Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching degree provides college students with:
- an alternative opportunity to teach in Mississippi secondary schools (7-12)
- mentoring and support for those who wish to teach
- the coursework, knowledge base, and field experiences needed to be a licensed, successful secondary teacher.
Twelve hours of MUW coursework are required for a Class A license. Twenty-one hours of undergraduate or graduate credit are required in the content area of licensure (must have grades of C or above). Thirty-six hours are required for a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. MAT students must have been employed by a school district within a 40-mile radius of MUW for one year to complete the twelve-hour, 5-year licensure requirements.
This program is based on the Five Core Propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Candidates who successfully complete this program will demonstrate competence in these propositions which are:
Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
Proposition 5: Teachers are members of learning communities.