Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Teacher Education with Multiple Levels (TEML) Program if I have a teaching license?
    • No, this program is for initial licensure only.  If you have a teaching license you may want to consider a Masters in Education. 
  2. What Exams are required for entry?  Praxis
    • The GRE exam is not required for this program.
    • If your ACT composite score was less than 22 or your SAT score was less than a 1020, you will have to complete the Praxis I exam which includes writing, reading, and mathematics. 
    • If you are seeking middle school (4-8) licensure you must have a passing Praxis score on the middle grades content knowledge
    • If you are seeking secondary licensure you must have a passing Praxis score in your content area
  3. How long is this program?
    • The MAT program spans 5 semesters: Fall, Spring, Summer II, Fall, and Spring. 
  4. Can I work while I am in this program?
    • You can work while you are enrolled in this program except for the last spring semester where you will be student teaching full time. 
    • While you can work outside of the school we suggest that you apply for a tuition scholarship, which requires you to work 8 hours a week and will cover your tuition, or a graduate assistantship, which requires you to work about 20 hours a week and covers your tuition and provides you with a monthly stipend. 
  5. Is this program online?
    • Between 30% and 40% of this program is online. You will have at least one in-person class every semester and will be placed in a school for observations and teaching each semester, so please keep that in mind. 
  6. What is a cohort?
    • Our program is a cohort based program, which means that everyone in your entering class goes through the entire program as a unit. Being in a cohort gives you the opportunity to grow with your peers and develop a unique bond and support system that goes past graduation. 
  7. How long is student teaching?
    • Most people think of student teaching in the traditional sense for one semester, being in the classroom everyday. In this program, you have field placements in public schools every semester.  
      • Your first semester will require 30 hours of field placement where you will interact with the students and teacher, began observing classroom practices, and start adapting to the teacher role.  
      • The second semester you will be in your field placement for 50 hours.  During that time you will being teaching lessons and continue to observe and develop best practices. 
      • During the summer II term you will complete 50 placement hours which will include classroom management, pre-residency year preparations, and welcoming the students at the beginning of the year.
      • The fourth semester will begin your formal evaluations and begin transitioning into the full time teacher role.  This is the time where you become a vital part of the classroom.  You will complete 70 hours during this semester. 
      • Your final semester is full time student teaching.  You are expected to be in the classroom everyday and take on the role of instructor and co-instructor with your mentor teacher.