West Texas A&M University - Home
Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Department of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree with Texas Teacher Certification

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is designed for individuals who wish to achieve initial Texas teacher certification while pursuing a graduate degree. The MAT will allow candidates in WT’s alternative certification programs to complete initial certification requirements, expand their knowledge and skills to support their effectiveness as teachers, and meet state certificate renewal requirements in their respective fields. Options are available in elementary, secondary, all-level, and special education.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning
  • Admission into one of WT’s alternative teacher certification programs—the Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program or the Post-Baccalaureate Certification (PB/Cert) program; see wtamu.edu/altcert
  • Submission of graduate school application and fee, wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_graduate.aspx

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of alternative certification program requirements (graduate and/or undergraduate course work, testing, training, field experience, internship or clinical teaching, etc.),
  • Completion of course work as outlined on the official MAT Plan of Study and Initial Standard Texas Educator Certification prior to administration of the comprehensive exam, and
  • Passing a written comprehensive exam 

MAT Course Work

A total of 36 (42 hours with clinical teaching option) semester credit hours (SCH)—at least 24 hours at the 6000-level—is required.
  • 15-18 SCH from the professional development core (initial certification course work as required by certification program; an additional 6 SCH are required with clinical teaching option)
  • 9 SCH from the graduate core in Education
    • EDPD 6303, and
    • 3 SCH from EDPD 6304 or 6385 or COUN 6330, and
    • 3 SCH from EDLD 6308 or 6311 or EDPD 6305 or 6329
  • 9-12 SCH in the applicant’s teaching field as approved by the graduate adviser in the Department of Education (undergraduate leveling course work may be required at the discretion of the adviser)
The candidate must maintain a 3.0 GPA (with no grade below a C) on all MAT course work, and the program must be completed within six (6) years of taking the first graduate course that applies to the MAT degree.








Apply Now