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:

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.

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.

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. Elementary State Teaching Certification

Interdisciplinary Studies students seeking certification to teach at the elementary level (grades EC-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 3147, 3148. Reflective Teaching (2 semesters required)
  • EDU 3305. Computer Problem Solving.
  • EDU 3322. Child and Young Adult Literature.
  • EDU 3323, 3102. Developmental Reading with Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3324. Diagnostic and Corrective Reading
  • EDU 3325, 3101. Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers with Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3326, 3103. Science in the Elementary School with Field Based Experience
  • EDU 3327 Child Growth and Development or EDU 5302 Human Growth and Development
  • EDU 3330. Integrated Curriculum
  • EDU/PHI 5303. Philosophy of Education
  • EDU 4343. Principles of Elementary Education
  • EDU 5351 History of American Education
  • EDU 5352. Education Evaluation
  • EDU 5355 Foundations of ESL Instruction

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

  • EDU 6147. Graduate Clinical Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 6148. Graduate Clinical Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 6802. Early Childhood School (Grades K-3) Clinical Teaching
  • EDU 6806. Intermediate School (Grades 4-6) Clinical Teaching
  • Select two of the following Education Electives:
    • EDU 5357. Gifted and Talented: Nature and Needs
    • EDU 5342. Foundations of Catholic Education
    • EDU 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics
    • EDU 5357  Sociology of Education
    • EDU 5356 Educational Research Design
    • EDU 6333 Foundations of Literacy Learning

** 1 semester = 12 credit hours

M.A.T. total credit hours: 30

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

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 4346, 3111, 3112. Principles of Secondary Education with Field Based Experience (Middle School & High School).
  • EDU 3147.  Reflective Teaching.
  • EDU 3305.  Computer Problem Solving.
  • EDU/PHI 3335.  Philosophy of Education.
  • EDU 5323.  Reading in Secondary Schools.
  • EDU 5351.  History of American Education.
  • EDU 5352.  Education Evaluation
  • EDU 3327 Child Growth and Development or EDU 5302 Human Growth and Development

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

  • EDU 6147. Graduate Clinical Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 6148. Graduate Clinical Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 6808. Middle School Clinical Teaching      
  • EDU 6812.  High School Clinical Teaching.
  • EDU 5355.  Foundations of ESL Instruction.
  • Select two of the following Education Electivies:
    • EDU 5337. Gifted Learners: Nature and Needs.
    • EDU 5342. Foundations of Catholic Education.
    • EDU 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics
    • EDU 5357. Sociology of Education.
    • EDU 5356. Educational Research Design.
    • EDU 6333. Foundations of Literacy Learning.

** 1 semester = 12 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 4346, 3111, 3112. Principles of Secondary Education with Field BAsed Experience (Middle School & High School).
  • EDU/PHI 3335. Philosophy of Education.
  • EDU 5323. Reading in Secondary Schools.
  • EDU 5351. History of American Education.
  • EDU 5352. Education Evaluation.
  • EDU 3327 Child Growth and Development or EDU 5302 Human Growth and Development

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

  • EDU 6147. Graduate Clinical Teaching Seminar      
  • EDU 6148. Graduate Clinical Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 6808. Middle School Clinical Teaching.
  • EDU 6812. High School Clinical Teaching.
  • Select two of the following Education Electivies:
    • EDU 5337. Gifted Learners: Nature and Needs.
    • EDU 5342. Foundations of Catholic Education.
    • EDU 5354. Language Acquisition/Linguistics
    • EDU 5357. Sociology of Education.
    • EDU 5356. Educational Research Design.
    • EDU 6333. Foundations of Literacy Learning.

** 1 semester = 12 credit hours

M.A.T. total credit hours: 30

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

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