Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program Requirements



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  • Melanie Agnew, Dean
  • Marilee Coles-Ritchie, Program Director, Secondary Education
  • Kalani Eggington, Program Director, Elementary Education
  • Lowell Oswald, Program Director, Special Education

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Admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching is an integrated degree program that leads to licensure for students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree. The program combines classroom instruction and extensive experience in diverse K–12 classrooms throughout the program. Students in the program will study:

  • Learners and their Development
  • Impactful Curriculum Design
  • Effective Assessment Methods
  • Classroom Management
  • Reflective Teaching Practice
  • Culture and Society

A unique focus of the program prepares graduates to teach all students using effective, differentiated teaching strategies. Graduates will know how to design curriculum that connects to the knowledge and skills of students and their families.

Note: Current federal regulations require that a criminal background check and fingerprint assessment be passed before applicants can be recommended for licensure. Should the Utah State Board of Education change its requirements for teaching licensure, the MAT Program will change accordingly.

Admission to the Program

See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Entrance to a teacher education program requires the following:

  • A transcript demonstrating a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Submission of either SAT scores (composite minimum 1000, reading minimum 450, math minimum 450) or ACT scores (composite minimum 21, verbal minimum 20, math minimum 19) from the past 6 years or passing scores on an appropriate Praxis II exam.

Note: Formal admission to the MAT Program does not guarantee a recommendation for licensure. Recommendation for licensure is made only upon successful completion of the MAT degree requirements. Therefore, a teaching license will not be recommended without full completion of the MAT, and the MAT will not be awarded without recommendation for a teaching license.

Student Teaching

Students must successfully complete all courses in the MAT before they are eligible to student teach. Student teaching is a full-time, 12-week experience and dual elementary/SPED or secondary/SPED is a 16-week experience.  Prior to student teaching, students must:

  • Submit the completed Request for Student Teaching form by the first Monday in March to student teach in the Fall semester or by the first Monday in October to student teach in the Spring semester.
  • Be approved to student teach by the MAT faculty.
  • Obtain a Student Teaching License on the USOE website.

Appeal Process: A student has the right to appeal a decision denying admission to the MAT program or denying the opportunity to student teach. The student has fifteen days after receiving a denial letter to petition the Dean, in writing, for reconsideration.

Retention in the Program

School of Education courses may only be repeated once. The student must:

  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.00. Courses in which a grade of C- or lower is awarded do not count toward graduation requirements.
  • Complete the program within six years, or begin to lose credit for courses older than six years.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in March and applications for May and August graduation are due in September. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation. To be eligible for a MAT degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Meet all credit hour and other course requirements.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Be enrolled at Westminster College during the semester in which they wish to graduate.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Earn a grade of C or higher in all graduate courses.
  • Achieve a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II examinations.

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree requirements. The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the student.

Elementary Education: Licensure to teach grades K-6

MAT in Elementary Education (Grades K-6)

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 45  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

3  
MAT 607

Student Teaching Seminar

1 consent of instructor
MAT 630

Elementary Instructional Design, Practice, and Policy: DLL Emphasis

3  
MAT 631

Math for ELED Teacher 

2  
MAT 632

Science Methods

3  
MAT 633

Math Methods

3

MAT 630, 631

MAT 636

Social Studies Methods

3

 

MAT 637

Creative Arts Methods

3

 

MAT 639

Elementary Student Teaching 

6

consent of instructor

MAT 640

Elementary Classroom Management

3

MAT 600

MAT 642

Elementary Classroom Assessment

2

 

MAT 663

Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction

3

MAT 630

MAT 664

Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts

3

MAT 630

MAT 669

Literacy Assessment & Intervention

1

MAT 663

Total Hours for the MAT in Elementary Education 45  

Recommended Plan of Study for MAT in Elementary Education

Students may begin the Elementary MAT program in the summer or fall semester. The program can be completed in three semesters. If the three-semester schedule is not feasible due to outside commitments, students can meet with the program director to develop an individualized program plan that is best suited for their schedule.

