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Master of Arts in Teaching


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a 39-credit hour program designed to provide initial teacher certification for those with bachelor’s degrees in selected fields. Students choose either an elementary or secondary content strand according to their area of emphasis and take 33 credit hours (11 courses) of classes.

After all of the required coursework has been successfully completed, students undertake a six credit hour student teaching internship where they will spend 15 weeks in a public school classroom. This in-depth clinical experience in the public school system provides the opportunity to plan, teach, and manage a classroom under the supervision of experienced and certified personnel.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree involves initial certification, and therefore, is subject to policies and procedures beyond those found in other graduate programs.

M.A.T. students can pursue certification in the following areas:

What our students are saying about the MAT program

"I am so grateful to the professors and my advisor, Dr. Toole, for the fantastic education I have received at Shepherd."
"Shepherd University's MAT program equipped me with the tools, knowledge, and hands on preparation to make this happen. Thanks to Shepherd and my amazing professors, I have been able to find ways to bring academics alive in the classroom and ignite a love and excitement for learning.- Bryan B. Hott, '14
"The professors in the MAT showed that excellent teachers work with and just as hard as their students. I couldn’t have succeeded without their dedication to our education."