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Master of Arts in Teaching

You earned your first degree, you found success in your career, but now you want more. You want to make a difference and share your passions with the next generation. You need a program of purpose to guide you to that next step.

Tennessee Wesleyan University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program has been developed specifically for career changers looking for that purpose. The MAT program offers three areas of concentration:

  • Elementary Education K – 5
  • Secondary Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics 6 – 12
  • Special Education Interventionist K – 8

Even if your degree isn't in one of these content areas, you are still able to enter the program by passing each PRAXIS in your specialty area. If this is you, don't worry - there are plenty of tools and resources that our staff will help you identify.

All areas lead to initial licensure and will prepare you for life in the classroom. During this 36 or 38 semester-hour program, you’ll join a cohort of other industry leaders making the switch to teaching.

Second Saturday

In an effort to accommodate working adult schedules, the MAT program is offered in a hybrid format - allowing you the opportunity to complete you classes online with one day each month spent on campus.

Known as the Second Saturday program, students will complete assignments and discussion board forums online and spend the second Saturday each month on campus in Athens, TN. During this class time, students will have the opportunity to work together and meet with professors.

Program candidates entering the program for Elementary or Secondary Education will complete their studies in 36 semester-hours, while students in the Special Education specialization will complete the program in 38 semester-hours.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as a pathway for initial licensure in elementary education, secondary education (biology, chemistry and mathematics) and special education interventionist (K-8). The MAT program is currently pending SACSCOC accreditation approval.

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