Middle School Education (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle School Education (MSEDMAT)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Middle and Secondary Education
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Program Information

The MAT in Middle School Education enables graduate students to earn their initial teaching certification for Kentucky in the content areas of English, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies, grades 5-9. Teacher candidates learn to teach through instruction in pedagogy, child development, special education, technology, and diversity. The program integrates field experiences that align both with program studies and professional education career goal.


Early Start Program 

The Master of Arts in Teaching program in conjunction with the undergraduate programs in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics offers a comprehensive and professionally-focused program leading to an additional degree of MAT Middle or Secondary Education. This early start program enables superior students to receive two degrees within five years. A total of 149-152 credits are required for the dual degrees: 122-125 credits of coursework devoted toward the baccalaureate degree and 36 credits toward the MAT, with nine hours double-counted. This program will be available for students who are entering their junior year. They may take graduate level courses in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in their 4th year of study.

The current qualifications for the joint degree program have been agreed upon by discipline faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development. The criteria vary by discipline. Students enrolling in the accelerated program will be non-thesis students and must adhere to all policies pertaining to Graduate Students. All interested students must submit an application to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) MAT program and meet the admission criteria.

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Candidates considering application to the MAT program should contact the Education Advising and Student Services office (teacher@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission.

Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Applicants must complete/satisfy the following:

  1. Application to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum test scores as required by EPSB
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Praxis II Content Exam registration and/or scores
  4. Bachelor's degree from Accredited College or University with major in content area or appropriate prerequisite courses and a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  5. Grade of C or higher in ENGL 102 (or equivalent)
  6. C or higher in oral communication course
  7. TOEFL
  8. Professional Statement 
  9. Three Letters of Recommendation
  10. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines
  11. Acceptable interview

Program Requirements

Single Content Area Certification

EDTP 602Exploring Teaching in the Sociopolitical Contexts of P-12 Schools3
ECPY 607Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development3
EDTP 501General Methods3
NOTE: The above three courses must be completed prior to Content Methods course
Choose one from the following courses3
Middle School Language Arts Methods 4
Middle School Math Methods 4
Middle School Science Methods 4
Middle School Social Studies Methods 4
EDSP 545Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom 43
Mid-Point Assessment 1
EDTP 617Student Teaching: Middle School6
EDTP 677Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 33
Certification Assessment: After Student Teaching 3
EDTP 541Teaching Middle School3
EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds 23
EDTP 620Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 23
Choose the technology course appropriate for your content certification area: 23
Technology Applications for Mathematics Teaching
Technology Applications for Science Teachers
Digital Citizenship: Technology and Teaching
Minimum Total Hours36
Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program coursework completed with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two grades of C in degree courses); satisfactory teacher performance assessment (TPA).
 

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at epsb.ky.gov or ets.org/praxis/ky for current requirements.


Dual Content Area Certification

EDTP 602Exploring Teaching in the Sociopolitical Contexts of P-12 Schools3
ECPY 607Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development3
EDTP 501General Methods3
NOTE: The above three courses must be taken prior to the Content Methods Courses
Choose two from the following courses 6
Middle School Language Arts Methods 4
Middle School Math Methods 4
Middle School Science Methods 4
Middle School Social Studies Methods 4
EDSP 545Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom 43
Mid-Point Assessment 1
EDTP 617Student Teaching: Middle School6
EDTP 677Capstone Seminar: Initial Certification 33
Certification Assessment
EDTP 503Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds 23
EDTP 541Teaching Middle School3
EDTP 620Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 23
Choose the technology course appropriate for your content certification area 23
Technology Applications for Mathematics Teaching
Technology Applications for Science Teachers
Digital Citizenship: Technology and Teaching
Minimum Total Hours39
Degree Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; all program coursework completed with 3.0 cumulative GPA (and no more than a total of two grades of C in degree courses); satisfactory teacher performance assessment (TPA).

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at epsb.ky.gov or ets.org/praxis/ky for current requirements.