Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Teacher Education with Specializations in English (7-12)

Contact: Nancy Hoffman (860-832-2425)


Program Rationale:

The MAT program is designed to offer high-quality, full-time, degree-bearing teacher preparation to career changers and traditional-age students who have demonstrated content mastery and wish to expedite their preparation to teach in the shortage areas of mathematics, sciences, English, Spanish, or technology and engineering education. The 13-month program begins in late May each year and uses a cohort model to enhance program completion rates and teacher retention as graduates enter teaching.

Note: Available science certifications include physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduate students in the program will:

  • possess strong knowledge of content, pedagogy, and students;
  • use data, content knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge to critically examine practice for the purpose of improving student learning;
  • design and deliver instructional and assessment strategies that facilitate significant learning for all students;
  • create a positive and supportive learning environment; and
  • act ethically, respectfully, and responsibly in work with students, families, and colleagues.


Admission Requirements:

The MAT program selectively admits no more than 25 students each year. Admitted students proceed as a cohort group to complete a structured sequence of courses, field experiences, and classroom-based action research.

To be considered for admission, applicants must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of teacher candidates. Initial assessments will be made through review of complete applications. Fully qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an admissions interview.

The following qualifications are required for consideration for admission:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a total undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70 and, if applicable, a CCSU undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70. GPA waivers will be considered for applicants who have less than a 2.70 GPA but meet all other admission requirements and have at least a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework. Applicants with a GPA of at least 3.00 in an earned master's degree whose undergraduate GPA does not meet minimum standards will be considered for admission if the GPA in the certification content major is at least 3.00.
  • Completion of a major in the content area that meets state certification standards or, in technology and engineering education, presentation of a portfolio documenting that content preparation requirements have been met. Candidates may be required to complete specific prerequisite courses prior to admission.
  • Completion of general education coursework that meets current Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) standards for certification (currently 39 credits distributed across 5 of 6 areas and including a 3-credit U.S. history survey course). Applicants will be considered for admission if there are fewer than 12 credits of general education outstanding. These standards must be met prior to graduation.
  • Scores on Praxis I PPST that meet the current CSDE passing standard or an SAT waiver letter from Connecticut State Department of Education.
  • Scores on required state content knowledge examinations in the certification area:

In mathematics, sciences, English, and technology and engineering education, Praxis II scores that meet current CSDE passing standards are required.

In Spanish, ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency ratings that meet current CSDE passing standards are required. Preference will be given to applicants who score at the Advanced Low level or higher. If the ACTFL scores are more than one year old at the time the application is complete, a confirmatory interview with department faculty will be required.

To document their qualifications, applicants will submit School of Graduate Studies and program applications that include the following materials:

  • two sets of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended except CCSU;
  • acceptable scores on Praxis I or SAT waiver letter;
  • acceptable scores on the required test of content knowledge;
  • a resume documenting educational and work experiences;
  • two references that assess the student's ability to work with children and other adults on the reference form provided (signed originals). One reference must be from someone, preferably an education professional, who has observed the student's work with children in the age range the student wishes to teach and can knowledgeably assess potential as a teacher. The second reference should be from someone who has observed and can knowledgeably assess ability to work with other adults. Personal references are not accepted. Preference will be given to confidential references.
  • a word-processed essay demonstrating a command of the English language and explaining the experiences and thinking that have led the student to choose (a) a teaching career and (b) this particular certification program. Applicants to the Spanish specialization must submit a second word-processed essay in Spanish, explaining why they believe they would be an effective Spanish teacher.
  • evidence of the ability to work with diverse groups of students in an educational setting and an understanding of teaching as a work environment demonstrated through reflection on and documentation of no less than 60 hours of high-quality experience with students at the level the student wishes to teach, including recent experience in a public school setting. See the form "Statement of Experience with Children and Schools" which delineates expectations for this experience.
  • evidence of ability to write at graduate school level, demonstrated through submitted essays and either a GRE writing score or a CCSU sit-down writing examination which may be conducted in conjunction with an interview.
  • current Connecticut criminal background clearance.
Course and Capstone Requirements
(47 credits):
All MAT programs include core, specialization, and capstone components.
Core (26 credits):
All MAT candidates complete the following courses
MAT 510 Research on Teaching Diverse Learners 5
MAT 511 Introduction to Special Education 1
MAT 520 Design and Delivery of Instruction 4
MAT 530 Meeting the Needs of Special Learners in the Classroom 3
MAT 531 Literacy and Language Issues in the Classroom 3
MAT 534 Creating Productive Learning Environments 3
MAT 541 Internship Seminar 1
MAT 542 Assessment of Student Learning 3
MAT 551 Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice 3
Specialization (15 credits):
English
MAT 529 Content Pedagogy in English 1 3
MAT 539 Content Pedagogy in English 2 3
MAT 533 Field Experience in English 3
MAT 540 Internship in English 6
Capstone (6 credits):
All students will be Plan E. All MAT candidates complete the following capstone courses.
MAT 532 Research I: Reading and Designing Educational Research 3
MAT 550 Research II: Conducting and Reporting Action Research 3
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