Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) programs are designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree with content coursework appropriate to their teaching area and grade level and who are seeking a teaching certificate. There are currently three M.A.T. programs at UAS: The MAT in Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education. All candidates will be required to complete a student teaching experience. University supervisors work closely with “host” schools and will travel to meet personally with each candidate and the mentor or host teacher. The content coursework required for each program varies and should be discussed with the program coordinator. In order to defray some of the costs of the supervisor’s travel, an additional fee will be assessed.
The secondary and middle grades program (grades 6 – 12) is an intensive 11-month program with internships available throughout the state of Alaska. It is usually offered as a cohort model beginning in the summer with courses taken on the Juneau campus. Students may also enter the program in August or January with approval from the program coordinator. In the fall and spring students take e-Learning classes in addition to the internship in the community where they’ve been placed.
The elementary and special education programs are delivered by e-Learning at the student’s individual pace.
Application and program information online uas.alaska.edu/education. Select “Getting Started”.
Praxis Core and Praxis II Exams
In order to be fully admitted to an M.A.T. program, applicants must pass all three sections of the Praxis Core exam at state-approved levels. Passing CBEST or WEST-B scores in reading, writing, and mathematics may be submitted in lieu of passing Praxis Core scores. Praxis Core must be successfully completed prior to practicum or student teaching.
Praxis exams must be successfully completed as a condition of program completion and are required for issue of Institutional Recommendations.
Prior to completing the M.A.T. program, prospective teachers must pass Praxis II content exams meeting Alaska cut scores. Elementary and Special Education candidates take the Praxis II exam Elementary Content Knowledge 5014.
For Secondary students, the Praxis II exam(s) will be in the content area where endorsement is desired. See your advisor for information about which content area Praxis II tests are recognized by the State of Alaska.
Rural Alaska Experience
Students completing the internship or student teaching during spring semester are eligible to visit a rural community in Alaska and observe and teach in the community school The School of Education will arrange one full week of classroom participation visit and cover the airfare costs associated with the travel.