First Semester (Summer or Fall) Second Semester (Fall or Spring) Third Semester (Spring or second Fall)

MAT 600
MAT 602
MAT 605 
MAT 630
MAT 631
MAT 632
MAT 636

MAT 633
MAT 637
MAT 640
MAT 642
MAT 663
MAT 664 
MAT 669
MAT 607
MAT 639

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

Accelerated MAT in Elementary Education Program Requirements

The Accelerated MAT program is open only to graduates of Westminster College who have completed the following courses as part of their undergraduate studies:  EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society and EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services.  Students who are considering applying for the Accelerated MAT program should meet with the Program Director early in their undergraduate career, preferably before their junior year.

Completion of the Accelerated MAT in Elementary Education requires admission to the program and the following coursework:

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 39  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 607

Teaching and Research Seminar

1 consent of instructor
MAT 630

ELED Methods & Management

3  
MAT 631

Math for ELED Teachers

2  
MAT 632

Science Methods

3  
MAT 633

Math Methods

3

MAT 630, 631

MAT 636

Social Studies Methods

3

 

MAT 637

Creative Arts Methods

3

 

MAT 639

Elementary Student Teaching 

6

 

MAT 640

Elementary Classroom Management

3

MAT 600

MAT 642

Elementary Classroom Assessment

2

 

MAT 663

Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction

3

MAT 600

MAT 664

Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts

3

MAT 630

MAT 669

Literacy Assessment & Intervention

1

MAT 663

Total Hours for the Accelerated MAT in Elementary Education 39  

MAT in Elementary Education with Licensure in Special Education

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 37  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

3  
MAT 607

Teaching and Research Seminar

1

consent of instructor

MAT 631

Math for ELED Teachers

2

 

MAT 632

Science Methods

3

 

MAT 633

Math Methods

3

MAT 631

MAT 636

Social Studies Methods

3

 

MAT 637

Creative Arts Methods

3

 

MAT 639

Elementary Student Teaching

6

consent of instructor

MAT 663

Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction

3

 

MAT 664

Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts

3

 

MAT 669

Literacy Assessment & Intervention 

1

MAT 663

II. Special Education Core Courses

15  
MAT 627

Technology for Teaching Exceptional Learners

2

MAT 605

MAT 673

Special Education Assessment

3

MAT 605

MAT 674

Special Education Behavioral Supports

3

MAT 605

MAT 676

Special Education Student Teaching

4

consent of instructor

MAT 677

Facilitating Special Services

3

MAT 605

III. Special Education Methods Courses

6  
MAT 671

Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education

3

MAT 605

MAT 672

Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education

3

MAT 605

Total Hours for the MAT in Elementary Education with Licensure in Special Education 18  

Recommended Plan of Study for MAT in Elementary Education with Licensure in Special Education

First Semester (Summer or Fall) Second and Third Semesters Fourth Semster
MAT 600
MAT 602
MAT 605
MAT 631
MAT 632
MAT 636
MAT 627 MAT 633
MAT 637 MAT 663
MAT 664 MAT 669
MAT 671 MAT 672
AT 673 MAT 674
MAT 677
(Students will take half these courses in one semester and a half in the next; based on a plan developed in consultation with their advisor.)

MAT 607
MAT 639
MAT 676

 

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

Secondary Education: Licensure to teach grades 6-12

The Secondary Education Program is for those who would like to teach at the middle or high school level. Secondary Education candidates must have a major or minor in their baccalaureate degree from the list below. If they do not have such a major or minor they may consult the MAT Program Director. Students who are seeking their MAT must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program.

