Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a good option for adults who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a Pennsylvania teacher’s certificate. That helps teacher candidates earn their certification at the same time they are completing a master's degree that can meet master’s degree requirement for the level II certification later on. There are options for Grades PK-4, Grades 4-8, and a variety of secondary subject areas for Grades 7-12. The courses are mostly online before the final semester when student teaching takes place. Face-to-face field experience in schools is required during the fall and spring semesters. For students taking three courses a semester, the program runs fall, spring, summer, fall, and finish with student teaching in the spring.
Randi Quattro is the enrollment coach for that program (Quattro@pennwest.edu) and she can help with admissions questions and the application process. Drs. Connie Monroe and Marcia Hoover are the faculty leaders for the middle and secondary programs and can answer more specific questions about certifications and classes (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Dr. Diane Fine is the faculty lead for the PreK-4 program (firstname.lastname@example.org). We start new groups every fall semester.