10 FAQS about the MAT Program
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
1. What is the MAT Program?
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a 39 semester-hour professional degree program designed to preprare students for initial teacher certification. It is an alternativce, collaborative degree program offered by Salisbury University (SU) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).
2. For whom is it intended?
The MAT is intended for students who have an earned, non-teaching baccalaureate degree in an appropriate content area, who now wish to become teachers.
3. In which areas may I obtain initial teacher certification?
Students may prepare for teacher certification in the following State-approved programs at UMES: Agriculture, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Mathematics, Music (vocal and instrumental), Social Studies and Technology.
4. How long does it take to complete this program?
Candidates in the MAT program are expected to complete the program as a cohort. The program begins with one course in the winter term (3 credits), a full load in the spring (12 credits), and one course in the first summer session (3 credits), a full load in the fall semester (12 credits), and the candidate will finish with their student internship and seminar coures the following spring semester (9 credits). Students whose study is interrupted, or who have to take several courses in the content major, will be allowed to continue with a later cohort on a space-available basis.
5. What are the admission requirements?
Although students must matriculate at the campus where there is a State-approved teacher prepartation program in their intended teaching field, applications will be admitted to the MAT program by a common SU/UMES admissions' process. Course work will be taken on both campuses and will be taught by both faculties.
possess a baccalaureate degree in one of the the conten areas listed above in question #3;
meet the requirements for regular admission to the UMES Graduate School;
take and pass the PRAXIS I examination;
possess and undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, or possess a prior graduate degree;
submit a writing sample essay in a supervised campus setting;
submit official transcripts from all institutions attended;
submit three letters of recommendation;
participate in the individual interview sessions.
6. What other professional requirements must I meet?
Each MAT student must pass the full-time internship, Master's Comprehensice Examination, take and pass PRAXIS II (UMES) and write a seminar paper (UMES) that addresses current educational research issues and reformations, as a condition of advancement to candidacy.
7. How long do I have to complete the program?
Students must complete the program within three calendar years after advancement to candidacy.
8. When must I submit my application?
MAT applications are processed once a year. All materials for admission to the MAT program must be submitted by October 1st before the January sessions of the year in which you wish to matriculate.
9. How will I know whether my content course work is acceptable?
Your transcript will be assessed by faculty in the department where your teaching conten major is located. Decisions regarding the currency and appropriateness of courses on your transcript will be made by the academic department. If you must take current content course work, you will be informed. It is you responsibility to work out this seperate schedule with your advisor.
10. What if my degree is more than five (5) years old?
When your degree is more than five(5) years old, it may be necessary for you to take additional courses in the major, that meet the teacher preparation course of study, before you take you methods course or are placed in an internship.