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Social Science
  • Spanish 
  • Special Education
  • Theater

MAT in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)

Requires admission to the program and the following coursework:

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 33  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

3  
MAT 607

Teaching and Research Seminar

1

consent of instructor

MAT 610

Managing the Inclusive Classroom

4

MAT 600

MAT 611

Curriculum Design & Management

3

 

MAT 612

Secondary Methods Seminar

2

MAT 600

MAT 613

Secondary General Methods & Assessment

4

MAT 611

MAT 614

Content Literacy for Diverse Language Learners

4

MAT 600

MAT 615

Secondary Student Teaching

6

consent of instructor

II. Content Methods Courses

3–6

 
Students must register for the content methods course chosen from the following that reflects their expected area of licensure. Students seeking licensure in a second content area must take a second methods course that reflects the area of licensure for their second content area of interest.    
MAT 616

Methods of Teaching Secondary School History/Social Science

3

MAT 600

MAT 617

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science

3

MAT 600

MAT 619

Methods of Teaching Secondary School English

3

MAT 600

MAT 621

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Art

3

MAT 600

MAT 622

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

3

MAT 600

MAT 624

Methods of Teaching Secondary School World Languages

3

MAT 600

MAT 625

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Fine Arts

3

MAT 600

Total Hours for the MAT in Secondary Education Program

36-39

 

Recommended Plan of Study for MAT in Secondary Education

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester. Students who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring, and then student teach in the following Fall semester.

First Semester (Summer or Fall) Second Semester (Fall or Spring) Third Semester (Spring or second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 602
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 614
MAT 610
MAT 612
MAT 613
Subject Methods
(MAT 616-625)
MAT 607
MAT 615

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

Accelerated MAT in Secondary Education Program

Program Requirements

The Accelerated MAT program is open only to graduates of Westminster College who have completed the following courses as part of their undergraduate studies: EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society and EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services.  Students who are considering applying for the Accelerated MAT program should meet with the Program Director early in their undergraduate career, preferably before their junior year.

Completion of the Accelerated MAT in Secondary Education requires admission to the program and the following coursework:

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 27  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 607

Teaching and Research Seminar

1

consent of instructor

MAT 610

Managing the Inclusive Classroom 

4

MAT 600

MAT 611

Curriculum Design & Management

3

 

MAT 612

Secondary Methods Seminar

2

MAT 600

MAT 613

Secondary General Methods & Assessment

4

MAT 611

MAT 614

Content Literacy for Diverse Language Learners

4

MAT 600

MAT 615

Secondary Student Teaching

6

consent of instructor

II. Content Methods Courses

3–6

 
Students must register for the content methods course chosen from the following that reflects their expected area of licensure. Students seeking licensure in a second content area must take a second methods course that reflects the area of licensure for their second content area of interest.  

 

MAT 616

Methods of Teaching Secondary School History/Social Science

3

MAT 600

MAT 617

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science

3

MAT 600

MAT 619

Methods of Teaching Secondary School English 

3

MAT 600

MAT 621

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Art

3

MAT 600

MAT 622

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

3

MAT 600

MAT 625

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Fine Arts

3

MAT 600

Total Hours for the Accelerated MAT

30-33

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Accelerated MAT in Secondary Education

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester. Students who begin in the Summer take foundations courses in the Summer, methods courses in the Fall, and student teach in the Spring semester. Students who begin in the Fall take foundations courses in the Fall, methods courses in the Spring, and then student teach in the following Fall semester.

Undergraduate Years  First Semester (Summer or Fall) Second Semester (Fall or Spring) Third Semester (Spring or second Fall)
EDUC 302
EDUC 312
MAT 600
MAT 611
MAT 614
MAT 610      
MAT 612     
MAT 613
MAT Methods course
MAT 607
MAT 615

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.

MAT in Secondary Education with Licensure in Special Education

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 29  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

3  
MAT 607

Teaching and Research Seminar 

1

consent of instructor

MAT 611

Curriculum Design & Management

3

 

MAT 612

Secondary Methods Seminar

2

MAT 600

MAT 613

Secondary General Methods & Assessment

4

MAT 611

MAT 614

Content Literacy for Diverse Language Learners

4

MAT 600

MAT 615

Secondary Student Teaching

6

consent of instructor

II. Content Methods Courses

3–6

 
Students must register for the content methods course chosen from the following that reflects their expected area of licensure. Students seeking licensure in a second content area must take a second methods course that reflects the area of licensure for their second content area of interest.    
MAT 616

