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Master of Arts in Teaching

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For the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Columbia College and the Education Faculty have endorsed national certification of teachers, and have adopted the core proposals of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as goals of the program. When conducting best practice, teachers:
  1. Are committed to students and their learning;
  2. Know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students;
  3. Are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning;
  4. Think systematically about their practice and learn from experience; and
  5. Are members of learning communities.
All MAT students who are public school teachers are encouraged to use their program of study as a springboard to obtaining national certification.

To help students reach these goals, Columbia College believes that truly effective teaching must be modeled, not just taught. Therefore faculty are encouraged to engage students in active learning, research in field situations, problem solving, interactive dialogue and questioning, and constant exploration of what is and what could be. Students are supported in their efforts: to identify and evaluate relevant issues as they relate to various aspects of teaching and learning; to engage in critical and creative thinking with colleagues, peers and professors; to develop as whole persons, valuing individualism, uniqueness and diversity of others; to consistently use reflection and research as the foundation for decision making; and, to value and promote professionalism and a commitment to learning which is never ending.

Emphasis Areas (available for Main Campus in-seat students only) Courses are grouped into three areas: curriculum and instruction, psychological and philosophical foundations, and measurement and evaluation. Students may elect to structure an academic emphasis by taking 12 hours from one area.

Add-On Certificates (available for Main Campus in-seat students only) Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education, Gifted Education, and Reading Specialist add-on certificates are available to students who are certified teachers. Students wishing to pursue an add-on certificate need to work closely with their academic advisors to fulfill certificate requirements. Focused Academic Sequence A Focused Academic Sequence (FAS) can be developed and implemented to quickly and effectively respond to a student's specific needs. Any student may request an FAS to meet any baccalaureate or graduate academic need for which there is no present academic degree, major, minor, concentration, emphasis or endorsement.

In a formal business memorandum, addressed to the academic department chair(s), and jointly signed by the student and the faculty member working with the student, an FAS must be requested. An FAS request, taking the form of a specific educational objective, or objectives, and specification of the completed coursework necessary for meeting the objective, or objectives, must be approved by the department chair(s) of the department(s) in which the coursework is to be completed. The chair of the academic department in which the student is pursuing an academic major is responsible for monitoring the student's FAS progress, and for notifying the Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs when the FAS has been completed and a letter of completion is justified. The Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs issues the 'Letter of Completion' and authorizes the Registration Office to enter notice of the letter in the student's academic transcript.

MAT Program Requirements
1. Students must meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements of the College.

2. Students must complete a minimum of thirty-six graduate semester hours in an approved course of study. The program is comprised of a core of three courses required of all students, and at least two courses in each of the three areas of curriculum and instruction, psychological and philosophical foundations, and measurement and evaluation.

Alabama disclaimer: "Educator Preparation programs: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at"

Washington disclaimer: 'This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.' - Washington Student Achievement Council

Disclaimer: Degree requirements and the availability of business majors varies by nationwide campus.

Degree Requirements


Required Core Courses

9 sem. hrs

  EDUC 500View Syllabus Research Design 3 hrs
  EDUC 504View Syllabus Curriculum Design and Evaluations 3 hrs
  EDUC 508View Syllabus Integrative Project 3 hrs


Support Courses in each area

18 sem. hrs

  Curriculum and Instruction 6 hrs
  Psychological and Philosophical Foundations 6 hrs
  Measurement and Evaluation 6 hrs


Elective or emphasis courses

9 sem. hrs

  Course 1 3 hrs
  Course 2 3 hrs
  Course 3 3 hrs

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