Alternative Certification Track (ACT) Program
Offered by the Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education, the MAT (formerly known as the Alternative Certification Track or ACT Program) is an opportunity for college graduates to earn a master's degree in education and receive recommendation for initial teacher certification in Middle Grades Education or Secondary Education.
Master of Arts for Teachers in Middle Grades Education or Secondary Education
The MAT Program offers two tracks of study.
For professionals currently teaching on a non-renewable non-professional certificate, students in the M.A.T.. can earn certification (T-4) after their first year and complete the requirements for the M.A.T. in their second year in the program (T-5). The curriculum includes two full semesters of internship/student teaching experience in the schools.
The second track is a full-time master's/certification program which incorporates evening courses and daytime apprenticeship and internships in the schools. This curriculum can be completed in four semesters of work, which includes two full semesters of internship/student teaching experience in the schools. Graduates of this track earn an M.A.T. and clear-renewable teaching certification (T-5) in four semesters of coursework.
To be considered for admission, applicants must complete both the MAT Program admission requirements and the requirements for College of Education's Teacher Education.