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Degrees and Requirements

Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is intended for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any area and would like to earn initial teaching certification at the graduate level. The MAT program is meant to prepare graduate students for a career as a highly qualified teacher in Pennsylvania, skilled to teach any core subject at the 4th-6th grade level and skilled to teach a specific subject area (English/Language Arts and Reading; Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies) at the 7th-8th grade level. To earn state teaching certification, graduates of the MAT program must meet all of the teaching competencies and certification requirements set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. MAT program completers will be eligible for Grades 4-8 Teaching Certification in Pennsylvania.

Requirements for Program Entry:

• BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university
• Minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
• Security Clearances within the past six months:
            o PA Child Abuse History Clearance
            o PA State Police Criminal Record Check
            o FBI Fingerprinting Check

Pre-requisite credits (18):

  • 6 undergraduate credits in mathematics at or above College Algebra
  • 6 undergraduate credits in English (3 credits in composition and 3 credits in literature)
  • 3 credits of Educational Psychology or Developmental Psychology (Child/Adolescent)
  • 3 credits of Meeting the Instructional Needs of English Language Learners (ELL) - MLED2000 at LRU
    • MLED2000 may be taken at La Roche during the first semester of the graduate program

Content specialization:  
Passing score on 7th/8th grade content certification exam for Pennsylvania Middle Level Certification
--OR--
15 undergraduate and/or graduate credits within one of the following content areas:

  • English/Language Arts/Reading (including English or Literature)
  • Math (including Mathematics or Computer Science)
  • Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)
  • Social Studies (including History, Geography, or Political Science)

LA ROCHE REQUIREMENTS: To successfully complete the Master of Arts in Teaching, the following graduate coursework is required:

  • 9 credits of Accommodations and Adaptations for Students with Disabilities in an Inclusive Setting
  • 12 credits of Instructional Methods and Research
  • 9 credits of Student Teaching

Summary of Requirements

Graduate Course Requirements: 30 credits

  • EDSP5010
    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EDUCATIONAND INCLUSIVE PRACTICES

    EDSP5010
    CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EDUCATIONAND INCLUSIVE PRACTICES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP5020
    ASSESSMENT FOR DATA BASED INSTRUCTION

    EDSP5020
    ASSESSMENT FOR DATA BASED INSTRUCTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP6010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSELEARNERS

    EDSP6010
    LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSELEARNERS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDUC5000
    CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE MIDDLE LEVEL INSTRUCTION

    EDUC5000
    CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE MIDDLE LEVEL INSTRUCTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDUC5025
    CREATING POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR ADOLESCENTS

    EDUC5025
    CREATING POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR ADOLESCENTS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDUC6000
    INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES

    EDUC6000
    INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDUC6025
    PROFESSIONALISM AND ACTION RESEARCH

    EDUC6025
    PROFESSIONALISM AND ACTION RESEARCH

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDUC6050
    MIDDLE LEVEL STUDENT TEACHING

    EDUC6050
    MIDDLE LEVEL STUDENT TEACHING

    Credits (Min/Max): 9/9

    PREREQUISITES: