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Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1 Program

Master of Arts in Teaching 4+1 Program

University of Dallas undergraduate students can get a head start on their master's degree from the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts by taking graduate-level courses in their senior year to fulfill some of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. This program is designed so that students can complete both their undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) focuses on the advancement of teaching as a career, providing in-depth knowledge of teaching and extensive student-teaching experience under the direct mentorship of university faculty and accomplished teachers. There is no better way for University of Dallas students to gain hands-on teaching experience than working directly with students and practitioners in the field of education. 

Designed for a variety of pathways, the M.A.T. 4+1 is ideal for:

Students seeking secondary Texas teacher certification

Students seeking secondary Texas teacher certification are required to major in the specific subject area(s) in which they will teach and to take a prescribed set of education courses, including student teaching, during their undergraduate years.  Students interested in teaching in middle and high schools who then successfully complete all of the requirements for the M.A.T. will also satisfy all the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements for full Texas teacher certification.

Interdisciplinary studies majors

The baccalaureate degree for individuals who want to earn state licensure to teach in early childhood through eighth grade in Texas public schools is the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Those who want to earn licensure to teach at the secondary level, major in their content area and then take courses taught through the education department to earn a concentration in education and become eligible to take the licensure exam.

Interdisciplinary Studies (education) majors interested in teaching in elementary schools who then successfully complete all of the requirements for the M.A.T. will also satisfy all the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements for full Texas teacher certification.

Aspring Catholic school teachers

Students who are interested in teaching in Catholic schools, most especially at the secondary level, who successfully complete all of the requirements for the M.A.T. will also satisfy all the Texas Catholic Conference Education department pedagogy requirements for teaching in Texas Catholic Diocesan high schools.

Aspiring private or charter school teachers

Students who are interested in teaching in public charter or private schools where state certification is required who take courses taken as part of the M.A.T. program will satisfy the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) requirements for full Texas teacher certification.


M.A.T. 4 + 1 Degree Requirements:

The Master of Arts in Teaching program allows students to graduate with Texas State Teaching Certification for all-levels, elementary (early childhood - grade 6), middle school (grades 4 - 8) or secondary school (grades 7 - 12). It also prepares those who aspire to teach at the secondary level in Catholic Schools for Texas Catholic Conference Teaching Certification. 

M.A.T. Secondary State Teaching Certification

Students seeking certification to teach at the secondary level (grades 6-12) are required to complete the following undergraduate courses before their fifth year. Of these undergraduate credit hours, students may transfer 6 credit hours towards their M.A.T.

  • EDU 5302. Human Growth and Development
  • PHI 5303. Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education*
  • EDU 3111. Practicum Observation - Middle School*
  • EDU 3112. Practicum Observation - High School* 
  • EDU 5352. Education Evaluation

During the fifth year of the program, students are required to complete the following graduate courses:

  • EDU 65XX. Middle School Student Teaching Internship**
  • EDU 61XX. Student Teaching Seminar      
  • EDU 65XX. High School Student Teaching Internship**  
  • EDU 61XX. Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 5323. Secondary Reading
  • EDU 5351. History of American Education
  • Select two of the following:
    • EDU 5355. Foundations of English as a Second Language Instruction
    • EDU 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics
    • EDU 5342. Foundations of Catholic Education

* Concurrent enrollment required
** 1 semester = 5 credit hours

M.A.T. total credit hours: 30

Download the M.A.T. Secondary State Teaching Certification Degree Plan

M.A.T. Secondary Texas Catholic Conference Teaching Certification

Students seeking certification to teach theology at the secondary level (grades 6-12) are required to complete the following undergraduate courses before their fifth year. Of these undergraduate credit hours, students may transfer 6 credit hours towards their M.A.T.

  • EDU 5302. Human Growth and Development
  • PHI 5303. Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 4346. Principles of Secondary Education*
  • EDU 3111. Practicum Observation - Middle School*
  • EDU 3112. Practicum Observation - High School* 
  • EDU 5352. Education Evaluation

During the fifth year of the program, students are required to complete the following graduate courses:

  • EDU 65XX. Middle School Student Teaching Internship**
  • EDU 61XX. Student Teaching Seminar      
  • EDU 65XX. High School Student Teaching Internship**  
  • EDU 61XX. Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 5323. Secondary Reading
  • EDU 5351. History of American Education
  • RPS 6336. Catechetics and the Development of Faith
  • Select one of the following:
    • EDU 5355. Foundations of English as a Second Language Instruction
    • EDU 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics
    • EDU 5342. Foundations of Catholic Education

*Concurrent enrollment required 
** 1 semester = 5 credit hours

M.A.T. total credit hours: 30

Download the M.A.T. Secondary Texas Catholic Conference Teaching Certification Degree Plan

M.A.T. Elementary State Teaching Certification

Interdisciplinary Studies students seeking certification to teach at the elementary level (grades K-6) are required to complete the following undergraduate courses before their fifth year. Of these undergraduate credit hours, students may transfer 6 credit hours towards their M.A.T.

  • EDU 5302. Human Growth and Development
  • PHI 5303. Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 3325. Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers*
  • EDU 3101. Practicum Observation*
  • EDU 3326. Science in the Elementary School*
  • EDU 3103. Practicum Observation*
  • EDU 3323. Developmental Reading*
  • EDU 3102. Practicum Observation*
  • EDU 3324. Diagnostic and Corrective Reading
  • EDU 3322. Child and Young Adult Literature
  • EDU 3330. Integrated Curriculum
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education
  • EDU 5352. Education Evaluation

During the fifth year of the program students are required to complete the following graduate courses:

  • EDU 65XX. Primary School (grades K-2) Student
  • Teaching Internship**  
  • EDU 61XX. Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 65XX. Intermediate School (grades 3-5) Student
  • Teaching Internship** 
  • EDU 61XX. Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 5351. History of American Education
  • Select three of the following:
    • EDU 5355. Foundations of English as a Second Language Instruction
    • EDU 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics
    • EDU 5342. Foundations of Catholic Education
    • EDU 5357. Gifted and Talented: Nature and Needs

*Concurrent enrollment required 
** 1 semester = 5 credit hours

M.A.T. total credit hours: 30

Download the M.A.T. Elementary State Teaching Certification Degree Plan

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