Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Science Education program leads to both a master‘s degree as well as teacher certification via the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is designed for those who hold a degree in a scientific discipline who wish to teach middle or high school level science. Students will complete a sequence of six courses to teach research-based principles of safe and effective science instruction as well as a twelve-week student teaching practicum. Students will also complete and present a research project and comprehensive teaching portfolio.
The 30-credit MAT is designed to meet the needs of working professionals within online and Saturday classes and can be completed in 18 months. Cohorts of 10-15 students will complete a sequence of six modules using a combination of monthly face-to-face meetings at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, online interactions, and videoconferencing. Each module will be three credit hours. At the beginning of the program, students will be assigned an experienced science teacher in a local school as a mentor and approximately 25 hours of observation and co-teaching per module will be required.
During the 12-week student teaching practicum (12 credits), students will implement principles from the modules and assume responsibilities for planning, instruction, and assessment. Two capstone projects, a professional portfolio and the results of a research project, will be presented at the end of the program.
Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, AACSB International, ABET Inc., American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, Council for Exceptional Children and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers.
International Student Requirements:
The recommended score for the TOEFL is 68 for the internet-based test or 500 for the paper-based test. (Shippensburg University's test code for the TOEFL is 2657). The recommended score for IELTS is 6.0. International applicants from a country where English is the native/official language may be exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement, however the GRE or GMAT is required.
Facts & Figures
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Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
$454 PA resident; $681 non-resident/$463 non-resid USD
Master's College or University I
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