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Master of Arts in Teaching


Are you interested in being an inspiration to others? Are you passionate about helping others be successful? Do you want to have a direct impact on our future? If you have answered yes to all of these questions, then teaching could be the career for you and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at Wesley College will help you earn the credentials to make this dream a reality!

The Department of Educational Studies and Teacher Licensure offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree. This initial licensure program is for candidates who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a content area taught at the secondary level (i.e. history, biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, business, etc.). After successful completion of the program, including all coursework and a year-long student teaching residency, candidates earn a master’s degree, receive their initial teaching license, and are classified by the state of Delaware as highly qualified.

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 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 Dr. Tina Mitchell at tina.mitchell@wesley.edu.

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