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Typically, secondary education teachers specialize in a particular subject area. If you have your bachelor’s degree, we offer an intensive program that allows you to earn your master’s degree in teaching and your teaching certification in five semesters. You’ll enter 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.
To become a secondary educator, you will take three graduate content courses to promote a deeper understanding of your area of expertise, as well as multiple courses in teaching and learning, classroom management and adolescent development. Subject specialties include:
We have forged collaborative partnerships with several area schools to allow you to learn best practices in teaching while being an important part of that school’s educational team. We have partnerships with 17 school districts throughout the state of Connecticut. These districts understand the importance of providing high-quality teaching experiences and opportunities to learn for our teacher candidates in a real-time classroom environment.
To help you secure your first job in education, we offer a range of career transition services including resume-writing workshops, mock interviews and assistance completing your certification paperwork.
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.
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.”Read the full story
Quinnipiac students at Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven, CT
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 500||Internship and Seminar I||1|
|ED 501||Internship and Seminar II||1|
|ED 509||Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum||3|
|ED 510||Adolescent Development||3|
|ED 521||Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education||3|
|ED 525||Diversity in the Classroom||3|
|ED 550||Issues and Research in Education||2|
|ED 571||Learning and Teaching the Developing Child||3|
|ED 573||Advanced Teaching and Learning - Secondary||3|
|ED 576||Teacher Discourse in the Secondary Classroom||3|
|ED 577||Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom||3|
|ED 601||Student Teaching||6|
|ED 616||Secondary Education Internship III||1|
|ED 617||Internship and Career Development Seminar||1|
|ED 693||Research I||2|
|ED 694||Research II||2|
|SPED 552||Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom||3|
|Select one of the following methods courses:||3|
|Teaching Methods in Secondary Biology|
and Science Laboratory Safety Course
|Advanced Teaching Methods in Secondary Science (For Biology Teacher Candidates Only)|
|Disciplinary Core Ideas, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts (For Biology Teacher Candidates Only)|
|Methods II: Teaching English|
|Methods II: Teaching History/Social Studies|
|Methods II: Teaching Mathematics|
|Methods II: Teaching a World Language|
|Complete three graduate content discipline courses||12|
Additional course details
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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:
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
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940