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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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Our Lady of the Lake University offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) designed for aspiring teacher candidates who already have earned a bachelor’s degree and would like to add teacher certification while earning a master’s degree. 

MAT candidates will be prepared to meet the educational needs of a growing and diverse student population as OLLU has done for 125 years.  If you’re ready to make a difference, then join our legacy and change the world, one student at a time. 

Scholarships are offered and a 20% tuition discount is available to school district and Catholic school employees.

Students in the program:

  • Learn pedagogical theories and innovative instructional strategies

  • Apply their knowledge in a real-world setting during a full-year internship or clinical teaching experience

  • Take advantage of maximum flexibility through a combination  face-to-face, synchronous remote and hybrid courses  – most class meetings in the fall and spring semesters meet in the evenings and on weekends.

  • Students can use facilities on the San Antonio, Houston or Rio Grande Valley campuses of OLLU. 

  • Take part in an initial summer semester that is academically intensive that includes four courses, 30 hours of field experience and preparation for content certification exams

  • Can complete the program in 15 months

Specializations

This specialization is for students seeking to work with elementary children from early childhood through grade 6 (EC-6). The additional certification in Bilingual Education requires proficiency in Spanish as the program builds on the candidate’s comprehensive Spanish language competencies.

Students explore:

  • Bilingual language development and acquisition processes
  • Language varieties with an emphasis on social and cultural contexts and the successful development of bilingualism and literacies in families, communities and schools
  • Theories and research-based practices to promote biliteracy development, particularly in Dual Language Classrooms

Requires a minimum of 12 credit hours (combined) in English Language Arts, Math, History, Science, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Health.

MAT: Elementary with Bilingual Specialization degree plan and course descriptions

This specialization is for students seeking to work with elementary children from early childhood through grade 6 (EC-6). The additional certification in ESL prepares candidates to work with students whose primary language is not English.

Students learn:

  • Current approaches to second-language acquisition and instruction
  • Methodologies of teaching and testing English as a second language
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of ESL programs and materials

Requires a minimum of 12 credit hours (combined) in English Language Arts, Math, History, Science, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Health.

MAT: Elementary ESL Specialization degree plan and course descriptions

This specialization is for students seeking to work with elementary children from early childhood through grade 6 (EC-6).  The additional certification in Special Education prepares candidates to meet the individual needs of students who receive special education services in schools. 

Students learn:

  • Assessment theories and practices to identify strengths and needs
  • Applied behavioral analysis and interventions
  • Special education ethics, law and professional leadership

Requires a minimum of 12 credit hours (combined) in English Language Arts, Math, History, Science, Fine Arts, Physical Education and Health.

MAT: Elementary with Special Education Specialization degree plan and course descriptions .

This specialization is for students seeking to teach content in grades 4-8, 7-12, or Early Childhood-12; the additional certification in ESL prepares candidates to work with students whose primary language is not English.

Certification options are:

  • Mathematics  (4-8 or 7-12)  
  • Science (4-8 or 7-12)  
  • English Language Arts (4-8 or 7-12)  
  • History (4-8 or 7-12)  
  • Music (All Level EC-12) 
  • Art (All Level EC-12) 
  • Physical Education (All Level EC-12) 
  • Spanish (All Level EC-12) 

 

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