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Graduate MAT Degree in Elementary Education

Program Overview

Our five-semester MAT program is for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree and would like to become teachers. You’ll begin the program in the fall as a full-time graduate student and spend your first two semesters interning in a school while attending evening seminars on campus. The internship helps defray the cost of tuition, which is reduced during your internship. Upon meeting the teacher certification requirements, you will be qualified to teach children in first through sixth grade. 

We have forged collaborative partnerships with several area schools to allow you to learn best teaching methods while being an important part of that school’s educational team.  

The School of Education assists you in finding your first job in education by holding resume-writing workshops. It also helps with teacher certification paperwork and sponsors an interview evening during which local administrators advise students on their interviewing skills.

Curriculum and Requirements

Elementary Education MAT Curriculum

Course List
ED 521Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 525Diversity in the Classroom3
ED 535Elementary Internship & Seminar I1
ED 544Developing Literacy in the Primary Grades3
ED 545Elementary Internship & Seminar II1
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 556Teaching Literacy in Grades 4-63
ED 558Elementary School Science: Content and Pedagogy3
ED 562Facilitating the Arts in the Elementary Classroom2
ED 566Elementary School Social Studies: Content and Pedagogy2
ED 568Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades3
ED 569Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-63
ED 571Learning and Teaching the Developing Child3
ED 572Advanced Learning and Teaching3
ED 575Teacher Discourse: Language and Communication Issues in the Elementary Classroom3
ED 577Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching and Seminar6
ED 614Elementary Education Internship III1
ED 615Elementary Education Internship IV1
ED 693Research I1
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
Total Credits55

Admissions Requirements

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

  1. 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).
  2. A passing score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test or a Praxis Core Academic Skills Assessment Waiver.
  3. 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.
  4. A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.