MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching (Middle Level/Secondary Residency Track)

The MLS/MAT program is a partnership between WSU and Wichita-area school districts, which combines coursework and experience-based learning in a classroom setting. During this two-year residency, participants obtain positions as para-educator interns in the WSU Cooperative Education Program and work under the supervision of veteran teachers, while completing requirements for licensure and a MAT degree.

Key elements identified from various models of successful teaching residency programs include:

  • A two-year residency consisting of coursework and classroom experience.
  • Systematic mentoring and support while learning pedagogy.
  • Ongoing professional development through the residency and support in obtaining license.


Students in the MAT transition to teaching middle level/secondary 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 para-educator position with an accredited school district to be eligible for a restricted license and to participate in coursework.

To be eligible for the T2T Middle Level/Secondary 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 position as a para-educator in a partnering school district through WSU's Cooperative Education Program.
  • 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 Middle Level/Secondary 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) middle level/secondary residency track is offered for students seeking initial licensure in middle level (grades 5–8) and secondary (grades 6–12) education. The graduate level initial licensure program consists of 36 credit hours. The core curriculum for the middle level/secondary residency consists of:

Select courses in child/adolescent development and pedagogy22
Select research and reflection (Within the 10 hours of research, students may choose either the thesis or nonthesis research option)10
Select an internship with university supervisors provided4
Total Credit Hours36

MAT Middle Level/Secondary Residency Program of Study

Required Courses
CESP 728Theories of Human Development3
CI 615Learning & Reading Strategies2
CI 654_Instructional Methods in Middle Level/Secondary Education1
CI 701Foundations of Education2
CI 702Introduction to Exceptional Children3
CI 710BDifferentiated Instruction for Active Engagement2
CI 743Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship I 11
CI 744Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship II 11
CI 748Transition to Teaching or Residency Internship III 11
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 Problems1
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.