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American University Catalog 2015-2016 
American University Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching (MAT)

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Offered by the School of Education , College of Arts and Sciences , the Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for the student with no previous background or preparation in education who wishes to acquire teaching certification in early childhood, elementary, K-12, or secondary education, or English for speakers of other languages.

Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must earn a satisfactory score on PRAXIS CORE as set by the District of Columbia.

Students must have an earned bachelor’s degree in the licensure area or 33 credit hours in the licensure subject area. A review of the undergraduate transcripts takes place upon admission.

Students seeking certification in English for speakers of other languages must be proficient in English. It is strongly recommended that native speakers of English have some background in at least one other language. International students are expected to demonstrate competence equivalent to a score of 600 or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to be endorsed for certification.

Degree Requirements

  • 36-39 credit hours of approved graduate work, including 30-33 hours of coursework and 6 hours of student teaching with required seminar.
    • Candidates must, over two semesters, successfully complete a practicum (15 hours/week) and student teaching (40 hours/week) field placement. Evaluation of practicum and student teaching will include observations from AU clinical faculty and local K-12 teachers.
    • Students’ undergraduate transcripts will be evaluated individually; based on this evaluation, students may be required to take additional coursework to meet certification requirements.
    • Option to waive coursework: Students with the appropriate prior study or professional experience in the field of education may be permitted to waive up to 6 credit hours of coursework without replacement. The waiving of credit hours and the specific courses to be waived are determined and approved by the advisor and the SOE dean upon admission to a master’s program. In addition, one of the following may be required: an assessment provided by an educational institution or organization which has criteria and evaluation procedures approved by the School of Education; or a portfolio developed in a one-credit independent study offered by SOE and submitted for evaluation and approval to the advisor and SOE dean.
  • Completion of the Praxis II Exam prior to graduation
  • Electronic professional teaching portfolio

Course Requirements

All coursework must be approved by the director of the MAT program. Evaluation of field performance may involve videotaping of classroom teaching.

Tracks (24-27 credit hours)

Complete one of the following tracks:

Secondary Education in Social Studies, English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (27 credit hours)

K-12 Education in Performing Arts, Art Studio, Spanish, French, Music, or Physical Education (27 credit hours)

Ongoing Assessment of Academic and Professional Performance

Students must be admitted to the MAT program before enrolling in methods courses (EDU-601 , EDU-602 , EDU-603 , EDU-604 , EDU-605 , EDU-606 , EDU-607 , EDU-608 , EDU-609 , EDU-663 /EDU-688 , or TESL-601 /TESL-602 ). To enroll in EDU-699 Student Teaching Seminar in Professional Practice , students must receive a positive evaluation from the Teacher Education Committee based on established criteria, a grade of B- or better in EDU-630 Foundations of Education  and EDU-620 Theories of Educational Psychology and Human Development , and grades of B or better in methods courses. Students must also earn a passing score (as set by the District of Columbia teacher licensing agency) on the PRAXIS CORE or equivalency exam.

Combined Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

This program enables highly qualified students to earn both a BA or a BS in a related discipline and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).


Students should apply to the master’s program in the second semester of their junior year. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in major and minor courses and must satisfactorily complete the following:

All requirements for the BA or BS in the student’s major

Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses, including EDU-643 , or EDU-665  and EDU-654  to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.

All requirements for the MAT

Including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.

Teaching (MAT) and International Peace and Conflict Resolution (MA)

Graduates receive a Master of Arts (MA) in International Peace and Conflict Resolution  through the School of International Service  and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)  (Secondary Education track) through the School of Education , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program

Applicants must hold an accredited bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B+ (3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale) and should have had at least 24 credit hours of social science coursework relevant to international studies. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements, if otherwise admissible, may be assigned additional coursework specified at the time of admission.

Students must apply to both the School of International Service (SIS) and the School of Education in the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to either of the participating teaching units in no way implies admission to the other unit. For more information on admissions requirements, contact the SIS Graduate Admissions Office at 202-885-1646 or the School of Education Teacher Education Office at 202-885-3720.

All applicants whose native language is English or those whose degrees are from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English are required to submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they hold a degree from a US-accredited institution before enrollment. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Fall applicants should plan to take the appropriate test no later than December to ensure full consideration of the application by the January deadline.

For secondary education certification, students must have a bachelor’s degree or 33 credit hours in the subject area they are seeking licensure. It is anticipated that students who complete the MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution will have sufficient background to meet certification requirements in social studies. However, students who meet requirements for other subject areas will also be considered. Students will be notified at the time of admission concerning additional coursework required for state certification.

Dual Degree Requirements

  • 57 credit hours of approved graduate coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
    • Students must complete 6 credit hours in the education core courses, 6 credit hours of student teaching, 15 credit hours in secondary education, 3 credit hours of electives, 9 credit hours in peace and conflict resolution core courses to receive the MAT.
    • Students must complete 9 credit hours in peace and conflict resolution core courses, 3 credit hours in economics, 6 credit hours in methodology, 6 credit hours of electives, 3 credit hours in a capstone experience, and 12 credit hours in the education core/secondary education track to receive the MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
    • In addition to intensive coursework and student teaching placements, students are also required to participate in an educational internship program. These field placements are carefully supervised and coordinated to meet state certification requirements.
  • SIS Capstone experience: demonstration of critical thinking, research and writing skills through completion of a master’s thesis, substantial research paper requirement, or practicum. All courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be passed with a grade of B or better.
    • Thesis: 6 credit hours of thesis credit and submission of the thesis.
    • Substantial research paper requirement: 3 credit hours.
    • Practicum: 3 credit hours.
  • Evidence of professional experience in the field. Relevant internship or work experience must be certified.
  • Proficiency in a modern foreign language. Research competence in English and another language relevant to the student’s career objectives must be certified.
  • Praxis CORE and Praxis II Exams, as determined by state certification requirements.
  • Electronic professional teaching portfolio.

Course Requirements

Education Elective (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours of approved elective coursework in education

Economics (3 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:

Social Science Research Methodology (6 credit hours)

SIS Electives (6 credit hours)

  • 6 credit hours selected from skills workshops, internship for credit, master’s thesis requirement, or other elective courses from School of International Service

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

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