Master of Arts in Teaching
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Graduate MAT Degree in Secondary Education

Quinnipiac's secondary education curriculum consists of an intensive program of study that begins in the Fall semester.

Each curriculum includes core certification courses that provide eligibility for teacher certification, advanced content (discipline) courses which satisfy master's degree requirements, and a unique internship experience which provides pre-service teachers the opportunity to learn about schools, students and teaching.

The graduate MAT program offers Quinnipiac teacher candidates a master of arts in teaching degree leading to certification through the Connecticut State Department of Education. Consistent with the University's mission, arts and sciences studies are integrated with professional studies to prepare graduates who have depth and breadth of content knowledge and strong pedagogical skills. The School of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), under the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes CAEP as a specialized accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education.

The program reflects the spirit and mission of Quinnipiac with close attention to the teaching standards for the state of Connecticut and to the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The three values of "excellence in education, a sensitivity to students, and a spirit of community," which are the heart of Quinnipiac's mission statement, are woven throughout the program.

To ensure admission into the program with a placement in an internship, applicants should complete the application process early. It is recommended that applicants complete the application process for graduate admission by the priority deadline of May 1 before the anticipated fall enrollment.

Interested in learning more? Hear directly from students in the program in this video.

Note: Because the education program is subject to state review on a regular basis, prospective and current students are advised to see the School of Education for up-to-date program information.





ED 500

Internship & Seminar I


ED 501

Internship & Seminar II


ED 508

Classroom Environment


ED 509

Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum


ED 510

Adolescent Development


ED 521

Social & Philosophical Foundations


ED 524

Methods I


ED 525

Diversity in the Classroom


ED 550

Issues & Research in Education


SPED 582

Special Education


ED 588

Teaching in the Middle Grades


ED 601

Student Teaching & Seminar


ED 693

Research I


ED 694

Research II


One of the following methods courses:




ED 502

Methods II: Teaching Biology


ED 504

Methods II: Teaching English


ED 505

Methods II: Teaching History/Social Studies


ED 506

Methods II: Teaching Mathematics


ED 507

Methods II: Teaching a World Language


Plus three graduate content discipline courses

To complete all requirements of the MAT program, a candidate must complete all course work and successfully complete all performance tasks to qualify for teacher certification.


Candidates participate in an internship during the first two semesters of the program.

Quinnipiac University has developed collaborative partnerships with school districts throughout central and southern Connecticut to provide graduate candidates with guided, hands-on professional practice and to defray some costs of the program. Candidates in the internship receive a tuition reduction during the internship semesters. (An optional second internship is available during the final two semesters, resulting in significant additional tuition reduction.)

Interns serve in area schools in a variety of capacities and as substitute teachers with guidance from an on-site adviser and from a Quinnipiac faculty member. Each intern has the opportunity to participate in staff meetings and take part in all school operations, becoming a valued member of the school faculty. In the late afternoon and early evening, candidates continue their formal studies on the Quinnipiac campus.


Admission to the five-semester graduate MAT program is based on a holistic review by MAT program faculty of the following admission requirements:

  1. Application form and fee
  2. A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPA's below 2.67 will not be considered)
  3. One of the following is required:
  4. At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of the applicant's suitability as a prospective educator
  5. A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards
  6. A formal interview during which the applicant is expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly; a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program
  7. Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for field study, internship and student teaching. Because a clinical experience is an integral part of each semester, failure to abide by this law will make an applicant ineligible for admission to the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.


Teacher candidates in the graduate MAT program at Quinnipiac are expected to demonstrate the professional behaviors and dispositions articulated in both the School of Education’s Professional Attributes and Dispositions document and the CT Code of Professional Responsibility for Teachers. Candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for graduate courses in each semester with at least a B- or better in any education course. A grade of C+ or below in any education course (including the graduate content area courses) requires the candidate to retake the course at his/her expense and earn the minimum B- grade.

If the candidate, once formally accepted into the MAT program, fails to maintain the minimum GPA, that candidate may be allowed to remain in the program for a single semester on probationary status. If a candidate on probation fails to meet the minimum GPA by the end of the single probationary semester, that candidate is dismissed from the program. Granting of probationary status is subject to the director’s approval and is neither automatic nor guaranteed.

Candidates failing to meet professional standards in the program may be subject to suspension or dismissal. In addition, candidates who exhibit a lack of effort or enthusiasm in the program, or who reveal interpersonal skills unsuited or inappropriate for teaching, will be required to meet with the MAT program director to discuss continuation in the program.

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