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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.

Special Education, M.A.T.

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities.

The M.A.T. in Special Education is designed for candidates who are seeking initial certification in special education. The M.A.T. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer, and all courses are offered online and/or via audio-conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

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 Letters of Recommendation on SOE form
  4. Interested Person Report
  5. Admission Writing Sample
  6. Passing Praxis Core exam results — scores must be sent to UAS (code R4897) and the Department of Education & Early Development (code R7027).

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


Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours39
Foundational Courses9
Program Requirements36

Foundational Courses

ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDSES482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3

Program Requirements

EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDS605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Educational Psychology3
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Official Praxis Core exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
  4. Official Praxis Subject Assessments as required by the State for your subject area meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification

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