A Two-Phase Process

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a graduate program divided into two phases. Upon completion of the first phase, teacher candidates qualify for Nevada teaching licensure in elementary, secondary, special education or autism. After completing the required coursework and passing all required tests for initial licensure, teacher candidates may enroll in the 600-level courses to complete the MAT degree. The MAT builds on the Phase I courses and classroom experiences to further teachers’ understanding of educational theory, reflective teaching practices, and research skills.

Goals & Standards

The MAT degree program goals are a natural outgrowth of the mission and objectives of the College. Specifically, the MAT degree programs seek to prepare teacher candidates to:

  • Understand historical, social, cultural, and diversity issues that influence education policies and practices
  • Know how children and/or adolescents develop and learn
  • Establish and communicate learning goals to students
  • Communicate high expectations for all students
  • Track student progress and celebrate student success
  • Develop effective lessons organized into cohesive units
  • Help all students effectively interact with new knowledge
  • Provide students with ways to practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge
  • Instruct all students to generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge
  • Engage all students in learning
  • Establish and maintain classroom rules and procedures
  • Recognize and acknowledge student adherence or lack of adherence to classroom rules and procedures
  • Recognize and maintain effective relationships with students
  • Use research and reflection to refine classroom pedagogy
  • Use technology effectively for assessment and instruction

MAT Degree Programs- Phase I

During Phase I, all MAT teacher candidates (elementary, secondary, special education, and autism) take foundation courses in effective teaching practices and classroom management, teaching with technology, and evaluation and assessment. Depending on the area of licensure, teacher candidates then take appropriate methods courses and a school-based practicum.

Student Teaching is the final step in Phase I.  Student teaching is either Fall or Spring semester-long classroom experience. Once student teaching is successfully completed and all required testing passed, teacher candidates may begin Phase II.

Required Testing

All required testing: Praxis I, CBEST or GRE, Praxis II and/or Specialized Praxis Tests, Nevada School Law, Nevada Constitution, and U.S. Constitution, must be taken with passing scores received by the SNC Department of Teacher Education before enrolling in Phase II 600 level courses. Visit our Required Testing page for more information on testing.

MAT Degree Programs- Phase II

All teacher candidates who wish to complete their MAT degree enroll in EDUC 628 Educational Research and Reflective Practice.  During this class, teacher candidates write a proposal for either an action research thesis or a professional project. Once a teacher candidate’s proposal is approved, the teacher candidate enrolls the following semester in either EDUC 630 Thesis or EDUC 635 Professional Project.

Candidates who require additional time to complete their degree after enrollment in EDUC 630 or 635 must register for either EDUC 699T (Thesis Completion) or EDUC 699P (Professional Project Completion) each semester until their work is completed.