Quinnipiac MAT student Samantha Franzese talks with high school students Winter Von Kohler and Amarion Coleman, right, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 during a Physics class at Metropolitan Business Academy Interdistrict Magnet School in New Haven.

Graduate MAT Degree in Secondary Education

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Secondary educators have a passion for their subject matter, and they teach to instill that passion in their students. This graduate program in secondary education gives you the subject matter knowledge and teaching experience you need to profoundly impact the lives and futures of students in grades 7–12.



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.

Tuition Policy

Earn your master’s degree without breaking the bank

In our graduate MAT program, you’ll start in the fall semester as a full-time graduate student and spend your first two semesters interning in a local school while attending evening courses on our North Haven Campus. This internship enables you to attend Quinnipiac tuition-free, paying only the fees. Your third semester takes place in the summer and is the only time you will be responsible for paying the full tuition and fees. For the final two semesters, you can reduce your costs even further by electing a second internship option. This qualifies you for another tuition waiver in the fourth semester, and half-price tuition in the fifth semester. Students who decide not to take a second internship are responsible for full tuition and fees for their final two semesters.

For more details on the costs or for a cost breakdown, please contact Graduate Financial Aid.

Alumni Spotlight

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

Making an impact

Michael Syrotiak 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 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

Secondary Education MAT Curriculum

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

ED 500Internship and Seminar I1
ED 501Internship and Seminar II1
ED 509Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum3
ED 510Adolescent Development3
ED 521Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ED 525Diversity in the Classroom3
ED 550Issues and Research in Education2
ED 571Learning and Teaching the Developing Child3
ED 573Advanced Teaching and Learning - Secondary3
ED 576Teacher Discourse in the Secondary Classroom3
ED 577Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom3
ED 601Student Teaching6
ED 616Secondary Education Internship III1
ED 617Internship and Career Development Seminar1
ED 693Research I2
ED 694Research II2
SPED 552Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom3
Select one of the following methods courses:3
ED 502
& 502L
Teaching Methods in Secondary Biology
and Science Laboratory Safety Course
ED 503
Advanced Teaching Methods in Secondary Science (For Biology Teacher Candidates Only)
ED 512
Disciplinary Core Ideas, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts (For Biology Teacher Candidates Only)
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
Complete three graduate content discipline courses12
Total Credits58

Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information using the Course Finder tool.

Admission Requirements

Application Overview

May 1 is the priority deadline for fall enrollment.

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

Application Requirements

A minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) for 45 credits of course work with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major.

A transcript review that indicates a “B” or better performance in courses related to mathematics as well as English/language arts. (Students whose transcripts do not meet this criteria will be required to provide proof of basic math/reading competencies as determined by the MAT program director.)

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're 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
Email: graduate@qu.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

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