The Education Department offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial certification degree at the Dover campus. Full time faculty from the main campus teach all courses, assuring continuity and quality of the program. The MAT program is an alternative licensure program for students who have a baccalaureate degree in a content area (history, biology, chemistry, math, political science, English). Students can earn a masters degree and receive their initial teaching license through this program. MAT candidates have several time options for program completion:
1. Wesley seniors who have completed undergraduate degree requirements may enroll in classes in the spring semester of their senior year.
2. Other MAT candidates who wish to complete the program in a calendar year may enroll in classes in the summer.
3. MAT candidates may also complete the degree part time, especially if they wish to work as interns or graduate assistants.
GRADUATE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING (MAT) for initial licensure and certification
An applicant must have:
1. A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate content area or Praxis II passing scores (Delaware) in the content area.
2. Have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average or higher and must also have an overall grade point average in their major discipline of 3.0 or higher.
3. Submit official copies of passing scores (Delaware) on the PRAXIS I examination in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
4. Submit typed statement of professional goals and a resume.
5. Provide two letters of recommendation, one of which must be an evaluation of applicant’s instructional ability and attitude toward the teaching/learning process. (Applicants who lack teaching experience [initial certification program] should ask for a recommendation from a college instructor in their major discipline or an employer familiar with their teaching potential.)
6. Official copies of passing scores (Delaware) on the PRAXIS II content area test (required to graduate from degree program).
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