Do you have a bachelor’s degree in Art? Are you a biologist looking for a second career? Do you love math and want to share your passion?

Our dynamic Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for those with bachelor’s degrees in academic fields who wish to attain teacher certification or are currently teaching with a temporary certificate.

Florida's Premier Teaching Program

At Florida Southern College, you can earn a highly regarded MAT degree in one of the top graduate teaching programs in the U.S. — at an affordable cost. Renowned for providing cutting-edge knowledge and skills for successful, career minded teachers, this degree will prepare you to have a positive impact in your classroom, school, and community. Partnerships with local schools provide opportunities for internships and assist with job placement upon completing your degree.

Learning By Doing

An active classroom approach is used to promote teambuilding and collaboration as you gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges and complexities of today’s educational environment. Our highly qualified faculty are experts in education and our staff is dedicated to personally assisting you from start to finish. Immersive clinical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Internships provide the extensive classroom experience necessary to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to transform students into active learners and advance your career in education.

Flexible Schedule

You may choose to complete your degree in as little of 4 semesters, plus an internship. The MAT program consists of courses that are 100% online prior to an internship and seminar which provides a flexible and convenient balance of online and clinical-learning in a high quality program that works with your schedule..

Highly-qualified Faculty, Real-world experience

Selected for their expertise, real-world experience, and dedication, our esteemed faculty is focused on transforming classroom theory into the practical, real-world skills demanded in today’s workplace. Students enjoy the personalized, one-on-one attention that comes with our 13:1 student faculty ratio and small class size.

Program Delivery

  • All courses are offered online with the exception of the final semester of student teaching and the internship seminar.
  • Personalized attention in small classes; 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio
  • Courses conveniently arranged for working professionals
  • Accessible, full-time, impressively credentialed faculty will guide you successfully through the program

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Wendy Lamoreaux
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Curriculum Overview

MAT REQUIRED COURSES

EDU 5150 Theories and Practices of Teaching ESOL
EDU 6080 Advanced Foundations of Education
EDU 6160 Educational Assessment, Evaluation, Technology
EDU 6180 Critical Issues and Research in Special Education
EDU 6250 Advanced Classroom Management/Legal Issues
EDU 6350 Curriculum and Instruction: Theory and Design
EDU 6500 Advanced Teaching Methods in Reading and Language Arts
EDU 6580 Advanced Teaching Methods in Math and Science

Internship Semester (Students’ final semester following completion of all course work):

EDU 6610 Internship (10 hours)
EDU 6640 Student Teaching Seminar (2 hours)
TOTAL 44 hours

MAT Admission Requirements

  1. A completed online graduate application form;
  2. An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education as verified by an official transcript of all undergraduate work completed;
  3. Baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and a GPA in the major area of 3.2 or better, or a composite score of 297 on the GRE or 393 on the MAT tests;
  4. Photocopy of ID, passport, or driver’s license;
  5. Completion of a background check clearance from the Polk County School Board (PCSB);
  6. Résumé or CV of educational and work experience;
  7. Personal statement of your expectations of a graduate program to include personal and professional goals;
  8. Three professional recommendations (FSC recommendation forms may be used);
  9. Personal Interview;
  10. Personality inventory may be required.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
  • Testing: Prior to admission or within the first 12 semester hours of MAT coursework, a passing score is required on all sections of the Florida (FTCE) Teacher Certification
  • One semester of student teaching is required during the student’s final semester before graduation.

Course Descriptions

EDU 5150 THEORIES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHING ESOL
Four hours. This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of instructional delivery which caters to the linguistic and literacy needs of minority heritage communities. The focus of this course is located within the framework of diversity as an asset that needs to be explored and utilized in a more efficient manner, cultural capital, discursive practices and differences. Students will be required to engage with the political debates and resultant educational ramifications concerning bilingual education, dual language programs, ESOL education as well as other issues such as power and inequalities in language education. This socio cultural-critical theoretical framework will provide students with the basis to then negotiate issues of second language learning, critical pedagogy, language varieties, multicultural communities as well as critical literacy and reading development. Some emphasis will be placed on current issues- drop out rates ('drop out factories'), diversity: a blessing or a curse? Case studies (either student generated or teacher provided), Self-Directed Learning (SDL) as a tool to promote education ownership.

EDU 6080 ADVANCED FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION
Four hours. The study of the societal structure and problems affecting education; the effects on education from philosophical, psychological, cultural and societal differences and changes; and the effects of political and economical changes on education. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the teacher in the socialization process of American you.

EDU 6160 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT, EVALUATION, TECHNOLOGY
Four hours. Students identify the benefits of using technology tools to maximize K-12 student learning and to facilitate the higher-order thinking skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century workplace. Students will plan, develop and assess projects within a technology-enriched instructional unit. Survey research methods will be employed to learn data collection and aggregation methods culminating into a publishable research paper on the topic of technology integration in the K-12 educational setting.

EDU 6180 CRITICAL ISSUES AND RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Four hours. Examines the role of special education in the increased scrutiny of public schools by the general public and agents from all levels of government. Provides a straightforward analysis of conceptual and practical issues facing professionals involved in the design, delivery and assessment of special education.

EDU 6250 ADVANCED CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT/LEGAL ISSUES
Four hours. The goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and operationalize the legal issues affecting the organization and management of public schools within the United States and the legal standards to apply in resolving disputes concerning public education. Public education is at the center of both states and national politics and is forever increasing interest to policy makers as well as pubic at large. As the traditional education system in the country continues to "reinvent" itself, it is not surprising that state and federal courts at all levels are actively hearing school related issues. The increasing legislative and judicial activity in public education issues has resulted in a body of law that is rapidly evolving.

EDU 6350 CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: THEORY AND DESIGN
Four hours. This course provides an in-depth examination of the historical, philosophical and theoretical constructs of curriculum for the 21st century. It will provide the impetus for the development and evaluation of current curriculum design as well as the formulation of fluid paradigms for new demands on instruction from both micro and macro environments in educational institutions. The student will interview curriculum specialist. The research will provide an experiential foundation for generation of a school improvement plan with an emphasis on curriculum.

EDU 6500 ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS IN READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS
Four hours. This course focuses on three major components of Reading and Language Arts: The Reading and Writing Processes, Integrating Technology into the instruction of Reading/Language Arts and Managing Reading/Language Art Programs. New fluid literacies are addressed: hypertext, graphic design, visual literacy and film interpretation. There is also a major emphasis on cultural diversity as it affects both the teaching and learning of these processes.

EDU 6580 ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS IN MATH AND SCIENCE
Four hours. This course will provide graduate level work in math and science teaching techniques. Mathematics will involved problem solving using on-routine strategies, problems representing several branches of mathematics and related disciplines. Science will focus on advanced skills for science experimentation and additional teaching strategies.

EDU 6610 INTERNSHIP
Ten hours. The senior internship is designed to be the culminating education experience for education majors regardless of age/ grade level specialty, subject matter, and/or major. The internship is 14 weeks/70 days long and involves teaching, modeling, observing and evaluating. The coordinator of Field Studies at Florida Southern College and a representative of the Human Resources Development Office of Polk County Schools assigns the student to a Polk County Public School. The student will take over all responsibilities of a certified Florida classroom, teaching in her/his specialty area after receiving adequate preparation by the assigned teacher and supervisor.

EDU 6640 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR
Two hours. Prerequisites: Completion of major and permission of faculty. Weekly seminar for senior intern. Discussion and analysis of general methods of teaching in schools, with an emphasis on classroom management, experience, and presentation.