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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs are designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree with content coursework appropriate to their teaching area and grade level and who are seeking a teaching certificate. There are currently three M.A.T. programs at UAS: The MAT in Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education. All candidates will be required to complete a student teaching experience. University supervisors work closely with “host” schools and will travel to meet personally with each candidate and the mentor or host teacher. The content coursework required for each program varies and should be discussed with the program coordinator. In order to defray some of the costs of the supervisor’s travel, an additional fee will be assessed.

The secondary and middle grades program (grades 6–12) is an intensive 11-month program with internships available throughout the state of Alaska. It is usually offered as a cohort model beginning in the summer with courses taken on the Juneau campus. Students may also enter the program in August or January with approval from the program coordinator. In the fall and spring students take e-Learning classes in addition to the internship in the community where they’ve been placed.

The elementary and special education programs are delivered by e-Learning at the student’s individual pace. Application and program information online.

Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessments Exams

In order to be fully admitted to an M.A.T. program, applicants must pass all three sections of the Praxis Core exam at state-approved levels. Passing CBEST or WESTB scores in reading, writing, and mathematics may be submitted in lieu of passing Praxis Core scores. Praxis Core must be successfully completed prior to practicum or student teaching.

Praxis exams must be successfully completed as a condition of program completion and are required for issue of Institutional Recommendations.

Prior to completing the M.A.T. program, prospective teachers must pass Praxis Subject Assessments as required by the State for your certification area.

For Secondary students, the Praxis Subject Assessments exam(s) will be in the content area where endorsement is desired. See your advisor for information about which content area Praxis Subject Assessments are recognized by the State of Alaska.

Rural Alaska Experience

Students completing the internship or student teaching during spring semester are eligible to visit a rural community in Alaska and observe and teach in the community school. The School of Education will arrange one full week of classroom participation visit and cover the airfare costs associated with the travel.

Elementary Education, M.A.T.

This program is offered to students throughout Alaska who desire the flexibility of an e-Learning program. Onsite cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in this program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments as well as a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education is embedded in the M.A.T. program. For more information on certification see the graduate certificate section of this catalog. This program leads to a Master’s degree as well as recommendation for an Alaska Initial Elementary (grades K-8) teaching certificate.

For student teaching, the department may limit registration, determine assignments, and prescribe the number of teaching hours required. Six successful credits of student teaching are required. The Program Director reserves the right to require an additional 3-6 credit hours of student teaching for students who fail to meet the standard.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Two recommendations addressing professional dispositions for the Elementary program on specific forms provided by the UAS School of Education
  4. Interested Person Report form completed
  5. A writing sample consisting of a statement of professional objectives provided by UAS School of Education and an impromptu essay
  6. Information Release Waiver Statement
  7. Letter of Support from Local School District. Not required for Anchorage School District or Juneau School District
  8. Documentation of successful work with children and early classroom experience
  9. Passing Praxis Core exam results — scores must be sent to UAS and the Department of Education & Early Development
  10. Student Information Sheet

Additional information and links to forms can be found on the School of Education website.


Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours51
Foundational Courses9
Major Requirements42

Foundational Courses

COEDS001Preparations for Teacher Education Programs0
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
EDS320BPE in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3

Select one of the following (1 credit):

EDS320AArt in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320CMusic in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320DDrama in the K-8 Curriculum1

Major Requirements

ALSTS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS616Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS617Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS618Social Studies Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS619Classroom Management and Discipline3
EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS680Perspectives on Multicultural Education3
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDSES482The Inclusive Classroom for All Children3

Recommendation for certification will be granted upon successful completion of the above coursework. Students are encouraged to complete the remaining coursework required for the M.A.T. degree during their initial years as classroom teachers:

EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS698Master's Research Project or Portfolio3

Exit Criteria

  1. A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
  2. Official Praxis Subject Assessments as required by the State for your subject area meeting Alaska cut scores are due upon completion of student teaching and are required for issuance of the Institutional Recommendation and graduate certificate.
  3. 3.00 GPA

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