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Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is an exciting and innovative graduate program that prepares teachers for leadership positions in the secondary school setting. By exploring the roles of teacher as researcher, scholar-practitioner and educational leader, the Master of Arts in Teaching program cultivates a learning community of faculty and students through dialogue and critical inquiry. All coursework is fully online, with some courses holding regular virtual class meetings.

This 30-hour graduate program is designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree but are not certified to teach. Students receive Texas teacher certification through an 18-hour certification sequence that includes the following courses:

SEED 5312 (formerly SED 527) - The 21st Century EC-12 Student
SEED 5314 (formerly SED 522) - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
SEED 5316 (formerly SED 523) - Responding to Ethical and Legal Issues in Education
SEED 5318 (formerly SED 525) - Classroom Management and Professional Responsibilities
SEED 5343 (formerly SED 543) - The Professional Educator
SEED 5341/5142/5344 (formerly SED 541/542/544) - PBIC Internship/Student Teaching

In addition to Texas teacher certification, students take the following four courses to complete the master's degree:

SEED 5320 (formerly SED 515): Contemporary Issues in Secondary Education
SEED 5321 (formerly SED 560): Technology and Teaching
SEED 5391 (formerly SED 591): Practical Inquiry and Action Research I
SEED 5392 (formerly SED 592): Practical Inquiry and Action Research II

The learning outcomes of this graduate degree program are based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education professional standards.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria to be accepted into this graduate programs

If you are interested in applying to these programs, apply to the Graduate School here. You will be charged a $50.00 application fee. The Graduate School will calculate your GPA to determine eligibility.

MAT candidates are accepted up to one week prior to the fall semester.

To see a listing of the all the necessary standards, addressed by course, and key assessments, click here.

For admissions information, please see the Post Baccalaureate Initial Certification (PBIC) information flyer.

Please read the Secondary Education Graduate Programs Handbook.

For questions about testing, admission into the MAT program,or internship placement, contact:

For questions about coursework, contact:

Dr. Amanda Rudolph
Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator

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