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M.A. in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

Learn innovative strategies to teach diverse students effectively. Explore the teaching methods that are most effective for different subject areas. Integrate the best of educational theory with the practical skills you need to succeed in the classroom.

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.

License Areas

Elementary (K – 8) : Secondary (7 – 12) : Dual (K – 12) : Special Education (SPED)

ELAD: Students can qualify for an additional endorsement in English Language Acquisition and Development by completing 12 additional credits online.

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  • 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
  • Complete your remaining courses while you’re teaching

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 Graduate Catalog. 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 SNU 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.

The BA + MAT Dual Degree Program
for SNU Undergraduates

Get a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree, and qualify for a Nevada Teaching License on an accelerated schedule.

The Teacher Education Dual Degree curriculum includes 10 course credits which are applied to both your undergraduate and graduate degrees, so the total number of credits required is reduced to 157 from 167 (120 undergraduate + 47 graduate).

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