The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at WOU is designed to provide second career and non-traditional students an opportunity to earn initial teacher licensure, authorization to teach high school (middle school is optional), and a graduate degree. The MAT is available as a full-time on-campus program which takes one year to complete, and an online program which takes a year and a half to complete.
University courses are closely linked to classroom experience so teacher candidates can explore theories and practices learned in their studies. Cohorts allow candidates to work together to complete the program. Teaching proficiencies that define what teachers should know and be able to do upon completion of the program are threaded through each course. Assessment of the proficiencies occurs through classroom activities, course assignments, teaching evaluations, and production of two work samples.
The MAT is a 53-54 credit, cohort program. Students complete 36 credits of MAT program coursework, 15 credits of practicum and student teaching, and either 2 or 3 credits of Computer Science Education coursework.
Students also have the option to pursue the ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual endorsement as a secondary endorsement while enrolled in certain MAT cohorts (both online cohorts and the March full-time cohort are eligible). See the ESOL coursework outline for more information. MAT with ESOL contract
The online/hybrid program is offered twice a year in January and June. Students complete six terms of online coursework, which is combined with once a month, on-campus, Saturday classes with faculty and fellow candidates. Candidates gradually progress each term into student teaching, and do their full-time student teaching during the last term. (Program overview and FAQs)
- Application packet due October 11, 2013 for January 2014 start.
- Application packet due February 14, 2014 for June 2014 start. Application deadline has been extended to the end of Winter term 2014.