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Teaching: Concentration Elementary Education (K-5)

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Why Study Elementary Education (K-5)

If you love working with elementary-aged students and already hold a bachelor's degree, this program may be for you!

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed to meet the needs of those who are working full time: face-to-face classes meet in the evenings and some classes are taught on-line. Moreover, we have smaller classes compared to many larger universities, and our seminar-style courses encourage the free exchange of ideas. As a student in the College of Education, you will feel and experience the collaborative and supportive learning environment as you work with your peers and faculty to fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher.

The program is for those who hold a bachelor’s degree, do not currently hold a professional teaching license, but wish to become a teacher. The M.A.T. K-5 program allows you to complete initial licensure requirements and earn your master’s degree in as few as 15 months. Extensive classroom practical
application is also a critical part of your training as a teacher. You will have the opportunity to observe experienced educators, to work with primary aged children in a variety of school settings, and to take the lead as the classroom teacher during your final semesters. The Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education has an enduring reputation of producing some of the very best teachers in the state, with area administrators seeking our graduates. In the M.A.T. K-5 program, you will learn all the important skills, pedagogical knowledge, and dispositional requirements for teaching K-5 students in a 21st century  classroom.

All classes are taught by dynamic and experienced faculty of the College of Education who have experience in public schools at all grade levels and in all subject areas and have all worked extensively in teacher education and leadership.

Admission Requirements

For information related to admission requirements or to view the courses within each program, please visit the graduate bulletin.

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Sample Course Plan

Teaching: Elementary Education (K-5), MAT


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.