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.


To be eligible for the MLS program, students must:

  • Complete at least a BA/BS degree from an accredited institution prior to entry in the subject(s) they will teach.
  • 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.
  • Be admitted to the WSU Graduate School.
  • Receive passing scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and the Praxis II content area exam.
  • Secure a position as a para-educator in a partnering school district through WSU's Cooperative Education Program.
  • Complete summer prerequisite education coursework.

Applicants to the MAT middle/secondary resident program must pass a criminal background check that they obtain at their own expense. Information regarding the approved background check service provider is available from Education Support Services.

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 711Multicultural Education3
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 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 Hours37

 Students may opt to complete CI 781 with approval from advisor.