Master of Arts in Teaching
Secondary Teacher Certification
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in secondary education (grades 7-12) leads to an Alaska Initial Certification and a Master's degree. The program is fully accredited and your certificate is transferable to all fifty states. It is designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree in subject(s) commonly taught in Alaska's secondary schools. The MAT emphasizes education individuals with:
- A strong content background in their teaching field (i.e., Bachelor's degree in the content area).
- A demanding graduate-level program.
- A year-long intensive reflective/research-based classroom experience. During the nine month school year, students spend four days a week in the schools with their mentor teacher and one day a week on campus taking related graduate level courses.
The MAT Secondary program is based on the following principles:
The UAS School of Education's vision for the program is: Our graduates will be informed, reflective and responsive teachers within diverse classroom, school and community contexts.
To accomplish this, the student goals in the program are:
- Teacher candidates articulate, maintain and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.
- Teacher candidates understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.
- Teacher candidates differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.
- Teacher candidates possess current academic content knowledge
- Teacher candidates facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction and modification of teaching practice.
- Teacher candidates create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning community in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively
- Teacher candidates work as partners with parents, families and the community.
- Teacher candidates develop and maintain professional, moral and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships and habits of mind.
- Teacher candidates use technology effectively, creatively and wisely.
We take pride in being a small, high-quality program, providing more close, personal attention and support for each student. We believe in strong connections between campus learning and internship training. For optimal learning in this intense, high quality program, outside responsibilities should be limited.
Dr. David Marvel
Director, Secondary Education
School of Education
11120 Glacier Highway
University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, Alaska 99801