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.), or equitable coursework, 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), or equivalent coursework from an accredited higher education institution in a regular content area eligible for restricted licensure.
  • Meet GPA requirements of 2.750 in last 60 hours of college coursework completed to meet state alternative certification and graduate school admission requirements.
  • Be fully admitted to the WSU Graduate School, in the T2T/MAT degree-bound category.
  • Receive passing scores on the Praxis Subject Assessment exam for the restricted licensure area.
  • Secure a teaching contract in an accredited Kansas school district.
  • Complete summer prerequisite education coursework.
  • Complete a supervised practical training experience under the collaboration of WSU and the hiring school district.

Preferred criteria for success in the T2T program:

  • Evidence of work experience in a field corresponding with the subject(s) they will teach.
  • 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 710BDifferentiated Instruction for Active Engagement2
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 IV3
CI 760ACreating an Effective Classroom2
CI 761AInstructional Planning and Technology2
CI 769Instructional Strategies, Technology Integration and Assessment2
CI 794Diversity and Culture in a Global Society3
CI 848Analysis and Reflection2
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

 Applied Learning

Students are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from programs in curriculum and instruction. The requirements can be met by completing either a master’s thesis or capstone research project in which the emphasis is on applying professional practices to research and is directly linked to applied learning.