Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The primary purpose of the MAT is to prepare teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to build strong curriculum, pedagogy, assessments, and the relationships that bring about significant changes to improve schools, support learners and their development, and positively impact student achievement.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • After the first year of the MAT, apply for initial teacher licensure with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, which concurrently leads to Highly Qualified Status upon gaining employment.
  • After the second year of the MAT, will be able to engage in action research, a critical and reflective analysis that enables teachers to integrate and apply a variety of research-based methods in their classrooms.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • After the first year of the MAT, apply for initial teacher licensure with the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, which concurrently leads to Highly Qualified Status upon gaining employment.
  • After the second year of the MAT, will be able to engage in action research, a critical and reflective analysis that enables teachers to integrate and apply a variety of research-based methods in their classrooms.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or from a nationally recognized foreign institution.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester credits.
  • For applicants seeking elementary licensure, these courses must be completed, each with a grade of C or better, and in combination passed with a GPA of 2.75 or above: ED 341 Literacy Development in the Elementary School (4), ED 343 Math for Elementary School Teachers (3), and ED 347 Integrated Science and Soc. St. for Elementary School Teachers (3).
  • Receive passing scores on the PRAXIS II: Content Area Examinations.
  • Three recommendation forms from those who have observed the applicant in classroom settings.
  • Two professional statements detailing interest in the teaching profession and beliefs about student learning.
  • School of Education Interview may be required.
  • For applications seeking licensure at the secondary level, the baccalaureate degree must be related to the content area of licensure.
  • For applications seeking licensure in Social Studies, additional coursework is required: World History (6 cr.), American History (3 credits), and Hawaiian History (3 credits).
  • Applicants for whom English is not the native language must obtain a score of 550 (paper based test), 213 (computer based) or 79 (internet based) on the TOEFL, or a 6.0 on the IELTS. Students with bachelor’s degrees from English-speaking institutions do not need to submit TOEFL scores.

Courses and Graduation Requirements

First year, for licensure:

  • ED 640 Learner Development (2)
  • ED 641 Learning Differences I (3)
  • ED 642 Learning Differences II (1)
  • ED 643 Learning Environments I (1)
  • ED 644 Learning Environments II (1)
  • ED 645 Learning Environments III (2)
  • ED 650 Planning for Instruction (1)
  • ED 651 Elem Instructional Practice (2)
  • ED 652 Elem LA/SS Pedagogy (2)
  • ED 653 Elem MT/SC Pedagogy (2)
  • ED 654 Tech Instruction & Assessment (2)
  • ED 655 Sec Instructional Practice (2)
  • ED 656 Sec LA/SS Pedagogy (2)
  • ED 657 Sec MT/SC Pedagogy (2)
  • ED 658 Sec Content Literacy (2)
  • ED 659 Professional Practice (3)
  • ED 660 Professional Responsibility I (1)
  • ED 661 Professional Responsibility II (1)
  • ED 662 Professional Responsibility III (1)
  • ED 670 Field Experience I (1)
  • ED 671 MAT Field Experience II (2)
  • ED 672 Clinical Practicum (3)

Second year, to complete the MAT:

  • ED 680 Teacher as Researcher I (3)
  • ED 681 Teacher as Researcher II (3)