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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Program Description

The MAT Program is designed for individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree outside of the field of Education and would like to become classroom teachers at the secondary level. Endorsements available at the secondary level are listed below:

  • Art
  • All Business
  • ESL/ELL (K-12, 2nd endorsement only)
  • Special Education (Instructional Strategist I: mild and moderate)
  • Talented and Gifted (2nd endorsement only)

Language Arts Endorsements:

  • English/Language Arts
  • English/Rhetoric/Theater
  • Theater/Rhetoric/English
  • Journalism
  • Reading (2nd field only)
  • Speech/Theater
  • All Language Arts (Eng/Rhetoric/Theater/Journalism)

Mathematics Endorsements:

  • *Mathematics 5-12 (take as second major, Math Education, through the Math Dept., A&S)
  • Mathematics (2nd endorsement)

Science Endorsements:

  • All Science (5-8, 7-12)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • General Science
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

Social Studies Endorsements:

  • American History
  • American Government
  • American History/American Government
  • World History
  • Economics (2nd endorsement only)
  • All Social Studies (5-12)

World Language Endorsements:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German

Other Endorsements: (May be added to Elementary or Secondary program)

  • K-12 Coaching
  • Middle School

Students may combine education with many other majors, minors, and concentrations within the university curriculum. (e.g. Concentration in Cultural Studies, participation in the Honors Program, or a Business minor.)

Education students tailor the degree program to meet their professional goals under the mentorship of faculty who serve as academic advisors.

Admission Requirements (previous degrees, exams, etc)

Students entering the MAT program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher or a graduate grade of 3.0 or higher to be admitted.

Graduate courses from other institutions that meet the objectives of Drake courses can substituted for MAT courses.

Students may take up to two courses OR 6 hours of graduate credit before admission to a graduate program. After two courses OR 6 hours, students must be admitted, or further registration will not be possible.

Students must pass one of the following appropriate tests to be admitted to a graduate program.

  • MAT – Miller’s Analogy Test (36 or 389 for master’s work; 43 or 400 is required for doctoral admission) OR
  • GRE – Graduate Record Exam (Verbal = 400 and Quantitative = 460
    OR Minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.0; combined Verbal and Quantitative scores of 1000 for doctoral admission) OR
  • DWRT – Drake Writing Exam (criteria met); Drake Writing exam is not used for doctoral admission

In addition, students entering the MAT program must pass the Praxis I test with scores of 171 or higher for Reading and Writing and 169 or higher for Math.

Student must have two professional references

Students must submit an application and fulfill any other programmatic requirements (see graduate admissions at /admission/graduate/requirements/soe.php).

Enrollment Validation occurs on the first day of class. The college/school Dean’s Office must be notified of any student who did not attend the first day of class or any student who has a special circumstance on the first day of class. Students not attending the first class will be dropped and may not re-add the class that semester.

Graduation Requirements

  • Number of Credit Hours required:
    36 graduate credit hours and at least one endorsement must be completed to obtain an MAT degree.
  • Required Courses:
    Pre-Professional Coursework: (All INTASC Standards must be met at the “beginning” level)

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hrs

EDUC 203

Foundations of Education

(40 hour practicum required)


EDUC 208

Educational Psychology of Teaching & Learning


EDUC 261

Technology Integration in the Classroom


EDUC 264

Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender


SPED 220

Intro to Exceptional Children & Adults


Secondary Methods Coursework: (All INTASC Standards must be met at the “developing” level)

EDUC 242

Reading at the Secondary Level and Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design (10 hour practicum required)


EDUC 232

Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School (30 hour practicum required)



Special Methods course in each of your endorsement areas

2.0 (at a minimum)

Student Teaching

EDUC 267

Instruction & Management in the Secondary Grades


EDUC 268

Student Teaching Practicum, Secondary


EDUC 269

ePortfolio Seminar for Student Teaching (a graduate-level capstone essay is required for MAT students)


Additional Coursework: (Student must complete at least 4 hours of elective courses at the graduate level.)

  • Other Requirements (experiential, exams, thesis, etc.)
    Acceptance to Teacher Education, completed candidacy petition form, and successful completion of practicums and INTASC Standards at the proficient level with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Any limitations and special policies (eg., gpa requirement, or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):

GPA: Maintain a 3.0 or higher


  • All undergraduate endorsement courses must be completed with a “C” or better.
  • Only 12 hours of graduate work may be transferred.
  • Transfer and endorsement courses must be advisor approved.
  • Courses transferred in are transferred as TR (no grade) and do not effect the Drake GPA.
  • Transferred coursework must be at a B level or better.
  • Transfer credits earned before admission are counted on the following scale:
  • Courses taken 0-5 years before admission are transferred in as full credit.
  • Courses taken 6-10 years before admission are transferred in as ½ credit.
  • Courses over 10 years old are not accepted.
  • Courses that are accepted must relate to the program of study.
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