Dec 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Teaching (54-800) (30 hours) [Also available as an accelerated program]

Student Learning Outcomes -The graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Deliver essential content of the discipline through engaging, meaningful learning activities aligned to the curriculum.
  • Demonstrate understanding of curriculum implementation and instructional strategies, promoting critical thinking, consistent with current theories on student growth and development.
  • Create a positive classroom environment, conducive to learning, through correct and appropriate communication and instructional strategies.
  • Collect and maintain accurate student data to inform and improve instruction.
  • Monitor and manage student learning through self-assessment, professional collaboration, and by staying current on instructional knowledge to improve student achievement.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program offers several areas of concentration: Secondary, Middle School, Elementary, K-12, and Educational Theory.

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and submit:

  • all official transcripts;
  • two letters of recommendation from college/university educators and/or supervisors qualified to address your potential for success as a K-12 educator and/or colleagues who are qualified to address your professional skills;
  • a written essay responding to the following question: Why are you interested in a teaching career?

Candidates seeking Missouri teacher certification must also apply to the Alternative Pathways to Certification program and submit a certification plan signed by the Director of Clinical Services and Certification.

Students must complete  EDFL 5900  or an adviser-approved alternative research course within the first 12 hours of their MAT program of study course work, excluding the Elementary Education concentration. Candidates seeking certification must complete either FLDX 5468  Student Teaching (3) or EDFL 5100  - MAT Internship (3), depending on the certification status. To enroll in FLDX 5468  or EDFL 5100 , MAT candidates must participate in student teaching or be a contracted teacher, and have completed 24 hours of the MAT Program of Study course work; (FLDX 5468 and EDFL 5100 are not offered during the summer semester).

Candidates seeking Missouri teacher certification through the UCM Alternative Pathways to Certification program must have submitted official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, paid the transcript analysis fee, and received a certification plan signed by the Director of Clinical Services and Certification.

International students should apply through International Admissions. International students must meet the prior MAT requirements and earn a TOEFL score of 79 on the internet based test or 550 on the paper based test, or IELTS score of 6.0.

Secondary Education (8002)

Middle School Education (8001)

Educational Theory (8003)

Elementary Education (8004)

K-12 Education (8005)

Science Education (8006)

Accelerated Program Notes:

The Accelerated model for this program is designed for BS Biology Area 8 Pre-Science Education.

UCM students having completed at least 9 hours of biology courses with a GPA of at least 3.00 may consult with the coordinator of the MA/BS accelerated program and complete a departmental application to declare the accelerated BS/MA major. To be recommended to the graduate portion of the program, students must have a major GPA of 3.00 or above and an overall GPA of 2.75 in the undergraduate portion of the program. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, students will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the accelerated program. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible for science teaching certification in Biology.

Courses that an accelerated student may be eligible to include as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs:

EDFL 5105 - Foundations of Teaching and Learning (3)  (EDFL 4105)

STCH 5010 - Exploring Firsthand Science Lessons (1-2)  (STCH 4010)

STCH 5020 - Internship in Science Teaching and Learning (1)  (STCH 4020)

STCH 5050 - Science Teaching Methods (3)  (STCH 4050)