Applications for the 2012-2013 MAT cohort are currently closed. Applications for the 2013-2014 MAT program will be accepted until February 1, 2013.
The MAT program is fully accredited under the rigorous standards and on-going review of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Maine Department of Education. Internships providing a realistic setting for learning, teaching and research are conducted in partnership with area schools belonging to the Penobscot River Educational Partnership (PREP).
The MAT program is designed for graduates of four-year colleges with degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. It includes all education courses and school internships required for Maine state teacher certification in English, mathematics, life and physical sciences, and social studies at the secondary level (7-12); and foreign languages (K-12).
The MAT is a full-time, 12-month professional development program, based on immersion in educational methods, practice and inquiry, and extensive internships in area schools. In addition to coursework, intensive in-school experiences are required. Successful participants need to dedicate the vast majority of their time to meeting the demands of the program. Trying to balance even a part-time job is not advised.
MAT students bring diverse backgrounds and new ideas to the program and the public schools. They are graduates of public universities and private colleges from throughout the United States and ther countries. Some students have recently completed their bachelor’s degrees, while others come from working in other careers. The common bond is that they all want to be highly effective, knowledgeable teachers.
Students admitted to the MAT program are required at the time of enrollment to own a laptop computer with the minimum hardware and software requirements specified by the College. More information is available from the Computer Connection store at UMaine, (207) 581-2510, or on the College’s Laptop in Education policy.
Secondary Education (7-12), including Foreign Languages (K-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
English/Language Arts (7-12)
At least 30 credits in math, which includes at least three credits form each of the following areas:
Foreign Language (K-12)
Life Science (7-12) (Examples: biology, botany, zoology, anatomy/physiology, ecology, marine biology)
At least 30 credits in science (at least 18 credits in life sciences) which includes at least 3 credit hours in one of the following:
Physical Science (7-12) (Examples: chemistry, physics, geology, earth science, space science, oceanography)
At least 30 credits in science which includes at least six credits each of:
All candidates must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Praxis 2 content knowledge test in the appropriate content area(s) prior to beginning their internships.
Applications to the Graduate School are due on February 1. Review begins in February, and applications are considered until the cohort group is full. For more information about the MAT program, contact:
Cheryl Robertson, Coordinator of MAT Program
160 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
What students and graduates say about the MAT program at the University of Maine
“My year in the MAT program was one of the toughest and best of my life. I highly recommend this experience to others interested in the field of education.”
“Being such a part of the school culture gave us a real look into the inner workings of education. They didn’t shelter us from anything.”
“The internship is a non-stop learning experience.”
“It’s an intense program for those who can unplug their lives and commit to it. The MAT is a life commitment for that year.”
“These veteran teachers are just incredible in their different methods of successful teaching and classroom management.”
“Content knowledge is a strength of the program. The MAT students have strong content knowledge and learn to teach those who don’t.”
“You get to build a relationship with the school. I felt at home there.”
“As part of a team, you learn from experts and from one another, not by trial and error.”
“The variety of experience and different grade levels and exposure to different instructional styles helped me make good choices about where I want to be and my own approach to teaching.”
“The professional experience is powerful. You’re quickly in the classroom, and the research projects are meant to be incorporated into the classroom.”
“If I had known then what I know now about the MAT program, I would do it all over again.”