MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching (Transition to Teaching Track)

The Transition to Teaching (T2T) program at WSU is a two-year alternative licensure program that combines graduate coursework and full-time, paid teaching in an accredited school as the classroom teacher of record. The program is geared toward working professionals looking for a career change and more recent graduates wanting to teach. Teaching candidates fulfill teacher licensure requirements in the first 29 credit hours (two years). Those who wish to earn the MAT degree must complete an additional 7 credit hours of research in the third year.


Students in the MAT transition to teaching track must have an undergraduate degree in a content licensure field (i.e., biology, chemistry, mathematics, etc.) and meet eligibility requirements for a Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) restricted license. This practice-to-theory model requires students to have a signed teaching contract from an accredited school district to be eligible for a restricted license and to participate in coursework.

To be eligible for the T2T program, students must:

  • Complete at least a BA/BS degree (in the secondary content field in which the candidate is seeking licensure) from an accredited higher education institution, two years or more prior to program entry.
  • Meet GPA requirements of 3.000 in last 60 hours, OR a GPA of 2.750 in last 60 hours combined with Miller Analogies Test score of at least 40 or Graduate Record Exam score.
  • Provide evidence of work experience in a field corresponding with the subject(s) they will teach.
  • Be fully admitted to the WSU Graduate School, in the MAT degree-bound category.
  • Receive passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills of Educators exam and the Praxis Subject Assessment exam.
  • Secure a teaching contract in an accredited Kansas school district.
  • Complete summer prerequisite education coursework.
  • Provide evidence of working with middle or high school students.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) transition to teaching track is a 36-credit-hour program. The program is offered for students seeking an initial license through an alternative licensure program. The core curriculum consists of:

Select courses in child/adolescent development and pedagogy21
Select research and reflection (within the 11 hours of research, students are required to complete either an action research portfolio or a master’s thesis)11
Select an internship with university supervisors provided4
Total Credit Hours36

MAT Transition to Teaching Program of Study

Required Courses
CESP 728Theories of Human Development3
CI 615Learning & Reading Strategies2
CI 701Foundations of Education2
CI 702Introduction to Exceptional Children3
CI 711Multicultural Education3
CI 743Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship I1
CI 744Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship II1
CI 748Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship III1
CI 749Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship IV1
CI 760ACreating an Effective Classroom2
CI 761AInstructional Planning and Technology2
CI 769Instructional Strategies, Technology Integration and Assessment2
CI 845Curriculum Models & Practice2
CI 848Analysis and Reflection2
CI 849Practices and Trends in Action Research2
CLES 801Introduction to Educational Research3
Capstone Courses
CI 860Seminar in Research Problems2
Select one of the following combinations2
Evidence Based Inquiry: Capstone Project Proposal
and Evidence-Based Inquiry: Capstone Project
Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis
Total Credit Hours36