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List of 10 Schools for the MAT in Social Studies/History

 

List of Ten Schools for the MAT in Social Studies/History

The Master of Arts in Teaching is the degree that may get you to an advanced teaching position in an academic specialization of your choosing faster than any other graduate program. If your undergraduate degree aligns sufficiently with your selected teaching specialty you may be teaching the topic of your choice in a high school within a year-on a provisional teaching credential. It may take a few years of experience to obtain your professional teaching license but in those fields where there is an acute shortage of teachers, which is true of all the sciences, a student teaching placement may well lead to an entry level teaching position.

MAT programs differ in their approach to assembling the curriculum for teaching specializations. In those areas where teaching graduate students involves a high level of academic accomplishment; the MAT program may be a joint effort involving two departments. Our review of the top programs for an MAT in History & Social Sciences will illustrate that fact, and review briefly how the structure alters the student experience. Here are ten of the finest Master of Arts in Teaching for Social Studies/History programs in the country.

    • Johns Hopkins University requires thirty six undergraduate credits as a prerequisite for a MAT teaching specialty. In a science such as chemistry all of those credits would be in chemistry or a related field such as math. For the MAT in Social Studies, undergraduate credits in history, geography, economics and political science are acceptable.

    • Brown University offers the MAT for secondary education in Social Studies to students who have majored in history or any social science field except psychology. Those fields would include sociology, political science, anthropology and several others. Graduates from the American Studies program are encouraged to pursue MAT options in either Social Studies or English.

    • University of Pittsburgh allows all of the social science majors including psychology as acceptable undergraduate studies, provided you have thirty credits in your major and 24 additional credits distributed across the remaining six social science areas. Six credits in history coursework and six credits in cross-cultural or international studies are also required.

    • Bard College takes a more relaxed approach to the MAT in History/Social Studies, not requiring a major in history but insisting on upper division coursework in the field that involved substantial scholarship, research and writing. They also encourage upper division courses in the social sciences, but also without a minimum number of credits. Applicants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    • SUNY Stony Brook offers the MAT in History to students with an undergraduate degree in history or in one of the social sciences, excluding criminal justice, psychology, linguistics and communications. For students with the social sciences degree, there is also a requirement for an 18 credit minor in history. However the MAT program provides substantial opportunity to make up some of these course requirements during the graduate program.

    • Boston University accepts students to the MAT in Social Studies from a broad range of liberal art undergraduate majors, although most have majored in history or political science. The program is actually a joint degree offered through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Education and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

    • University of North Carolina has a MAT in Social Studies/History open to undergraduates with a major in history and one of these social science disciplines: political science, economy, geography, sociology and anthropology. Students who do not have majors in these areas but have substantial undergraduate credits may make up some of the prerequisites prior to enrolling or during the MAT program.

    • American University offers the MAT in Social Studies to any student who has thirty three undergraduate credits in a related major. Those areas would include history, geography, sociology, anthropology, or political science. Applicants must also pass the Praxis I, a standardized pre-professional skills assessment examination.

    • University of Southern Illinois makes the MAT in Social Studies available to students who have graduated in a range of liberal arts degrees. The admissions committee focuses on academic performance in the upper division major courses. Undergraduate deficiencies in the content area for the Social Studies/History specialization may be made up prior to entry or in some cases, during the program.

    • University of Georgia has an MAT in Social Studies program that is open to undergraduates with degrees in history, economics, political science, or geography. Students without a major in one of those fields will be considered, but must have completed 24 semester hours in the content areas that are beyond the requirements in the MAT curriculum.

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    List of Ten Schools for the MAT in Social Studies/History

    The Master of Arts in Teaching is the degree that may get you to an advanced teaching position in an academic specialization of your choosing faster than any other graduate program. If your undergraduate degree aligns sufficiently with your selected teaching specialty you may be teaching the topic of your choice in a high school within a year-on a provisional teaching credential. It may take a few years of experience to obtain your professional teaching license but in those fields where there is an acute shortage of teachers, which is true of all the sciences, a student teaching placement may well lead to an entry level teaching position.

    MAT programs differ in their approach to assembling the curriculum for teaching specializations.

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