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Master of Arts in Teaching
4-8 Licensure



Program Contact Information:

Dr. Barbara Peterson



4-8 Specialization

Graduate Coordinator:  Dr. Barbara Peterson 931-221-6468


The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) provides opportunities for persons who hold baccalaureate degrees to complete initial teacher licensure requirements and a master’s degree concurrently.  This degree program is not available to persons who already hold a professional teaching license. However, persons teaching on a transitional license may qualify for admission to the M.A.T. degree program. 



Degree:          Master of Arts in Teaching

Major:                        Teaching

Concentration: Elementary Education

Specialization:   4-8


EDUC 5500

 Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 5501

 Models of Teaching (3) 

EDUC 5520

 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society (3)

EDUC 5530

 Classroom Assessment (3) 

EDUC 5540

 Instructional Tech Strategies (3)

EDUC 5550

 Teaching and Learning (3)

SPED 5550

 Trends/Issues in Special Education (3)

EDUC 5000

 Research in Education (3)

EDUC 5080

 Classroom Management (3)

RDG 5361

 Teaching Reading (3)

RDG 5362

 Reading Difficulties (3)

RDG 5363

 Teaching Lang Arts and Literature (3)

EDUC 5360

 Teaching Science and Social Studies (3) 

MATH 5200

 Teaching Mathematics (3) 

EDUC 5090

 Middle School Curriculum   

Note:  Candidate must identify one cognate area and provide evidence of 15 semester hours of coursework in the cognate area.

Additional Requirements for Licensure:          

Testing Requirements:

Test Code 30623 (5-9) Principles of Learning and Teaching (minimum score 158); Test Code 0146 Middle Grades Content Knowledge (minimum score 150), AND Teaching Reading:  Elementary (5203) required score of 162

Clinical teaching:

Students must complete student teaching or complete transitional licensure requirements for this degree.

Milestone Review:

Students must complete four milestones while completing this program.  Milestone I will be completed while in Educ 5500, Milestone II in Educ 5501, Milestone III in Educ 5080 and Milestone IV while clinical teaching or while teaching on a transitional licensure contract.

Courses with Prerequisites:

Math 1410 and 1420 is a prerequisite for Math 5100 or Math 5200.

Educ 5500 is to be taken the first term of enrollment.

Educ 5501 is to be taken the term after Educ 5500.

Educ 5530 should be taken after Educ 5501

Educ 5080 should be taken the last term before clinical teaching.

Rdg 5361 is the prerequisite for Rdg 5362 and Rdg 5363.

Important note:  Educ 5500, Educ 5501, Rdg 5361, 5362, 5363, Math 5200, and Educ 5360 are not offered in the summer.

Capstone Course: 

Educ 5940 is the capstone course for this program and must be taken the last term of enrollment.  It is offered fall and spring semesters as it requires interaction in the local schools.  Milestone III is prerequisite.

Research Plan I:      

A.        Completion of Educ 5000 – Educational Research

B.         Completion of edTPA Capstone Project