Master of Arts in Teaching

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Marilee Coles-Ritchie, Program Director, Secondary Education.
Email: mcoles-ritchie@westminstercollege.edu
Kalani Eggington, Program Director, Elementary Education
Email: keggington@westminstercollege.edu
Lowell Oswald, Program Director, Special Education
Email: loswald@westminstercollege.edu

Master of Arts in Teaching Courses

Admission to Master of Arts in Teaching

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. A travel seminar further strengthens graduates’ understanding of another culture and their skills at learning about new cultures.

Program Options

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 601 Technology and Teaching (1)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 604 Learning Theory (2)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 630 ELED Methods & Management (2)
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) consent of instructor
MAT 640 ELED Methods Seminar (1) MAT 600
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.  We recommend that students consider completing the Elementary MAT program in four semesters.  Students who have few outside commitments and wish to take an accelerated schedule can complete the program in three semesters.

Four-Semester Elementary MAT program

First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 630
MAT 631
MAT 640
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 663
MAT 664
MAT 669
MAT 632
MAT 633
MAT 636
MAT 637
MAT 606
MAT 607
MAT 639

Three-Semester Elementary MAT program

First Semester
(summer or fall)
Second Semester
(fall or spring)
Third Semester
(spring or second fall)
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 630
MAT 631
MAT 640
MAT 632
MAT 633
MAT 636
MAT 637
MAT 663
MAT 664
MAT 669
MAT 606
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 303 Teaching with Technology

EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms

EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services

EDUC 315 Learning Theory

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 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 630 ELED Methods & Management (2)
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 ELED Methods Seminar (1) consent of instructor
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 42
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching (1)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 604 Learning Theory (2)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
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 630, 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 630
MAT 664 Teaching Methods: Reading and Language Arts (3) MAT 630
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
Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
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
Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605 or SPED 503
TOTAL HOURS for the MAT in Elementary Education with Special Education Endorsement
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test(s) before candidate can apply for student teaching. See Program Director for current requirements
63

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

First Semester
(summer or fall)
Second and Third Semesters Fourth Semester
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 630
MAT 631
MAT 632 MAT 664
MAT 633 MAT 671 or 681
MAT 636 MAT 672 or 682
MAT 627 MAT 637 MAT 673
MAT 663 MAT 674
MAT 669 MAT 677Students 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 606
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 History
Biology Mathematics
Business Music
Chemistry Physical Science
Chinese Physics
Computer Science Social Science
Earth Science Spanish
English Special Education
French Theatre

MAT in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)

Requires admission to the program and the following coursework:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 36
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching (1)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 604 Learning Theory (2)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom (3) 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 Reading, Language & Literacy (3) 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
39-42

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 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 610
MAT 612
MAT 613
MAT 614
Subject Methods
(MAT 616-625)
MAT 606
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 303 Teaching with Technology

EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms

EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services

EDUC 315 Learning Theory

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 30
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom (3) 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 Reading, Language & Literacy (3) 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
33-36

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 EDUC 303     EDUC 312
EDUC 311       EDUC 315
First Semester
(Summer or Fall)
Second Semester
(Fall or Spring)
Third Semester
(Spring or Second Fall)
MAT 600
MAT 602
MAT 611
MAT 610      Subject Methods
MAT 612      (MAT 616-625)
MAT 613
MAT 614
MAT 606
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 – Program 180

Program 180 provides an innovative approach to teacher preparation in the state of Utah. It promotes excellence in Westminster College’s efforts to prepare high quality teacher candidates as well as to address the current shortage. In addition to our traditional courses, it places students in a middle or high school for a full academic year, allowing the school to be closely involved in the students’ professional development.

Requires admission to the program, and the following coursework:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 36
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching (1)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 603 Clinical Student Teaching (5) consent of instructor
MAT 604 Learning Theory (2)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
MAT 608 Student Teaching Seminar: Program 180 (1) consent of instructor
MAT 609 Clinical Teaching Research Seminar (1)
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom (3) MAT 600
MAT 611 Curriculum Design & Management (3)
MAT 613 Secondary General Methods & Assessment (4) MAT 611
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literacy (3) MAT 600
MAT 661 Student Teaching: Program 180 (2) 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
39-42

Recommended Plan of Study for MAT in Secondary Education – Program 180

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 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 614
MAT 608
MAT 610
MAT 613
MAT 619
MAT 661
Subject Methods (MAT 616-625)
MAT 603
MAT 606
MAT 609

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 180

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 303 Teaching with Technology

EDUC 311 English Learners in All Classrooms

EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services

EDUC 315 Learning Theory

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 Program 180 requires admission to the program, and the following coursework:

