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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)


The MAT Program

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is an 11-month, 34 credit hour program involving summer, fall, and spring terms. Clinical practice is built into the fall and spring terms alongside other classroom courses. Students are immersed in a biblical framework to guide all teaching and learning to become more consistent and coherent as a Christian educator.

For most students, the MAT will be completed in one year with 6 credit hours in the summer term, 15 credit hours in the fall term, and 13 credit hours in the spring term. Students can choose to complete the MAT as a two-year course of study. The degree must be completed within six years.



Program Features


The MAT provides a path to certification for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in one of the following academic areas. Included in parenthesis are the grade levels a MAT graduate may be certified to teach.

– Art (P-12)
– Biblical Studies (6-12; ACSI only; state certification not available)
– Biology (6-12)
– Chemistry (6-12)
– Computer Science (P-12)
– Drama (P-12)
– Theatre (P-12)
– Economics (6-12)
– English (6-12)
– French (P-12)
– History (6-12)
– Mathematics (6-12)
– Music (P-12)
– Physics (6-12)
– Political Science (6-12)
– Spanish (P-12)
– Middle grades level (4-8) certification is available with any specialization in: in one of the following specializations: language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies.

Students with undergraduate degrees in other content areas may be eligible for the MAT and should contact the graduate school office for details.

In-person and synchronistic classes: Students in the MAT attend classes in the summer (10 days in June), fall, and spring terms in the Education Department classroom in Brock Hall. Accepted students who live at a distance (i.e. another state), and who have a full time teaching job in a school, have the option of attending fall and spring evening classes synchronistically online from their home.

Research: One innovative aspect of the MAT is the emphasis on classroom research. This focus enables candidates to understand the value and limitations of educational research and to develop the values of self-reflection and self-evaluation as they conduct action research through various courses.

Collaboration: The MAT benefits from close partnerships with area schools and collaboration with colleagues from other academic departments in the college.

Clinical Practice: MAT students complete over 800 hours of clinical practice (field practicum) during both the fall and spring semesters.

Theory and Practice: Theory and practice are integrated in the program, with a combination of classroom activities combined with field practicum activities in area schools. All coursework is presented by a faculty that has both practical and research experience. Each MAT teacher candidate completes a full year of clinical practice in P-12 classrooms under the supervision and mentorship of experienced classroom teachers and Covenant faculty. Candidates gain experience working with students at different grade levels and from different socioeconomic, racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, and students with exceptionalities.

Workable Schedule: The MAT allows candidates to complete a degree in one year and obtain the Induction Certificate from the GaPSC and from the Association of Christian Schools International in their desired teaching area. Summer classes are taught over a ten day period in June, M-F (and one Saturday) 8:00-5:00, while fall and spring semester classes are held in the evenings (both on campus and synchronously to students in other locations) with clinical practice occurring during daytime hours. Thanks to this structure, it is also possible for current teachers who desire state certification and a master’s degree to complete the program while employed full time.


Required Courses


EDU 510 - Foundations for Curriculum Development
EDU 520 - Introduction to Research


EDU 540 - Nature and Needs of Adolescent Learners
EDU 530 - Content Area Literacy for Adolescents
EDU 550 - History and Philosophy of American Education


EDU 560 - Middle/Secondary Content and Methods
EDU 570 - Educational Assessment and Research
EDU 580 - Clinical Practice I
EDU 585 - Diversity Field Experience


EDU 590 - Research Seminar
EDU 595 - Clinical Practice II