate School and then to the professional program

MAT Program

  • Leads to certification to teach secondary social studies in CT and a Master’s Degree
  • Full-time, 13 month program from summer to summer
  • Can only be started each summer
  • Apply first to the Graduate School and then to the MAT program. Applications are due in the winter for the following summer.
  • Highly competitive cohort limited to 4-5 social studies students

What is the same for both program?

The first step is applying to the Post-Bac Certification Program or MAT at the CCSU Graduate School.  Information on the application process and deadlines is available at the School of Graduate Studies website. Once accepted you can apply to the professional program for the post-bac or to the MAT program. Be aware that admission to the Graduate School and pursuit of a Post-Bac teacher certification Planned Program of Study does not guarantee admission to the Professional Program.

What Happens After I’m Accepted?

Your academic transcripts will be forwarded to the School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS) and to the Department of History for review. The SEPS review will determine what general education requirements may need to fulfilled in order to meet CCSU and State of Connecticut requirements for certification. The Department of History or the MAT program will conduct a content area review of your transcript to see what History or Social Science courses you may need to take.

Please be aware that the CCSU History Department will only transfer in classes that count toward your track in which you received a grade of C- or better.

What Courses Will I Need To Take?

To get a general idea about what content courses you may be need, please download the following forms and compare them to your undergraduate transcript.  

Be advised, these forms do not include the general education requirements that may be needed or the 31 Education credits that are required.

Soon after acceptance into the Graduate School, students will receive a customized Planned Program of Study that lists the general education and content area courses that are needed.

How do I apply to the Post-bac Professional Program?

The Professional Program application deadlines are usually September 10 and February 10. Applications are available at the Teacher Preparation websites of the School of Education and Professional Studies.

Before applying, be sure that you meet the minimum requirements:

  • Passing score on the Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge test (10081)
  • School of Education requirements
  • 2.70 or better cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • 3.00 or better cumulative GPA for all Social Science courses: Economics, Geography, History, Political Science
  • A grade of “B” or better in HIST 301 OR prior approval to take HIST 301 in the semester that you apply.

How do I get Accepted into the Professional Program?

In addition to the meeting the above application requirements, students must submit an essay that receives a passing score from the department’s Social Studies Committee and pass an interview that covers a student’s motivation, content knowledge, skills, and dispositions.  To pass the interview, students must receive a 12 or above and, with an average score in each area of 2 or above on the Interview Rubric.

What Happens After I Get Accepted?

Once accepted to the Professional Program students may begin taking Education courses.  

Note: There are two graduate Education courses that Post-Bac students may take prior to acceptance into the Professional Program. Information is available on the Advising Information for Current Professional Program Students 


How do I apply to the MAT Program?

The MAT application is due the winter for the following summer. Information on the application can be found here: CCSU MAT Program.

Before applying, be sure that you meet the minimum requirements:

  • Passing score on the Praxis II Social Studies: Content Knowledge test (10081)
  • 2.70 or better cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • 3.00 or better cumulative GPA for all Social Science courses: Economics, Geography, History, Political Science

As part of the application, you will need to provide or complete the following:

  • Candidate statement explaining the experiences and reasoning that led to selection of a teaching career and this program at CCSU
  • Submission of basic skills test scores in reading, mathematics, and writing that meet guidelines for admission to the professional program for teacher certification
  • Evidence of the ability to work with diverse groups of students in an educational setting for a minimum of 60 hours as described on theStatement of Experience Form
  • Two references that assess the candidate's ability to work with children and other adults on the recommendation form provided; personal references are not accepted
  • Evidence of ability to write at a graduate school level demonstrated by:
    • GRE writing score
    • OR
    • CCSU writing examination (typically scheduled with an admissions interview)
  • Resume documenting educational and work experiences
  • an interview

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, you will need to be fingerprinted. If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program.

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