Methods of Teaching Secondary School History/Social Science

3 MAT 600
MAT 617

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science

3 MAT 600
MAT 619

Methods of Teaching Secondary School English

3

MAT 600

MAT 621

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Art

3

MAT 600

MAT 622

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

3

MAT 600

MAT 624

Methods of Teaching Secondary School World Languages 

3

MAT 600

MAT 625

Methods of Teaching Secondary School Fine Arts

3

MAT 600

III. Special Education Core Courses

15  
MAT 627

Technology for Teaching Exceptional Learners

2

MAT 605

MAT 673

Special Education Assessment

3

MAT 605

MAT 674

Special Education Behavioral Supports 

3

MAT 605

MAT 676

Special Education Student Teaching 

4

consent of instructor

MAT 677

Facilitating Special Services

3

MAT 605

IV. Special Education Methods Courses

6  
MAT 671

Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education 

3

MAT 605

MAT 672

Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education 

3

MAT 605

Total Hours for the MAT in Secondary Education with Licensure in Special EducationRequires completion of the requisite Praxis Test(s) before candidate can be approved for student teaching. See Program Director for current requirements

53-56

 

Recommended Plan of Study for MAT in Secondary Education with Licensure in Special Education

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semester.

First Semester (Summer or Fall) Second Semester  Third Semester Third Semester (Spring or second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 602
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 614
MAT 612
MAT 613
Subject Methods
(MAT 616–625)
MAT 627
MAT 671
MAT 672
MAT 673
MAT 674
MAT 677
MAT 607
MAT 615
MAT 676

Students will take half these courses in one semester and half in the next, based on a plan developed in consultation with their advisor.

Part-time students develop a schedule in consultation with an advisor to take additional semesters to complete the program.  

MAT in Special Education Program Requirements (Grades K–12, Mild/Moderate)

Students who are seeking their MAT in Special Education must satisfactorily complete all the requirements of the program. Students have the option of preparing for a license in Mild/Moderate Special Education.

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. Core Courses

36

 
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

3  
MAT 607

Teaching and Research Seminar 

1

consent of instructor

MAT 627

Technology for Teaching Exceptional Learners

2

MAT 605

MAT 631

Math for ELED Teachers

2

 

MAT 633

Math Methods

3

MAT 631

MAT 663

Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction

3

 

MAT 669

Literacy Assessment & Intervention

1

 

MAT 673

Special Education Assessment

3

MAT 605

MAT 674

Behavioral Supports in Special Education 

3

MAT 605

MAT 677

Facilitating Services Across Disciplines 

3

MAT 605

MAT 676

Special Education Student Teaching 

6

consent of instructor

II. Methods Courses

6  
MAT 671

Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education 

3

MAT 605

MAT 672

Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate Special Education 

3 MAT 605
Total Hours for the MAT in Special Education Program 42  

Recommended Plan of Study for MAT in Special Education

Full-time MAT students may begin the program in the Summer or Fall semesters.

First Semester (Summer or Fall) Second and Third Semesters Fourth Semester
MAT 600
MAT 602
MAT 605
MAT 631
MAT 627
MAT 633
MAT 663
MAT 669
MAT 671
MAT 672
MAT 673
MAT 674
MAT 677
MAT 607
MAT 676

Master of Arts in Teaching to Master of Education Tracks

This program is designed for graduates of Westminster’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program who pursue an endorsement and an MED degree or a general MED degree. The following admissions policies apply to these MAT graduates only. All other MED policies apply to these students.

