Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program focuses on curriculum. We engage in critical study of historical and current controversies that shape what is taught in classrooms today. Teachers learn to design curriculum that embodies their educational values and provides all students access to powerful learning opportunities.

Two courses (six credits) build on credential coursework to prepare teachers to critically examine, and develop, curricula that address the needs of a democratic society, diverse student populations in K-12 schools, and content standards. 


MAT Specific Courses

TEC-673 Curriculum: Currents and Controversies (3 units)

What should schools teach? This course focuses on the forces and conflicts that have shaped K-12 public school curricula, including the standards-based accountability movement. We relate curriculum history, theory, and policy to contemporary classroom teaching.

  • Pre-requisite: Completion of Student Teaching I.
  • This course may be taken prior to, or concurrently with TEC 674 Curriculum Development and Design.
  • This course may not be taken concurrently with Student Teaching II/III.
  • Offered only in Spring, Summer and Fall semester.


TEC-674 Curriculum Development and Design (3 units)

What do educators select to teach, and how do they adapt and develop curricula that can provide all students with equal access to rich learning opportunities? This course focuses on curriculum development and is the capstone experience for the Masters of Arts in Teaching. The core project is designing a cohesive instructional unit that addresses students' diverse learning needs.

  • Pre-requisite: Completion of Student Teaching I and II/III.
  • Students must take this after or concurrently with Curriculum: Currents and Controversies
  • Offered only in Spring, Summer and Fall semester.
Note: Students in the Dual Degree/UTEC program may follow a different course sequence arranged by their DDTP/UTEC Advisor.


Additional Information


For more information, contact Melissa Duphily and Dr. Judy Pace