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Dual-Degree BA or BS/MAT in Secondary Education (4+1)

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Secondary educators have a passion for their subject matter, and they teach to instill that in their students. Our Dual-Degree Master of Arts in Teaching program gives you the subject matter knowledge and experience you need to profoundly impact the lives of students in grades 7–12.

By The Numbers


Moving Ahead

Percentage of 2018 MAT graduates employed as full-time teachers within four months of graduation.


Vast Opportunities

Quinnipiac has placed students in 49 schools within 17 local school districts, allowing opportunities for student teaching in a variety of school settings


Average Class Size

Quinnipiac's small class sizes ensure a student-centered approach, focused on your success.

Program Overview

The Dual-Degree MAT program enables you to complete your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and secondary teaching certificate (grades 7 through 12) within five years. In your first year, you’ll select a major, such as biology, English, history, Spanish or mathematics, which will prepare you to teach that subject at the secondary school level. We’ll teach you how to plan lessons, manage a classroom and enhance your understanding of teaching and learning in a contemporary school setting. 

As a freshman, you will begin the program with ED 140 Introduction to Public Education. This 1-credit course introduces you to the teaching profession and helps you to make choices about course work along with your major.

In your sophomore year, you will take two more courses in education: foundational courses in diversity and philosophy of education. All of these early courses provide opportunities to build relationships with faculty and become further involved in our School of Education events and clubs. At the end of your sophomore year, you will have a formal review of your overall academic work and meet with education faculty to review your status. So long as your grades are good and your desire to teach is still strong, you will be allowed to continue through the dual-degree program.

During your junior and senior years, you will spend time every semester in public schools with classroom teachers as well as increasing your course work in education. You’ll automatically transition to graduate school after you earn your bachelor’s degree, and your final year will be spent interning at an area school full-time, under the supervision of an on-site mentor and a School of Education faculty member.

Teaching certification and licensure is regulated by each state. Connecticut participates in the NASDTEC Interstate Compact ( States that participate in this compact agree to accept the planned program of study of graduates in any of the states that are part of that compact. Therefore, whether you are an out of state applicant or in-state, you can become a certified teacher wherever you want to teach.    

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus Michael Syrotiak sits at desks with students at Pomperaug High School.

Making an impact

Michael Syrotiak ’15, MAT ’16 teaches students lessons that will guide them inside and outside the classroom while at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut.

Teaching beyond the classroom

With his first year of teaching history at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut under his belt, Michael Syrotiak ’15, MAT ’16 feels energized, and is moving beyond basic history lessons. In addition to working with athletics and school social events, Syrotiak has designed a course titled Conversations on Race. “Cultural sensitivity is something incredibly important in education,” he said. “Moreover, it’s a subject I am very passionate about.”

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Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BA/MAT or BS/MAT in Secondary Education Curriculum

The secondary education program is designed to prepare the teacher candidate with strong teaching skills and a depth of content knowledge in the discipline they wish to teach. Students interested in secondary education must select a major from among the following: biology, English, history, mathematics or Spanish.

Central to candidates’ professional studies are undergraduate service-based courses (ED 341LED 342L, ED 343LED 409LED 452L) in which candidates gain 80 hours of hands-on experience, and the full-year graduate internship/residency experience in partner schools.

General Requirements

The following courses meet both the University Curriculum requirements and the Connecticut State Department of Education’s general education requirements. A grade of “B” or better is required in these courses.

EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 13
MA 110Contemporary Mathematics 23
or MA 140 Pre-Calculus
Select one of the following courses:3
HS 131
U.S. History to 1877
HS 132
U.S. History Since Reconstruction
HS 210
Contemporary America
World Language - Level 101 or higher3
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 236Child and Adolescent Development3
Social Sciences3
Fine Arts3
Total Credits27-28

Student must receive a grade of B or better in EN 101.  English majors must take EN 325


MA 140 is required if student tests out of MA 110 .  Student must receive a grade of B or better in either MA 110 or MA 140.

Professional Component Secondary

ED 140Introduction to Public Education and the Teaching Profession1
ED 250Diversity, Dispositions and Multiculturalism3
ED 260Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 341
& 341L
Learning and Teaching the Developing Child
and Learning and Teaching: Pedagogy Field Lab I
ED 343
& 343L
Advanced Learning and Teaching in Secondary Classrooms
and Advanced Learning and Teaching: Secondary Assessment Field Lab II
ED 409
& 409L
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
and English Language Arts Field Lab III
ED 477Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 50_Methods II, content specific3
ED 514Internship I1
ED 515Internship and Career Development Seminar1
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 576Teacher Discourse in the Secondary Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching6
ED 693Research I2
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552
& ED 452L
Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
and Inclusive Classroom Secondary Field Lab IV
Select three graduate content discipline courses12
Total Credits58

Additional course details
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Admissions Requirements

Application Overview

The Dual-Degree MAT program welcomes all freshman and sophomore students who have an interest in becoming a teacher. When you apply to Quinnipiac, you simply state that you are interested in becoming a teacher, or you want to explore your options to become a teacher. Once you indicate that teaching might be for you, our faculty and advisers will help you to choose the courses you need. There is no limit on the number of students we enroll in the Dual-Degree MAT program. In the spring of your sophomore year, the School of Education faculty members review your grade point average and request an interview with you as you continue through this program. To remain in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

Application Requirements

A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) for 45 credits of course work with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPAs below 2.67 will not be considered).

Provide evidence of one of the following basic skills assessments:
Praxis Core Mathematics, Reading, and Writing Tests, SAT, ACT

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, including one from a college instructor.

A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards.

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.

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.


If you are considering one of Quinnipiac's outstanding graduate programs, you're on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.

Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940