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Elementary Education, M.A.T. with Literacy Focus

Master of Arts In Teaching Elementary Education with a Literacy Focus

Become a classroom teacher in the K-6 elementary schools with a Master of Teaching in Literacy

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MAT IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WITH A LITERACY FOCUS:

Join us and become a classroom teacher in the K-6 elementary schools with a Master of Teaching in Literacy, a cutting-edge program that prepares you to teach in K-6 diverse settings by providing both in-depth courses and collaborative clinical experience.

THE USJ APPROACH TO AN MAT IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION DEGREE:

This new and creative program will also award you 15 credits in contemporary research and literacy applications. To foster relationships and collaboration, the program emphasizes onsite coursework to engage in peer-with-peer and student-with-faculty dialogue and discussion. As a result, you’ll be ready to enter the dynamic elementary K-6 teaching profession with literacy expertise as well as the personal and professional confidence to contribute in any diverse/high tech district.

DEGREE PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR PRACTICING PROFESSIONALS:

The Elementary Education/Literacy Focus, MAT program is designed with the practicing professional in mind. Courses typically begin at or after 4 p.m. and include the option to complete the program on a full- or part-time basis.  Be confident as you take advanced coursework on current theory and research in the fields of reading and literacy. Know that the program meets the new State Board of Education policy, which reads: Applicants for a professional educator certificate who are first certified in Connecticut after July 1, 2016, shall complete a minimum of 15 graduate credits of content or content pedagogy, either as part of or in addition to a master's degree. 

Program outcomes

  • Expanded understanding of current trends and issues in teaching elementary literacy along with teaching all subject areas in a K-6 curriculum.
  • Apply and implement various elementary education opportunities with teacher experts to better understand your university learnings.
  • Complete and collaborate in a field-based program that makes connections between current research and its ultimate use to promote learning for all in the school and community.

Other Information

Elementary Education Degree Acceptance requirements

  • Admission application and nonrefundable $50 admission fee.
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  • A conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.67
  • Two official transcripts of all undergraduate work and any prior graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation accompanied by the Letter of Recommendation Cover sheet usj.edu/gradforms. Note: Recommendations must be obtained from individuals who are not family members, personal friends or members of the USJ School of Education.
  • An individualized planned program of study developed by the candidate and the faculty advisor, approved by the chair of the Department of Education.
  • A letter of intent

Continuation requirements

Students must earn a grade of B or better in their first attempt in their first two classes to remain in the program. They must earn a B or better in all courses for continuous progression throughout the program.

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