Student teaching at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington

Middle school teaching is an exciting and rewarding profession.

Our nationally accredited Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for Middle Level Education (grades 5-9) will prepare you to make a difference in the lives of students in this dynamic age group.

Is UVM's Middle Level Education Graduate Program right for you?

"I was just so intrigued by the middle level students...I want to be able to look back and know that I made a connection with every one of my students."  Emily Ranquist

Teachers InspireWe believe learning happens best when it's experiential. That is why our program places you in a middle school working with kids from the beginning. Your teaching internship lasts for the whole year and is directly connected to your on-campus coursework. Learn about theory, research, and strategy on campus one day, then try out what you've learned at the school the next day. 

Accelerated One Year Program (AMP) or 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. Start the program one August, be a licensed teacher with your own classroom (and salary) the next. Of course, full-time study isn't ideal for everyone. That's why we also offer a part-time, two-year option.

Small Cohort Model

Learning requires dialogue and support. Each year we select a small group of applicants for the program. This cohort of graduate students goes through the sequence of courses together and is placed together at internship sites as well. We believe the support and dynamics of your cohort are an essential part of your 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 middle grade students. As a result, you won't find yourself listening to lectures. Instead, you can expect to participate in collaborative learning, hands-on tasks, and active learning.

International Study Opportunities

We believe there is much to learn from our international colleagues. Our formal partnership with New Zealand educators allows us to offer an optional two-week study abroad experience for graduate students. You will visit New Zealand to examine teaching and learning in primary, intermediate and secondary schools on the other side of the globe.

Internationally Renowned Faculty and Opportunities for Research

Your professors have extensive experience in middle level education, both in research and in practice. They've all been middle grades teachers themselves, and they now conduct fascinating research that regularly receives national and international attention. (And what's more, they're really fun.)

There are always opportunities to get involved in research. Interested in early adolescence? Brain development? Literacy? Educational technology? Click here to learn more about our faculty and some of the cool research you could join.

High Job Placement Rate

We are proud of our job placement rate over the past 8 years. We attribute this to both the high quality of our program and the high quality of candidates whom we are fortunate to accept.

Multiple Licensure Options

One thing that contributes to that high job placement rate is our multiple endorsement options. As part of the application process, we determine which content areas (Math, Science, Social Studies, English) you would eligible to teach. We also coach you to add one or two additional areas if you're close to having the prerequisites fulfilled. That way, you exit our program highly marketable and ready to be hired in more than one content area.

Middle Level MAT 2017 cohort at graduation


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How to Apply

Deadline: Rolling admission beginning in January

Candidates must have:

  • minimum of 18 credit hours in one academic discipline
  • minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework and in the academic disciplines
  • resume
  • writing sample
  • demonstrated commitment to working with children and young people

Application Instructions:

On page 3 of the Graduate College online application:

  • Go to “Curriculum & Instruction.”
  • Select “Degrees Name - MAT.”
  • Select term, then click button.
  • Choose Specialty Concentration (i.e., "Middle Level Education").

Additional Information:

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