Master of Arts In Teaching (MAT)

Overview

The Master of Arts in Teaching Program is a 36 hour program that provides the professional education courses and clinical experiences, including student teaching, necessary to prepare individuals for teaching in a specific content area in grades PreK-Adult, 5-Adult, or 9-Adult. This program is not designed to offer licensure in elementary or special education. A transcript analysis will be required to identify any additional undergraduate content that may need to be completed in order to meet the requirements for the Master’s degree and licensure in the secondary content specialization areas offered through Concord University as defined in WV Policy 5100- 6.3.2 Standards for Subject-Area Content in Teacher Preparation Programs. For more information please review the Policies and Procedures Handbook for Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching concentrations include: 

  • Art PreK-Adult
  • Biological Sciences 9-Adult
  • Business Education Comprehensive 5-Adult
  • Chemistry 9-Adult
  • ​English 5-Adult
  • General Science 5-Adult
  • Math 5-Adult
  • Music PreK-Adult
  • Physical Education 5-Adult
  • Physical Education PreK-Adult
  • Social Studies 5-Adult

For more information on Master of Arts in Teaching program & course requirements, please review the following:

NOTE: Candidates obtaining a PreK-Adult licensure, such as Music, Art, and Physical Education are also required to take EDUC 517 Integrated Methods in Elementary Education to comply with WV Policy 5100. Additionally, clinical experiences will be conducted in age/grade/content appropriate classrooms as required by WV Policy 5202 and the West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).


Admission

Admission is based on a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, grade point average (overall and content area), transcript analysis, passing scores of required examinations, and other information found on the application form. All Master of Arts in Teaching candidates fill out the MAT Program Graduate Application For Admission.  

An official copy of your undergraduate transcript showing your degree and the date on which it was granted must be mailed directly from your undergraduate or graduate college or university to the Office of Graduate Studies. Concord alumni do not need to submit a transcript; alumni transcripts are located in the registrar’s office. However, if you have attended more than one college or university, an official transcript must be sent from that institution to the Office of Graduate Studies in a sealed envelope. A hand delivered transcript is not acceptable. 

Decisions on applications for admission to the MAT program shall be based upon a careful consideration of the applicant’s total record including GPA, Examination Scores, Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Grit Scale*, and a Completed Application.  For acceptance into the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Content area courses must have a grade of “C” or better and an overall GPA of 2.75 and a 2.75 in the content area from a regionally accredited institution. All graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the MAT Program. 
  • Prior to enrollment in the program:
    • Passing scores on PRAXIS II: Subject Assessment Test(s) as specified in Policy 5100. Individuals who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education are also exempt from PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators test according to WV Policy 5100 (§126-114-6 – 6.2.30).
    • Provide official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) test scores. GRE/MAT scores should reflect the 50th percentile or above. GRE scores must be a combined scaled score for verbal and quantitative of at least 800 and an analytical writing score of 3.0; or a score of 387 is required on the MAT. Sub-scores will be reviewed by the Graduate Council. Individuals who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education are also exempt from taking/submitting GRE/MAT scores.
    • Provide 2 letters recommending admission into the program. At least one letter must be from a professional that is knowledgeable of your content background;
    • Submit a completed Grit Scale*. This is a self-assessment that has no “right” or “wrong” answers that will assess a candidates’ “promise for teaching” .  Please respond to each item as honestly as possible.
    • Complete the Application for Admission (Word document), and submit it with a $30.00 fee
  • Prior to Student Teaching:
    • Successful completion of all coursework with at least a “C” or better in all courses and a 3.0 overall GPA.
    • Provide official scores of the PRAXIS II PLT: Principles of Learning and Teaching.

*  "Grit Scale" Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007).  Grit:  Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101.


Conditional Acceptance

A candidate may apply to the advanced program and take nine (9) credit-hours of courses before full admission requirements to the program must be met. Permission from the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Graduate Council must also be obtained to be conditionally enrolled in nine hours of graduate courses; additionally, at least 50% or more of content area coursework must be completed to be conditionally admitted. Application and fee, and original transcripts are necessary for conditional acceptance. However, all requirements must be met before candidates will be fully admitted to the MAT program. Failure to complete all admission requirements after nine (9) hours of coursework may result in administrative withdrawal from the courses or credit may not be applied toward graduation in the degree program.


Clinical Experiences

To afford graduates with authentic classroom and administrative experiences, all candidates will be required to complete field placement hours and internships/practicums associated with MAT coursework in each of the content specializations. All Master of Arts in Teaching candidates will be required to purchase LiveText, including the Field Experience Module,  in order to successfully complete all field placement and internship/practicum evaluations, assessments, and time-logs.


GPA Requirements

Graduate candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better throughout the program. Any candidate with a GPA below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. In order to graduate from the MAT Program an overall 3.0 GPA is required. Candidates who are placed on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be removed from the graduate program due to academic deficiency. In addition, candidates must earn the minimum grade of “C” to successfully complete a course.


Graduation Requirements

Graduate candidates must apply for graduation by downloading and submitting a Graduation Application. A graduation fee of $50 must be paid to the business office, and the graduation gown is to be ordered at the Concord University bookstore. Once the business office and bookstore have signed the application for graduation, it is to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. A graduation audit will then be completed to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met. Graduation requirements include completion of the 36-39 hour program with a 3.0 GPA within five years.