Education, 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: 49-57 (37-45 credit hours in Education course work and 12 graduate level credit hours in the content area)
  • Degree Length: 4 semesters
    • 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 coursework, 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

  • The first fall semester includes professional education courses in adolescent development and a foundations of education course, along with appropriate courses in the content area.
Educ 513BEducation, Childhood, Adolescence, and Society3
Educ 5001The American School3
or Educ 5530 Sociology of Education
or Educ 5590 Philosophies of Education
or Educ 5620 Politics of Education
or Educ 5622 The Political Economy of Urban Education
or Educ 5810 History of Education in the United States
  • The second semester includes educational psychology courses with 30 clock hours of field and clinical classroom experience along with an adolescent reading intervention course and appropriate content area coursework.
Educ 5253Instructional Interventions in Reading for Adolescents and English Language Learners3
Educ 6008Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children3
Educ 6052Educational Psychology: A Focus on Teaching and Learning in School Settings3
Educ 6053Early Field Experience1
  • The third semester includes a field and clinical 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 additional content area coursework to complete certification requirements, 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 final (fourth) semester consists of 16 weeks of student teaching (8 credit units) as well as 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. 
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, and Social Science
  • For grades 9 through 12: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Science (including history, political science, economics, geography, and behavioral sciences such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology)
  • For grades K through 12: Art, Dance, and World Language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish)

Students must fulfill specific content area requirements through either undergraduate coursework and/or the 12 credit units of subject area graduate courses required for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. 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 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 their teaching credentials to a new state. Teachers may have to meet some additional state requirements, but for most states, transferring teacher certification is fairly straightforward.

Contact Info

Contact:Alyssa McDonald