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Education MAT Initial Certification


Master of Arts in Teaching


The Education Department offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) initial certification degree. Full-time faculty teach all courses, assuring continuity and quality of the program.

The MAT program is a licensure program for candidates who have a baccalaureate degree in a content area (history, biology, chemistry, math, political science, English, business, etc.).

Candidates earn a master’s degree, receive their initial teaching license, and are classified by the State of Delaware as highly qualified upon successful program completion. MAT candidates have the following options for program completion:

  1. Wesley seniors who have completed undergraduate degree requirements may enroll in classes in the spring semester of their senior year.
  2. MAT candidates who wish to complete the program in three semesters may enroll in classes in the summer.
  3. MAT candidates may complete the degree part time over 2 to 3 years.

The Unit’s Learning Outcomes

Pre-candidates, candidates, completers, and graduates of the Wesley Education unit will:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of content, and life-long learning strategies for independent knowledge construction.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of pedagogy, including self.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and knowledge of how children, youth, and others learn.
  • Demonstrate growth in pedagogical content knowledge through planning, delivering, differentiating, and assessing instruction in ways that align to social constructivist practice and SPA and InTASC standards.
  • Demonstrate growth in scholarly competencies, including critical
  • Demonstrate thinking, reflection, technological literacy, and communication through multiple texts.
  • Demonstrate continual growth in the dispositions of persistence, tolerance for ambiguity, work ethic, and self-directed learning.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to degree candidacy the applicant must provide a completed application to the Admission Officer, and the following:

  1. Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate content area from an accredited university or college and an overall grade point average of 3.00
  2. Official copies of passing scores (Delaware) on the PRAXIS Core examination in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.
  3. Official copies of passing Praxis II scores (DE) in your content area
  4. Resume and statement of philosophy of teaching and learning.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be an evaluation of applicant’s instructional ability and attitude toward the teaching/learning process. Applicants who lack teaching experience should ask for a recommendation from a college instructor in their major discipline or an employer familiar with their teaching potential.

At the time of admission, the MAT applicant’s transcript will be analyzed for depth of content knowledge in the major, using the Specialized Professional Associations’ criteria (NCTM, NCTE, NSTA, NASPE, NCSS, etc.). Based on this analysis, candidates may be required to take further content courses in order to satisfy SPA requirements for content knowledge.

MAT candidates may be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking and passing the Praxis tests. Passing Praxis test scores are required for admission to degree candidacy and to student teaching

For further information please contact B. Patricia Patterson, Graduate Program Director, at b.patricia.patterson(at)wesley.edu.

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