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Master of Arts in Teaching (Non-Certification)

Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, the prospective student must meet all requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. Teacher certification is not necessary for this degree program. However, students in this program must concentrate in the same field as their undergraduate major or have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours in the desired field. If a student wishes to change fields, undergraduate course work may be required to complete any deficiencies that may exist in the new discipline.  This degree does not qualify a student for any teaching certificate in the State of Alabama. Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification requirements of their respective states.

I. Professional Courses*: 9 hours

  • ED 504. Techniques of Educational Research (3) **
  • ED 506. Educational Statistics (3)
  • EP 500. Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
    OR
  • EP 506. Life-Span Development and Learning (3)

II. Major Field Courses: 24 hours***

These courses must be from a single field of concentration.

  • Biology
  • English
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science

            

Students pursuing the M.A.T. History [non-certification] must complete at least twelve hours of coursework in U.S. History and twelve hours of coursework in non-U.S. History. The twelve hours of U.S. History must include courses covering both pre-and post-Civil War U.S. History.  Social Science majors must complete nine hours of history courses (three of which must be in non-U.S. history) and six hours of graduate anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology courses.  Entering international students must have a minimum TOEFL score requirement of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the iBT, 6.5 on the IELTS, or 1200 on the GTEC CBT, or the equivalent.

Total Required: 33 hours

Note(s):

  • *Science students, with permission of their advisor, may take BY 508 or EN 508 in lieu of EP 500, BY 504 or EN 504 in lieu of ED 506, and 3 hours of BY 599 or EN 599 in lieu of ED 504.
  • **Students may take an approved research course in their major field in lieu of ED 504.
  • ***English or Language Arts students must include EH 501. Research in Literary Studies (3). Students in English must also take EH 580. Teaching Composition (3), if they have no previous credit for the course. Students majoring in English Language Arts, Science, or Social Science must take courses in at least two areas.
  • Social Science majors must complete nine hours of history courses (three of which must be in non-U.S. history) and six hours of graduate anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology courses.
  • This program is also offered online.

Program Completion Requirements

The student shall:

  1. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than “C.”
  2. Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination documenting mastery of the curriculum of the program.