This degree is for students who want to concentrate their core work in Education but with a general group of courses either from the Dreeben School of Education as a whole, or from another School/College. If the majority of the work is from Education, the degree will be the M.Ed. If more than several courses come from other College/Schools, the M.A. will be awarded. This open-ended degree plan allows students to select up to six (6) courses that will best suit their needs within a focus of Education.
Core Courses (12 semester hours)
Other courses from Education: at least two (6 hours)
Courses from other disciplines OR from Education: up to six (18 semester hours)
The University of the Incarnate Word teacher preparation program has a 99% pass rate on the TExES state certification exams. All Teacher Education programs at UIW are approved and overseen by the State Board for Educator Certification of Texas.
The M.A.T. degree offers an opportunity for students to obtain elementary, secondary, or all-level certification while working towards the Master’s degree.
The M.A.T. degree requires 36-42 hours of coursework, (depending upon the area of specialization), completion of all teaching practicum requirements, and a satisfactory Student Apprenticeship experience, or the completion of a one-year internship with a satisfactory evaluation.
Full admission to the M.A.T. requires the following:
Continuation in this program requires that students/teacher candidates remain in good standing with the Graduate School, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, complete course work in sequence with the program advisor’s approval, demonstrate a professional disposition, and demonstrate content proficiency by passing an examination over the content area of certification prior to registration for the Apprenticeship/Internship. Students who are conditionally admitted to the M.A.T. must complete all admissions requirements prior to registration for more than 9 hours.
Core courses in the M.A.T. (12 or 15 semester hours)
Areas of Concentration within Education:
Certification by the State of Texas is awarded upon completion of the M.A.T. AND successful completion of passing scores on the TExES exams required by the State Board of Educator Certification.
Graduate and undergraduate students seeking Texas Teacher Certification from the University of the Incarnate Word program will be subject to any additional or new requirements that may be set forth by legislative mandates or the State Board for Educator Certification.
*Note: UIW offers an Accelerated M.A.T. Program for candidates seeking EC-6 certification. Applicants must present a completed B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Reading and Special Education awarded by UIW. Candidates with similar degrees/minors from other institutions are subject to academic review if applying to the Accelerated M.A.T. Program.
Prerequisite: Completed B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Reading and Special Education*
Requirements in the major (18 hours)
Teaching Fields: English Language Arts & Reading, History, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Science
Requirements in the major (21 hours)
Electives (0/3 hours)
Electives (0-3 hours)
The Graduate Certification Program is a secondary teacher certification program for post-baccalaureate students who have a teaching field in place (Secondary certification fields include: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, or History. All-level certification fields include: Physical Education, Art, Music, Spanish, or Theater). Students will be eligible for secondary certification (grades 8-12) or all-level certification (grades EC-12) upon completion of all required coursework, passing the associated TExES certification exams, and completion of the certification application process; including fingerprinting and a background investigation. Courses in the Graduate Certification Program will apply to the Masters of Arts in Teaching degree.
Interested students in the Graduate Certification Program must apply to the M.A.T. Program and meet all stated requirements. The student and the academic advisor will coordinate to plan accordingly.
Requirements for the Graduate Certification Program (21-24 hours)