Admission to the Program

The requirement for admission is completion of Westminster College’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  A candidate for admission must submit the following materials to the Admissions Office:  A completed Application for Graduate Admission form with the application fee.  Westminster transcript showing successful completion of the Westminster College Master of Arts in Teaching degree with an overall GPA of 3.0.  Upon completion of these steps, the individual’s application materials are submitted to the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

MAT to Traditional MED

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. MAT Required Courses

9  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Diversity and Learning

3  

II. Elective Courses

15  
 

Students may choose classes from the following:

   
MED 613

Theories of Adult Learning and Development

3  
MED 615

Education, Schools and Politics

3  
MED 621

Foundations of Multilingual Education

3  
MED 622

Language Acquisition and Development

3  
MED 634

Teaching Adults

3  
MED 635

Adult Ed Program Planning & Evaluation

3  
MED 639

Neuroscience of Trauma

3  
MED 460

Trauma-informed Schools

3  
MED 641

Restorative Justice in Schools

3  
MED 642

Foundations of Restorative Justice 

3  
MED 660

Directed Studies

1-3  

III. Project

8  
MED 650

Introduction to Research Methods 

2 consent of instructor
MED 679

Research Methodologies

3

MED 650

MED 680 

Research Project

3

MED 679

Total Hours for the MAT to Traditional MED 32  

MAT to MED with Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice Emphasis

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. MAT Required Courses

9  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Diversity and Learning

3  

II. Trauma and Restorative Justice Coursework

15  
This program is designed for students who already hold Westminster's MAT degree and are seeking to become qualified as specialists within educational settings with expertise in trauma and restorative practices. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.    
MED 639

Neuroscience of Trauma

3  
MED 640

Trauma-informed Schools

3  

MED 641 or 

MED 642

Restorative Justice in Schools or

Foundations of Restorative Justice 

3  

MED 643

Research in Risk and Resilience

3  

MED 644

Arts and Movement for Trauma

2  

MED 645

Self-Care for Secondary Trauma 

1  
III. Project 8  
MED 650

Introduction to Research Methods 

2 consent of instructor
MED 679

Research Methodologies

3 MED 650
MED 680 

Research Project

3

MED 679

Total Hours for the MAT to MED with Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice Emphasis 32  

MAT to MED with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement with an MAT in Elementary or Special Education

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. MAT Required Courses

9  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Diversity and Learning

3  

II. English as a Second Language Endorsement (ESL)

15  
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified to be a TESOL teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.    
MED 621

Foundations of Multilingual Education

3  
MED 622

Language Acquisition and Development

3  

MED 623

Instructional Methods for Diverse Language Learners 

3

MED 622 as pre or co-requisite

MED 624

Content Instruction for Diverse Language Learners 

3

MED 622

MED 625

Assessment for Diverse Language Learners

2 MED 622
III. Project 8  
MED 650

Introduction to Research Methods 

2 consent of instructor
MED 679

Research Methodologies

3 MED 650
MED 680 

Research Project

3

MED 679

Total Hours for MAT to MED with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement

32  

MAT to MED with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement with an MAT in Secondary Education

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. MAT Required Courses

9  
MAT 600

Culture, Family and Community

3  
MAT 602

Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3  
MAT 605

Diversity and Learning

3  

II. English as a Second Language Endorsement (ESL)

12  
This program is designed for students who already hold a teaching license and a bachelor’s degree, and are seeking to become qualified to be a TESOL teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Students must be admitted to the M.Ed. program.    
MED 621

Foundations of Multilingual Education

3  
MED 622

Language Acquisition and Development

3  
MED 623

Instructional Methods for Diverse Language Learners 

3

MED 622 as pre or co-requisite

MED 625

Assessment for Diverse Language Learners

3

MED 622

III. Elective Courses

3  
Students choose an elective class from the following:    
MED 630

Literature and Info Texts K-12

3  
MED 634

Teaching Adults

3  
MED 635

Adult Ed Program Planning and Evaluation

3  
MED 639

Neuroscience of Trauma

3  
MED 640

Trauma-informed Schools

3  
MED 641

Restorative Justice in Schools

3  
MED 642

Foundations of Restorative Justice 

3

Consent of instructor

IV. Project

8  
MED 650

Introduction to Research Methods 

23 consent of instructor
MED 679 200

Research Methodologies

3 MED 650
MED 680 

Research Project

3 MED 679
Total Hours for the MAT to MED with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement 32