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Master of Arts in Teaching

College of Education

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Mastering the challenge of education to change and improve lives

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program provides opportunities for academic preparation and professional renewal for practicing educators. This program affords students opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding of the learning process, as well as expand their repertoire of teaching methods and skills. Additionally, it offers teachers the opportunity to increase their competence in various subject area specializations. The program consists of 36-38 credits depending on the chosen specialization.


Associated Endorsement Programs

The following endorsements are combined with the Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs. Students seeking an endorsement in one of these areas must apply to the MAT program. Most coursework taken for the endorsement is applicable toward completion of the MAT degree.


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Saginaw Valley State University is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the Michigan State Board of Education.

Professional Standards

Several programs within the College of Education adhere to national professional standards established by the following organizations:

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
International Reading Association (IRA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

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