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Graduate Programs - Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program for Maine certification grades 7-12

Applications for the 2014-2015 MAT cohort are currently closed.

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).

Overview

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).

Program Highlights

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.

Prerequisites

Technology Requirements

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)

Mathematics (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.

Application Process

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:

 

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Phone: (207) 581-2412
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