M.A. in Teaching
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Learn innovative strategies to teach diverse students effectively. Nurture a secure future for yourself and your students. Build a lifelong commitment to reflective teaching grounded in sound educational theory, classroom experience, and research skills.
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Teach while you complete your education! Alternative Route to Licensing provides opportunities for aspiring teachers in the MAT program to earn a professional income and gain valuable classroom experience in districts with teacher shortages. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more details.
Teach Nevada Scholarships: A limited number of substantial scholarships are available for students entering SNC’s MAT – ARL program. Details and application on the Teach for Nevada page.
- Have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in any subject
- Complete first semester MAT courses: EDUC 560 and EDUC 565 (Elementary and Secondary) or EDUC 555 (Special Education)
- Pass all required licensing testing
- Receive a job offer from a participating school district
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a two – phase program that leads to both a Nevada teaching license and a master’s degree. All classes are scheduled so students can complete the program while working. Students who just want their teaching license may enroll as a Non-Pursuing Degree student (NPD) and complete Phase I only.
Elementary (K – 8) Secondary (7 – 12) Dual (K – 12)
Special Education (SPED)
TESL: Students can qualify for an additional endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language by completing 12 additional credits online.
Phase I – the Teaching Credential
includes all the requirements to obtain a standard teaching license in Nevada for elementary, secondary, dual level (elementary and secondary), or special education.
Course Requirements vary by credential – complete specifications can be found in the College Catalog. Full-time students usually complete Phase I coursework in two semesters. Students take foundation courses in effective teaching practices and classroom management, teaching with technology, evaluation and assessment, and methods courses and a school-based practicum in their chosen area. Field experience is an important part of the certification program, and all courses require a practicum and/or microteaching with students in a school setting.
Required Testing for licensing must be completed before student teaching begins. Students must register for the Praxis I or CBEST during their first semester, then pass Principles of Learning and Teaching, the relevant Praxis II tests, and the exam or course equivalency in Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and U.S. Constitution before entering student teaching.
Teachable Majors: Students qualifying for Secondary Certification must have obtained a recognizable teachable major during their undergraduate studies, or take the necessary undergraduate courses to make up the required credits, before beginning student teaching. For complete information about teachable majors, visit the Nevada Department of Education website.
Student Teaching is an integral part of the program – this semester is the culmination of the first phase. A weekly seminar to brings student teachers and SNC faculty together to discuss teaching strategies, classroom experiences, and employment opportunities.
Phase II – the Master’s Degree
600 level courses amplify the student’s understanding of the theoretical frameworks that guide teaching practices. Students complete a Professional Project that reflects their academic readings and professional experience, articulates a vision to raise student achievement, and engages critically with a relevant educational issue.