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The M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program leads to a master's degree and a teaching license. It is for people who know they want to become a secondary classroom teacher. The M.Ed. (Master of Arts in Education) program leads to a master's degree. It is for people who want to enter or further their experience in a field of education other than the public classroom.

Both programs begin in early June. This year, the first day of classes was June 5, 2018.

No, all students in the cohort begin at the same time in the summer.

Cohort numbers vary by year. They have ranged from 10-25, with the average size being around eleven students.

M.A.T. and M.Ed. candidates complete a two-week practicum in the summer. In August, candidates begin a year-long practicum (for M.A.T. candidates, this is student teaching) that usually concludes in mid-April. By January, candidates are at their placement every day.

Students usually live close to campus in rented houses and apartments. It is not uncommon for groups of M.A.T. and M.Ed. students to live together. We can help you find housing when the time comes.

While you do not need a car, we strongly recommend having one as it will make travel between campus and your placement much easier.

No, there is no GPA requirement. Our review process takes into account all aspects of the application. Read more about admissions guidelines here.

For the M.A.T. program, having a part-time job is possible, but can be a tight squeeze with the demands of coursework and clinical work. M.Ed. candidates have more flexibility with jobs and, in most cases, their pre-existing job becomes their clinical placement. It is even possible to work full-time while doing the M.Ed. program.

The M.A.T. and M.Ed. are 11-month programs.* Admitted students will begin the program on June 5 and will be in the program for three semesters: summer 2018, fall 2018, and spring 2019. Graduation is May 11. Click to see the full academic calendar. *Students doing the two-year M.Ed. graduate 23 months after beginning the program.