The M.A.T. Secondary program has four distinct phases
See also UAS Academic Requirements for the M.A.T. Secondary program for program description and list of degree requirements.
Phase One: Two three-week summer sessions for six credits each conducted in Juneau before the public schools open in the fall (July August).
Phases Two and Three: During the public school year (end of August through the end of May) the M.A.T. students serve as interns with their mentor teacher in a middle or high school classroom. Interns spend four days a week in the public schools and one day a week on campus taking nine graduate credits in both the fall and spring semester. Students may intern in any school district in Alaska during phases two and three.
Rural Alaska or Overseas Teaching; Phase three, spring semester (optional): For interns who exhibit exemplary teaching skills during the fall semester, we offer a program which will allow the intern to practice his/her teaching skills in a rural Alaskan or overseas setting. The overseas program enables the intern to practice teaching for approximately seven weeks in an English speaking school in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Kenya, or India. An intern wishing to participate in this program must be recommended by the host teacher and University Supervisor and is responsible for all travel and living expenses. The Rural Practicum program is funded by a grant from the UA President’s office and is meant to encourage prospective teachers to accept positions in bush Alaska. A recommended intern will spend approximately one week in a rural Alaskan school working with the rural students. All travel costs are provided by the grant.
Phase Four: Students return to Juneau. A one-month summer session for six credits that will draw on students' recent experiences and extend their professional knowledge
At the end of Phase Four interns will have completed all the coursework required for the M.A.T. To complete the degree requirements students must:
- Pass a Master's Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals and outcomes,
- Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores,
- Praxis II content area exam score(s) meeting Alaska cut scores, and
- 3.0 GPA.
Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students receive a Master of Arts in Teaching and a recommendation for an Alaska Initial Teaching Certificate, grades 7-12, in the content area(s) they are prepared to teach. Certification is granted by the Alaska Department of Education.
Tuition: The Secondary M.A.T. Program comprises 36 graduate semester hours of credit. Click here to review graduate tuition and fees.
To receive Alaska resident tuition rates you must be able to prove one of the following:
- The applicant has been physically in Alaska for two years (apart from documented illnesses, vacations, attending another educational institution while maintaining Alaska residency or other absences not exceeding 120 days in a two-year period).
- The applicant received or has been qualified to receive the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend within the past 12 months.
- The applicant is a dependent child of an Alaskan resident (as defined above)
For an explanation of the program in an outline form, refer to the M.A.T. Timeline.
This is an intensive, immersion-type program with high quality learning experiences in coursework and internship. It is designed to provide future educators with an up-to-date professional preparation through innovative approaches.