The Texas Woman’s University Master of Arts in Teaching degree is especially designed to prepare individuals with a bachelor’s degree for initial teacher certification while also earning a master’s degree. TWU’s MAT program meets the teacher certification standards established by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
The degree is intended for those individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in some field other than education and want to obtain teacher certification while at the same time earning a master’s degree. The MAT consists of a minimum of 32 hours, although more hours may be required if an individual needs leveling classes in a particular teaching field, or needs additional classes in order to pass the state teacher certification exam (TExES) in a particular content area. Currently, teaching certification is available through the MAT in the following teaching fields:
Early Childhood–Grade 6: Bilingual Generalist; ESL Generalist; Special Education Generalist.
Grades 4-8: Bilingual Generalist; English, Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics; Social Studies; Science; ESL Generalist; Special Education Generalist.
Grades 8-12: Biology; Mathematics; English; History; Social Studies; Dance; Computer Science.
Grades 6-12: Family and Consumer Science.
Early Childhood-Grade 12: Health Education; Theatre Arts; Music; Physical Education; Visual Arts
TWU’s MAT curriculum gives graduate students a deeper understanding of their content field. The program develops teachers who are reflective practitioners with strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. The MAT program focuses on:
- The multiple roles of a teacher as a researcher/scholar/practitioner
- Theory and research-based practices for curriculum design and instruction
- Increased content knowledge needed for instruction
- Application of appropriate technology in education
- Assessment of teaching and learning
- Understanding of socio-cultural and learning differences among students
- Collaborative leadership to improve schools.
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