University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Secondary Education

Is UVM's MAT in Secondary Education Program for you?

Whether you’ve been thinking about teaching for years or you’ve just realized that teaching is your passion, UVM’s nationally recognized, CAEP accredited MAT in Secondary Education Program is for you! If teaching in high school is a career path that has been calling you, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We’re happy to talk with you about what it’s like to be a high school teacher, what our program entails, and how it might fit into your lifestyle at this time.

Program Entrance Criteria

All applicants to the Secondary Education Licensure Masters Preparation Program must meet the following general entrance criteria:

  • A general education background based on those studies known as liberal arts, which embrace the broad areas of the social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, biological and physical sciences, the humanities, and the arts
  • A 30 semester-credit-hour major concentration in a liberal arts or sciences field directly associated with the desired area of licensure.(The courses taken need to correspond with the respective Secondary Education Teacher Licensing major).
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 in undergraduate coursework and in the major discipline.
  • A demonstrated commitment to working with children and young people.
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Why is everyone talking about UVM's MAT in Secondary Education Program?

The Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Program offers a Licensure Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Curriculum and Instruction, and is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in an academic discipline and who want to become licensed to teach in Vermont and also earn a masters degree. The basic program fulfills the professional education requirements for state licensure. Areas of secondary education licensure (grades 7-12) at the University of Vermont include English, world languages, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The following hallmarks distinguish our nationally recognized MAT graduate program from many others:

Full Year Internships

Our internships are full-year, hands-on practical experiences that offer a perfect blend of theory and practice. Our program places you in high schools working under the mentorship of quality teachers licensed to teach in their disciplines. The goal is for you to try out some of the great ideas and strategies that you are learning in your courses out in your internship classrooms.

Small Cohort Model

Learning also requires dialogue and support. Each year we select a small group of applicants for the program from a competitive pool of applicants. This cohort of graduate students experiences the sequence of courses together and is placed together at internship sites as well. The support and dynamics of the cohort are an essential part of the graduate school experience.

Small Classes and Interactive Pedagogy

The small cohort size also results in seminar style classes. We believe in modeling the type of learning opportunities that we hope you will then use with your high school students. As a result you can expect to participate in collaborative learning, hands-on tasks, and co-teaching experiences in your university classes.

Exceptional Faculty

Your professors have extensive teaching and research experiences in secondary education. Most have been high school teachers themselves teaching in diverse schools throughout the United States and abroad. If you want to learn more about the secondary education professors, check out their profiles here.

Full Time, One-Year Program (with Part Time Option)

We know that making a career change is a big step. Our full time program offers you the chance to complete the licensure requirements in just one academic year. Begin the program in July, and be a licensed teacher with your own classroom the following year. For those who have other commitments and may need more time for program completion, we also offer a part-time option.

High Job Placement Rate

We know that making a career change is a big risk. Although we can’t guarantee you a job upon completion of the program, we are proud of our excellent job placement rate over the past 10 years. We attribute this success to both to the high quality of our program and to the high quality of candidates whom we are fortunate to accept.

Multiple Licensure Options

Upon program completion, students in our program may earn Vermont licensure (grades 7-12) in the following disciplines: English, Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Latin), Mathematics, Social Studies and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics). Dual licensure is also possible for those students who meet the content requirements for multiple subject areas.




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