M.A.T. - Social Sciences
The multi-disciplinary MAT degree in Social Sciences, designed specifically for licensed secondary social studies teachers, allows candidates to concentrate their focus in the areas of American history, world history, geography, political science, anthropology, sociology, and economics. The program emphasizes mastery of the methods of teaching the social sciences within the professional educational context, with the aim of developing each candidate's skills as Critical Thinkers, Creative Planners, and Effective Practitioners. The program prepares candidates for enhanced classroom performance by supporting state assessment standards, integrating technology in the classroom, and advancing the professional development of program candidates.
*The Master of Arts in Teaching Social Sciences Program is NOT a licensure program. Candidates who apply for the program must already possess a middle or high school teaching license in the social sciences.
This program may be pursued full-time during the academic year or during summers only. Most of the requirements can be met with online or hybrid (online and classroom) courses.
The 36 required hours* are distributed as follows:
• 12 hours either in one Social Science subject area or 6 hours in each of two areas that will be designated as an area(s) of concentration. These concentration areas include: American history, world history, geography, and political science.
• 3 hours in each of two areas other than areas of concentration. These courses can include coursework in anthropology, sociology, and economics.
• 3 hours in SS 740, Advanced Methods for Teaching Secondary Social Studies
• 3 hours in SS 842, Master’s Project
• 6 hours in any of the Social Sciences or (with approval of the MAT adviser) 6 hours in a second teaching field outside the Social Sciences
• 6 hours from the Teachers College which includes:
3 hours in ED/EL 865 Advanced Theory and Practice in Teaching
3 hours in IT 700 Foundations of Instructional Technology
*At least 22 hours must be earned in courses numbered 700 and above.
After Candidates have completed a minimum of 6 hours of graduate study, the MAT Coordinator will determine if they are making satisfactory progress so that conditional or probationary status (if any) can be repealed and MAT candidacy granted or denied.
Satisfactory progress entails a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates who are not making satisfactory progress will be informed by the MAT Coordinator in writing that they must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in coursework taken over the next semester or they will be denied candidacy and asked to terminate their graduate study.
After being admitted to candidacy and filing a degree plan, the Candidate and MAT Coordinator will select members of the advisory committee. The MAT Coordinator will serve as the chair for all MAT candidates; however, candidates may select the other two members of the committee. The members of the committee must represent the Candidate’s area(s) of concentration, e.g. if American history and geography are selected as the areas of concentration, then the Candidate must choose a committee member from each of those subject areas. If the Candidate only has one area of concentration, at least one member must be from that subject area. The faculty members on this committee will approve the MAT Project Proposal and evaluate the Candidate’s oral defense of his or her research project.
Candidates should choose a topic and prepare a project proposal by their third semester of study. The advisory committee must approve this proposal. When the Candidate has produced a satisfactory version of the proposal, the Candidate and the MAT director will establish a timeline for its completion, defense, and final revision. Candidates must pass an oral defense on his or her research project when he or she nears completion of the degree. At the time of the oral defense, committee members will vote as a group whether or not to accept the MAT project pending recommended revisions. At least two of the three committee members must vote that the project was satisfactory.
All graduate courses used to meet the requirements for the MAT in Social Sciences must result in a B- grade or higher or a P.
Candidates must compile a portfolio that contains at least seven papers and/or projects: three from their area(s) of concentration, one form course outside of area of concentration, one from Seminar in Teaching Social Sciences, one from ED865, and one from the required technology course. Candidates will submit the portfolio on the day of defense. Included in the portfolio will be a self-reflective letter that demonstrates an understanding of the integration of the social sciences and describes how the Candidate has met the goals of the program, i.e., how the Candidate has improved his or her skills as a Critical Thinker, Creative Planner, and Effective Practitioner.
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