Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Programs
MAT programs are designed for those who already posses a bachelor's degree who wish to pursue teacher certification.
Most MAT programs are 30 credit hours that provide the foundations in the theory and practice of teaching, and include a required internship or student teaching. Many students enrolled in MAT programs already hold teaching positions in the public schools. For these students, the internship is completed in their own classrooms. For further information, click on a specific program below.
Upon completion of all degree requirements, including passing the Florida Teacher Certification Exam, you are eligible for a five year professional Florida teaching certificate. Several MAT programs include the ESOL Endorsement (English for Speakers of Other Languages). This endorsement indicates that you have completed the required coursework addressing teaching Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. All teachers in the state of Florida who will be the primary language arts instructor must earn the ESOL Endorsement, either through an approved degree program or in-service hours.
All MAT programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education, and the College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program provides reciprocity with over 30 other states and the District of Columbia (Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel). This means that if you move to one of these states, you should not have to take additional coursework and should be eligible to teach in your field. In addition, some states provide reciprocity to graduates of NCATE accredited institutions.