Each candidate for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree must complete 30 semester hours of coursework. All candidates regardless of licensure level will complete the core courses. Candidates will select either the appropriate track and complete requirements for that track throughout the core coursework as required in individual courses and the final portfolio.
MAT Initial course (Required to be taken during first term by all MAT Candidates)
|MAT 6003||Teaching and Learning for Diverse Learners (fall, spring, summer I)|
MAT Core Courses (Required)
|MAT 5083||Classroom and Group Management (fall, summer I)|
|MAT 5023||Survey of Exceptional Individuals (fall, spring)|
|MAT 5013||Classroom Assessment (fall, summer II)|
|MAT 6073||Learning Theory (spring, summer II)|
|MAT 6013||Methods in Education (spring, summer I)|
|MAT 5003||Strategies for Content Area Reading (fall, summer I)|
Licensure areas 4-8 and K-12/4-12
|MAT 6083||Teaching of Reading|
Licensure area 7 – 12
|MAT 6023||Multimedia for Educators (spring, summer II)|
Supervised Experience (choose 6 credit hours)
|MAT 6033||Internship I (first year of teaching)* (fall, spring)|
|MAT 6043||Internship II (first year of teaching)* (fall, spring)|
|MAT 6053||Student Teaching I ** (fall, spring)|
|MAT 6063||Student Teaching II ** (fall, spring)|
*Teacher candidates must have completed six (6) hours of coursework with a grade of C or above in order to apply for the provisional licensure in the specified content area and specified grade span prior to registration for Internship I MAT 6033 and Internship II MAT 6043.
** Any candidate that has completed the initial 24 hours of coursework and has not found a teaching position is eligible to student teach for 1 year and take Student Teaching I MAT 6053 and Student Teaching II MAT 6063. If you find a job after 1 semester of student teaching you will be placed in Internship II.
The following documentation must be housed in the teacher candidate’s licensure folder in the Office of Admission, Field Experience, and Licensure: official transcript, passing scores on all three parts of Praxis I or GRE score of Verbal Reasoning 142 or higher, Quantitative Reasoning 142 or higher, and Analytical Writing 3.5 or higher, passing scores on all required content area tests within the individual’s subject areas, results of fingerprinting by the FBI and the Arkansas State Police Department, completed application for provisional licensure, a letter of hire from the school district, and a mentor information form.
The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Southern Arkansas University is accredited by the Council of Educator Preparation (CAEP),www.caep.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator programs at Southern Arkansas University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
Program Admission Requirements (Must be completed PRIOR to taking courses):
- Admission to the SAU graduate school. This can be done online at www.saumag.edu/graduate. Admission to the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission to the MAT program. Candidate must reach MAT admission requirements in order for completed course work to count toward completion of the MAT degree.
- A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with official transcripts from each college/university attended. Official transcript(s) that indicate an earned major in the desired field of teaching, to be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Field Experience, and Licensure. Candidates will need 30 hours in their content for the K-12/4-12 and 7 – 12 tracks. For candidates choosing the 4-8 track 15 hours in two of the licensure areas is required. It is possible to take undergraduate coursework while taking MAT coursework to correct any deficiency in the content area in order to attain the equivalency of a major in the content area.
- An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.70 or above on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
- Passing scores on the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests in Reading(passing score = 156), Writing (passing score = 162) and Mathematics(passing score = 150), or GRE score of Verbal Reasoning 142 or higher, Quantitative Reasoning 142 or higher, and Analytical Writing 3.5 or higher. Visitwww.ets.org for complete information about the Praxis series of examinations. Visit www.gre.org for complete information about the GRE series of examinations.
- Passing scores on Praxis II specialty area examinations, excluding the PLT and/or Pedagogy tests. The PLT or Pedagogy test is required for graduation.
- A successful criminal background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Please contact the program director on how to complete the background check.
- An admissions application form completed and returned to the director of the program. Please contact the program director for the application form.
Teacher Education / College of Education
- COE Policy Handbook
- MAT Internship I and II Handbook
- MAT Student Teaching I and II Handbook
- Course Descriptions
- Arkansas Testing Requirements
Contact InformationDr. Neelie Dobbins MAT, Director Assistant Professor P.O. Box 9369 Magnolia, AR 71754 firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 870-235-4185 Fax: 870-235-5363
Licensure areas: 4-8(AR History Course Required)
- Social Studies
Licensure areas: K-12/4-12
- Music, Vocal and Instrumental
- Physical Education
- Business Education (4-12 licensure only)
Licensure areas: 7-12
- Business Education
- Family and Consumer Science
- Life Science
- Music, Vocal and Instrumental
- Physical Science
- Physical Education
- Social Studies (AR History Course Required)
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