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2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Master of Arts in Teaching — Professional

UMass Dartmouth offers both Massachusetts Initial and Professional Teaching Licensure Programs at the graduate level. The University offers programs leading to professional licensure in the following areas: Elementary; Middle and Secondary—Biology, English, Foreign Literature and Languages (French, Portuguese, Spanish), History, Mathematics and General Science (5-8).

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is committed to certifying teachers who are reflective practitioners engaged in better understanding the complex social contexts of learning, education, and schooling in both urban and suburban settings. In addition to a rigorous preparation in subject-matter fields, teacher candidates develop their ability to apply pedagogical theory to practice and to reflect on the complexities inherent in their craft. Teacher candidates are engaged in effective teaching practices that support students with a variety of learning styles and abilities. Our candidates value diversity including, but not limited to, racial, cultural, developmental, and learning differences.

Admission Requirements

Applications are encouraged from individuals who demonstrate strong potential for a successful career in teaching. Minimum requirements for acceptance into the program include an appropriate bachelor’s degree and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. Individuals who do not possess an Initial Massachusetts Teaching License must complete this prior to filing formal application to the MAT program.

Applicants for the MAT program must submit the required application materials to the Graduate Office. The MAT admissions committee will assess credentials in the following areas:

  • Grades in undergraduate work
  • Recommendations from two people familiar with your work or potential as a teacher
  • A personal statement describing your beliefs about teaching and learning, and your reason(s) for entering the teaching profession 

Transfer Credits

Students may request up to six transfer credits from another program if the credits meet the following criteria: a) the courses are at the graduate level or the senior level of undergraduate studies; b) they are similar to courses in our MAT program; c) they were taken within the past five years; d) the grades are B or better; e) they were not credited toward any other degree. Additional options are possible by petition to the MAT Program Committee. Life or experience credits may not be translated into course credits.

Contact

MAT Program Director
Sheila Macrine, PhD
508-999-8262
smacrine@umassd.edu

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

MAT in Elementary Education — Professional


Prerequisite


An initial teaching license in Elementary Education.

Required Courses for MAT in Elementary Education—Professional


Total credits: 30


MAT in Middle and Secondary Education—Professional


Prerequisite


An initial teaching license in Middle or Secondary Education in the appropriate subject area.

Required Core Courses for MAT in Middle and Secondary School Education—Professional


Disciplinary Content Courses for MAT in Middle and Secondary School Education


(15 credits)

All require 15 MAT Core credits and 15 credits in the appropriate discipline, as specified below for each discipline area.

Total credits: 30


MAT in Biology (9-12)


  • Students choose 15 graduate credits in Biology (see SCI prefix courses for selection) in consultation with their MAT advisor.

MAT in English (5-8 and 9-12)


  • Students choose 12 graduate credits from other English department graduate courses in consultation with their MAT advisor. 

MAT in French (5-8 and 9-12)


  • Students choose 15 graduate credits in French and/or FLL courses in consultation with their MAT advisor.

MAT in General Science (5-8)


  • Students choose 15 graduate credits from interdisciplinary SCI science courses in consultation with their MAT advisor.

MAT in History (5-8 and 9-12)


  • Students choose 12 graduate credits from other History and/or Political Science graduate courses in consultation with their MAT advisor.

MAT in Mathematics (5-8 and 9-12)


  • Students choose 15 graduate credits in Mathematics (MTE) in consultation with their MAT advisor.

MAT in Portuguese (5-12)


  • Students choose 12 graduate credits in Portuguese in consultation with their MAT advisor.

MAT in Spanish (5-12)


  • Students choose 12 graduate credits in Spanish and/or FLL courses in consultation with their MAT advisor.

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