Program

Master of Arts in Teaching
Secondary Teacher Certification

The Master of Arts in Teaching program for Middle Grades and Secondary Education (grades 6-12) is a 12-month program for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking a teaching certificate in secondary and middle grades education. Applicants to this program should have an undergraduate degree in a subject normally taught in Alaska secondary schools (e.g. English, social studies, mathematics, sciences, art, music). Contact Scott Christian for more information. Placement for this program are made throughout Alaska. A total of 36 graduate credits are required. To be considered in the first round for the upcoming cohort, cadidates must submit all application materials by May 1st. A secondary review of applicants will be completed in an ongoing manner based on available space in the program.

The six-week summer program is offered in the Juneau campus and prepares the intern to begin the teaching internship in the fall. Classes meet for the full day, Monday through Friday as students complete four graduate courses. Fall and Spring courses are offered via e-Learning only.

The MAT emphasizes education professionals with:

  • A strong content background in their teaching field (i.e., Bachelor’s degree in the content area).
  • A demanding graduate-level program.
  • A year-long intensive reflective/research-based classroom experience.
  • Participation in a dynamic learning community with student teachers across the state.
  • The MAT Secondary program is based on the following principles:

The UAS School of Education’s vision for the program is: Our graduates will be informed, reflective and responsive teachers within diverse classroom, school and community contexts.

To accomplish this, the student goals in the program are:

  1. Teacher candidates articulate, maintain and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.
  2. Teacher candidates understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.
  3. Teacher candidates differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.
  4. Teacher candidates possess current academic content knowledge
  5. Teacher candidates facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction and modification of teaching practice.
  6. Teacher candidates create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning community in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively
  7. Teacher candidates work as partners with parents, families and the community.
  8. Teacher candidates develop and maintain professional, moral and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships and habits of mind.
  9. Teacher candidates use technology effectively, creatively and wisely.

We take pride in being a small, high-quality program, providing more close, personal attention and support for each student. We believe in strong connections between campus learning and internship training. For optimal learning in this intense, high quality program, outside responsibilities should be limited.

MAT SECONDARY 2015-2016 Handbook