Education, Accelerated AB/MAT

Master's Candidacy

To earn a master’s degree at Washington University, a student must complete all courses required by their department; maintain satisfactory academic progress; fulfill all academic and residence requirements; and file an Intent to Graduate. For a general layout of master’s degree general requirements in Arts & Sciences, including an explanation of Satisfactory Academic Progress, students should review the Master’s Degree Academic Information page of the Arts & Sciences Bulletin.

Program Requirements

  • Total Units Required: 37 minimum (including undergraduate certification coursework)
  • Degree Length: One year
    • The Accelerated AB/MAT Program allows qualified Washington University undergraduates to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in one year after completing the AB degree. The undergraduate and graduate degrees are awarded sequentially, if approved, with admission to the master's degree program in the fall semester following the completion of the undergraduate degree. The program is available only to students currently in their senior year and only for continuous enrollment the next year. There is no option for deferred admission.
  • Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in order for courses to count toward the degree and certification requirements
  • Note: Students must be enrolled in 9 graduate credits each semester to retain full-time status. As students complete their course work, if enrolled in fewer than 9 graduate credits, they must enroll in a specific Arts & Sciences graduate course that will show 0 units but does count as full-time status. Students should connect with their department to ensure proper enrollment prior to Add/Drop.

​​Required Courses

To qualify for the AB/MAT program, undergraduate students must have completed 30 to 36 credit units of content area courses (content areas listed below) with at least 12 credit units taken at the 400/4000 level.

As undergraduates, students will need to take a minimum of 10 credits of professional education courses:

Educ 313BEducation, Childhood, Adolescence, and Society3
Educ 4052Educational Psychology: A Focus on Teaching and Learning3
Educ 4053Early Field Experience1
Educ 408Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children3

​Additionally, as undergraduates, students must take one 3-credit foundations of education course from the following:

Educ 304Educational Psychology3
Educ 453BSociology of Education3
Educ 459FPhilosophies of Education3
Educ 462Politics of Education3
Educ 4621The Political Economy of Urban Education3
Educ 481WHistory of Education in the United States3

​The first semester of the MAT includes a field experience seminar requiring 50 clock-hours of classroom experience, a 2-unit Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Education course in addition to a lab associated with the chosen content area, a content reading course, and a content area course if necessary. If students are candidates for middle school certification (grades 5-9), they take two additional courses in Middle School Philosophy and Organization and Middle School Curriculum and Instruction.

For All Teacher Candidates
Educ 5681Reading in the Content Areas3
Educ 6000Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers2
Educ 6843Field Experience Seminar3
For Art content area, grades K-12
Educ 5007Instructional Techniques for Art K-123
Educ 6001Curriculum and Instruction in Art K-122
For Dance content area, grades K-12
Educ 600DCurriculum and Instruction in Dance K-122
For Language Arts content area, grades 5-9, and English content area, grades 9-12
Educ 600ECurriculum and Instruction in Secondary English2
Educ 6451Teaching Writing in School Contexts3
For World Language content area, grades K-12
Educ 600LCurriculum and Instruction in World Languages K-122
For Mathematics content area, grades 5-9 and grades 9-12
Educ 6006Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Mathematics2
For Science content area, grades 5-9 and grades 9-12
Educ 600SCurriculum and Instruction in Secondary Science2
For Social Science content area, grades 5-9 and grades 9-12
Educ 60SSCurriculum and Instruction in Secondary Social Science2
For grades 5-9 Middle School Candidates
Educ 6951Middle School Philosophy and Organization2
Educ 6952Middle School Curriculum and Instruction3

The second MAT semester consists of 16 weeks of student teaching (8 credits) as well as courses for adolescent reading interventions (if not completed as an undergraduate) and a teaching-learning process course. Given the intensity of the academic requirements during this final semester of study, students must focus wholly on their culminating field experience and will not be able to accept outside employment or register for any additional course work.

For all Teacher Candidates
Educ 6821The Teaching-Learning Process in the Secondary School3
For K-12 certification candidates
Educ 694Student Teaching in Grades K-128
For secondary certification candidates, grades 9-12
Educ 692Student Teaching in the Secondary School8
For middle school certification candidates, grades 5-9
Educ 6922Student Teaching in Middle Schools8

Students may be certified in the following content areas:

  • For grades 5 through 9: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science
  • For grades 9 through 12: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Physics, Mathematics, Social Science (including history, political science, economics, geography, and behavioral sciences such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology)
  • For grades K through 12: Art, Dance, World Language (Latin, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish)

It is strongly suggested that students apply for a subject in which they have completed (or will complete) a bachelor's degree (or earned the credits equivalent to an undergraduate major).

After students successfully complete the program and the state-mandated certification assessments, they are eligible for initial teacher certification in Missouri for their selected subject area. States all have their own unique requirements for teacher certification, but many have reciprocity agreements to allow currently certified teachers to transfer teaching credentials to a new state. Teachers may have to meet additional state requirements, but for most states, transferring certification is fairly straightforward.

Contact Info

Contact:Alyssa McDonald