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.
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 pedagogy||21|
|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 provided||4|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
MAT Transition to Teaching Program of Study
|CESP 728||Theories of Human Development||3|
|CI 615||Learning & Reading Strategies||2|
|CI 701||Foundations of Education||2|
|CI 702||Introduction to Exceptional Children||3|
|CI 711||Multicultural Education||3|
|CI 743||Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship I||1|
|CI 744||Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship II||1|
|CI 748||Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship III||1|
|CI 749||Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship IV||1|
|CI 760A||Creating an Effective Classroom||2|
|CI 761A||Instructional Planning and Technology||2|
|CI 769||Instructional Strategies, Technology Integration and Assessment||2|
|CI 845||Curriculum Models & Practice||2|
|CI 848||Analysis and Reflection||2|
|CI 849||Practices and Trends in Action Research||2|
|CLES 801||Introduction to Educational Research||3|
|CI 860||Seminar in Research Problems||2|
|Select one of the following combinations||2|
|Evidence Based Inquiry: Capstone Project Proposal|
and Evidence-Based Inquiry: Capstone Project
and Master’s Thesis
|Total Credit Hours||36|