The MAT program is a selective graduate-level certification program that prepares qualified students for careers as teachers in the shortage areas. Current specializations include secondary English, History/Social Studies, World Languages, Sciences, Spanish, Special Education (K-12), and Technology & Engineering Education.
The MAT program is designed to co-prepare secondary educators and special educators to meet the needs of all learners within the general education classroom, including those at risk and students with disabilities. Candidates experience cross disciplinary preparation wherever possible, building content teaching expertise in their specialization and relating each discipline to the larger school context. Candidates learn how to support students' literacy and language demands within their discipline, which is a particular need in today's secondary classrooms.
The MAT program provides an accelerated route into shortage area classrooms while meeting all state and national accreditation standards. The full schedule of classes, field experiences, and full-time student teaching in assigned public school settings will be very demanding; therefore it is extremely difficult to maintain even part-time employment throughout the program. Candidates complete the program in a cohort that begins in late January of each year and ends in late May of the following calendar year. Due to reorganization and improvement of the program, the next cohort will not begin until January 2022.