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 30
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 603 Clinical Student Teaching (5) consent of instructor
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
MAT 608 Student Teaching Seminar: 180 (1) consent of instructor
MAT 609 Clinical Teaching Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
MAT 610 Managing the Inclusive Classroom (3) MAT 600
MAT 611 Curriculum Design & Management (3)
MAT 613 Secondary General Methods & Assessment (4) MAT 611
MAT 614 Reading, Language & Literacy (3) MAT 600
MAT 661 Student Teaching: Program 180 (2) instructor consent
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 HOURS FOR THE Accelerated MAT in Secondary Education Program 180
39

Recommended Plan of Study for Accelerated MAT in Secondary Education – Program 180

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 611
MAT 614
MAT 608
MAT 610
MAT 613
MAT 661
Subject Methods (MAT 616-625)
MAT 603
MAT 606
MAT 609

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 33
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching (1)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 604 Learning Theory (2)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
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 Reading, Language & Literacy (3) 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
Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
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
Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605 or SPED 503
TOTAL HOURS for the MAT in Secondary Education with Licensure in Special Education
Requires completion of the requisite Praxis Test(s) before candidate can be approved for student teaching. See Program Director for current requirements
57-60

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 and Third Semesters Fourth Semester
MAT 600
MAT 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 611
MAT 612
MAT 613
MAT 614
Subject Methods
(MAT 616–625)
MAT 671 or 681
MAT 672 or 682
MAT 673
MAT 674
MAT 677
MAT 627
MAT 606
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 or Severe)

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 or Severe Special Education.  The difference in the two programs is the methods courses that students take.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Core Courses 41
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 601 Technology and Teaching (1)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 604 Learning Theory (2)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 606 Travel Seminar (2) consent of instructor
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 630, 631
MAT 663 Literacy Foundations, Assessment and Instruction (3)
MAT 669 Literacy Assessment & Intervention (1) MAT 630
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
Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
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
Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605 or SPED 503
TOTAL HOURS for the MAT in Special Education Program 47

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 601
MAT 602
MAT 604
MAT 605
MAT 631
MAT 627
MAT 633
MAT 640
MAT 663
MAT 669
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 a $40 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 10
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1)
II. Elective Courses 18
Students may choose classes from the following:
MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 610 Diversity in Education (3)
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 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
MED 660 Directed Studies (1–3) consent of instructor
III. Capstone Course 4
All students must take MED 669 Research Project. see course description
TOTAL HOURS for MAT to Traditional MED
32

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

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. MAT Required Courses 10
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
MAT 607 Teaching and Research Seminar (1) consent of instructor
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 (3) MED 622
III. Elective Courses 3
Students choose an elective class from the following:
MED 602 Teaching and Learning Theory (3)
MED 605 Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development (3)
MED 615 Education, Schools and Politics (3)
MED 630 Literature and Info texts K-12   (3)
MED 634 Teaching Adults (3)
MED 635 Adult Ed Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
MED 658 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
V. Capstone Course 4
All students must take MED 669 Research Project. see course description
TOTAL HOURS for MAT to MED with Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement
32

Dual MAT (Elementary Education with Special Education or Secondary Education with Special Education) to MED

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. MAT Required Courses 9
MAT 600 Culture, Family and Community (3)
MAT 602 Introduction to Education (3)
MAT 605 Diversity and Learning (3)
II. Special Education Core Courses 15
MAT 627 Technology for Teaching Exceptional Learners (2)
MAT 673 Special Education Assessment (3) MAT 605; co-requisite: MAT 671
MAT 674 Special Education Behavioral Supports (3) MAT 605; co-requisite: MAT 672
MAT 676 Special Education Student Teaching (4)
MAT 677 Facilitating Special Services (3) MAT 605
III. Special Education Methods Courses 6
Students preparing for Mild/Moderate Special Education take:
MAT 671 Methods for K–6 Mild/Moderate Special Education (3) MAT 605; co-requisite: MAT 673
MAT 672 Methods for 7–12 Mild/Moderate SPED (3) MAT 605, 671, 673; co-requisite: MAT 674
Students preparing for Severe Special Education take:
MAT 681 Methods for K–6 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605; co-requisite: MAT 673
MAT 682 Methods for 7–12 Severe Special Education (3) MAT 605; co-requisite: MAT 674
IV. Capstone Course 4
All students must take MED 669
Praxis Requirement: Students seeking Special Education licenses through the MED program must pass the Praxis test(s) required by the State of Utah before applying to student teach. See the Utah State Office of Education web site or the Director of Special Education Programs at Westminster for information on current Praxis requirements.
TOTAL HOURS for Dual MAT (Elementary Education with Special Education or Secondary Education with Special Education) to MED
34