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List of 10 MAT Specializations

 

List of Ten MAT Specializations

A Master of Arts in Teaching is a lot of learning packed into a year of fifteen months for students who have had no previous learning experience in teaching. There are a lot of undergraduates that move into the MAT program with a career track already planned, so they know what they would like to teach, at what level they would feel the most comfortable, and with a sense of the duties and responsibilities that each level of K-12 teaching requires.

For those coming from other careers, with bachelors' degrees in fields other than education, the challenge is to firm up an interest in teaching by developing a focus on where you want to teach, what you want to teach and what will be required to obtain a state license in order for you to realize your goal. Below is a list of many-but not all-of the areas of focus offered by MAT programs at various universities. These are the most common choices for aspiring teachers, in some cases the most acutely needed teaching professionals and in some cases the most lucrative choices for a teaching career.

MAT in Art Education generally requires an undergraduate degree in art, art history, or a BFA in a studio art of some sort. One of the courses focuses on spotting exceptional ability in children, an especially rewarding endeavor in the field of art.

MAT in Elementary Education, Multiple Subjects can be an entry option for students who majored in English, Mathematics, History, Political Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or one of the Social Sciences.

MAT in Middle Grades Education Science and Math requires substantial background in these fields although the bachelor's degree is less important than the course work. As an example this MAT program requires 15 credits of undergraduate work in math and 15 credits in one or more of the sciences.

MAT in Music Education can be a combination effort from the Department of Music and the Department of Education; offering music teaching methods from the former and all of the rest of the classroom skills from the latter. Entrants will need a bachelor's degree in music and possibly an interview with admissions personnel.

MAT in Physical Education is a great option for parents who love to coach and who are seeking a mid career change. Most P.E. teachers double as some sort of team coach and in many cases, that additional role can mean additional revenue. The undergraduate prerequisites can sometimes be part of the MAT program but may lengthen it for those with little academic background in the field.

MAT in Secondary English Education requires a bachelor's degree in English. Some programs that limit their MAT offerings may make this one available only to teachers who already have a certification in English at a lower level. It's not an easy subject to cover for four years of progressive teaching through high school.

MAT in Secondary Education/Interdisciplinary Sciences is another challenging option; students with non-teaching backgrounds need a bachelor's in one of the sciences. Some schools limit this degree option to teachers who are already have a science teaching credential for a lower level, because there is so much science to learn in so little time. But it is arguably the highest paying teaching job available in the public schools.

MAT in Secondary Education/Mathematics is going to require a bachelor's degree in mathematics, possibly in engineering or in physics. Obviously the math orientation is intensive and learning to teach four years of high school math is going to take you well into calculus, especially if you are teaching AP classes.

MAT in Secondary Social Studies/History will require an undergraduate degree in history or one of the social sciences, usually excluding psychology and the more focused areas such as criminal justice or communication.

MAT in Special Education can be one of several degrees. Some are built around teaching skills for the disabled and may apply for every grade level. Others are MAT programs for teaching academic subjects to students who need special assistance or attention for emotional or intellectual reasons and may be for certain grade levels. There are multiple certification choices for this area in most states.

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List of Ten MAT Specializations

A Master of Arts in Teaching is a lot of learning packed into a year of fifteen months for students who have had no previous learning experience in teaching. There are a lot of undergraduates that move into the MAT program with a career track already planned, so they know what they would like to teach, at what level they would feel the most comfortable, and with a sense of the duties and responsibilities that each level of K-12 teaching requires.

For those coming from other careers, with bachelors' degrees in fields other than education, the challenge is to firm up an interest in teaching by developing a focus on where you want to teach, what you want to teach and what will be required to obtain a state license in order for you to realize your goal. Below is a list of many-but not all-of the areas of focus offered by MAT programs at various universities.

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