A Master of Teaching serves two purposes: to further the degree of someone who is already certified in teaching or to help a non-education major get a degree in teaching. Teachers that are already certified, however, usually enroll in a Master of Education program, particularly if there are ambitions of working in the administrative side of education. The Master of Teaching is geared more toward students who want to go into teaching from other professional fields. Students may be awarded a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master in Teaching (MIT) or a Master of Science in Teaching (MST). Here is a brief overview of the typical Master of Teaching program as well as tips for applying to the schools of your choice.
What Are the Requirements for Acceptance?
Entrance into graduate programs is usually stricter than entry into bachelors degree programs. Depending on the school and the quality of the program, a GPA of 2.5-3.0 is required before you can be admitted to the program. Students must have completed a bachelors degree from an accredited institution. You may need letters of reference from former professors or employers to send along with your application. Some schools require that graduate students complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
What Happens Once You’re Accepted?
Upon acceptance to a masters program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will help you plan your course of study. The purpose of this plan is to ensure that the students personal goals are met while at the same time fulfilling all of the institutions requirements for the degree. While in a graduate program, you usually must maintain a 3.0 GPA within your program. Some allow a slightly lower GPA for your overall classes. Most programs require that students complete a thesis, final project or final exam as proof of their knowledge of the materials covered in their courses. Length and credit requirements vary, but most programs require students to complete 30-36 hours for a masters degree. When attending full time, it will take most students four semesters or five quarters to complete a masters degree.
An online masters in teaching is focused on practical teaching skills and subject-specific information. For those who are going into teaching from another field or degree program, the MIT provides the course requirements necessary to seek state teaching certification. Depending on the program, the first three semesters or four quarters are dedicated to classroom work in the subject area the student wishes to teach. For example, someone who wants to teach science will take courses in science education and methodology according to the level the student wants to teach (elementary or secondary). During the last semester or quarter, the student will complete an internship. This internship provides real-life classroom experience where the student will plan lessons and teach them in a school setting. For MIT programs designed for teachers who are already certified, they help working teachers improve their skills.
Upon graduation, students are prepared for certification. Each states requirements are different, and some states require an exam in addition to meeting these certification requirements. Contact your states board of education for more details.