Master of Arts in Teaching

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program is designed to prepare highly qualified professional educators who are capable of providing highly effective instruction in Texas schools, especially those serving EC-12 learners from culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse family backgrounds. The program includes an “alternative certification” pathway and a six SCH post-degree “clinical teaching” pathway.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program at Texas A&M International University is carefully designed to meet the needs of South Texas schools and communities by providing eligible participants with high-quality graduate instruction, supervised school internships and clinical experiences in diverse local public school classrooms, and support for for successful completion of certification exams. All MAT courses are either online or hybrid. TAMIU provides a learning environment built on a solid academic foundation in the arts and sciences. TAMIU prepares students for leadership roles in an increasingly complex, culturally diverse state, national, and global society.

More About Teacher Certification

As state-approved educator preparation programs, the “alternative certification program” (ACP) and the post-MAT “clinical teaching” program provide MAT students two efficient pathways to teaching careers.

Both pathways include rigorous eligibility requirements, graduate coursework, teacher certification examinations, and either an extended school-based internship (ACP) or a clinical semester (MAT).

Program Admission Requirements

  • Program Admission Requirements
  • Apply via applytexas.org.
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Submit 300-word essay.
  • Complete College of Education (COED) application process, including:
    • Completion of transcript analysis to verify College of Education GPA and content area requirements
    • Verification of written English competency Accuplacer-WritePlacer test
    • Completion of oral English proficiency interview
    • Verification of additional College of Education admission requirements.
  • International students must also submit:
    • Official Certificate of Graduation
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores
    • Financial Statement Form
    • Letter of Sponsorship
    • Bank Statement.

Applications are accepted year round, but the MAT program deadline is April 15.
Financial aid recipients should note additional deadlines:
Fall and Summer application deadline, April 30 (domestic/international); Spring deadline, Oct. 1 (international) and Nov. 30 (domestic.)

Catalog Information

This 30 credit hour program offers several specializations; Elementary (EC-6) and 4-8, 7-12 or EC-12. Students would need to take:*

EDCI 5300 - Introduction to Teaching and Learning
EDCI 5301- Methods and Management, EC-12
EDSE 5305 - Teaching Diverse and Exceptional Learners
EDCI 5315 - Advanced Instructional Methods
EDRD 5319 - Advanced Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
EDCI 5329 - Action Research Design
EDCU 5310 - Human Growth and Development
EDGR 5320 - Foundations of Educational Research
EDBE 5322 - Bilingual Oral Language Assessment and Development
EDRD 5309 - Theory and Practice of Early Reading Development
EDBE 5325 - Teaching English as a Second Language
EDRD 5305 - Content Reading Instruction

*Catalog information is provided for the 2016-2017 School Year, and is subject to change by catalog year. For more detailed catalog information, click here.

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