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PACE - 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. Individuals pre-approved in WT’s alternative certification program, the Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program, are admitted to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. The program allows candidates to complete requirements for initial teacher certification, expand their knowledge and skills to support their effectiveness as teachers, and meet state certificate renewal requirements. Upon completion of initial standard certification, the candidate may continue with the MAT Plan of Study to complete the master’s degree.
 Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning and
  • Application to and pre-approval from the Panhandle Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) program
Upon alternative certification program admission, apply to graduate school using the Grad U.S. Application (Education/Teaching Masters) and submit the fee; see wtamu.edu/admissions/apply_graduate.aspx
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 EDPD 6385 or COUN 6330, and
    • 3 SCH from EDPD 6305 or EDPD 6308 or EDPD 6329 or EDLD 6311
  • 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)
Degree Completion/Graduation Requirements
  • Completion of professional development/certification course work, testing, and supervised teaching experience for the initial Standard Texas Educator Certificate, and
  • Completion of graduate core and teaching field course work as outlined on the Plan of Study, and
  • Passing a written comprehensive exam (candidate must hold a Standard Texas Educator certification prior to administration of the comprehensive exam)
Other Considerations
  • The candidate may request a MAT Plan of Study from the program adviser upon completion of 12 SCH of certification course work and passing the content test(s) for the target certificate.
  • The candidate is not eligible to sit for the comprehensive exam or graduation until standard certification is complete.
  • The candidate must maintain a 3.0 GPA (with no grade below a C) on all course work, and the program must be completed within six (6) years of taking the first course that applies to the degree.
  • The MAT will not lead to a professional certificate (counselor, diagnostician, or principal); if a professional certificate is the goal, contact the PACE program for referral to the appropriate program adviser.
Click here for MAT program objectives.

Out of State Licensure/Certification:
“Requirements for licensure/certification vary from state to state. Our programs prepare students for certification and /or licensure in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure or certification in other states.”