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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree includes all the required coursework to obtain your Minnesota teaching license in your area of expertise. The MAT program is designed for students seeking their initial license. Students who already possess a teaching license who are interested in a second license should look at the MAE program. Our program is unique in that it integrates an Early Career Teacher Seminar as a capstone experience that is designed to help you be successful in your career as a teacher. Our licensure concentrations are offered through a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses.

We offer the following concentrations for the MAT Degree: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language.

MAT with a concentration in Elementary Education

33 Graduate Credit Hours / 75 Total Credit Hours

100 Out of Class Field Hours Required

This program is designed to prepare teachers for grades K-6. Optional endorsements in middle school specialty areas of math, science, social studies, and communication arts can be pursued along with or separately from the K-6 license.

Program Requirements

  • EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)
  • EDC 522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting* (3 CH)
  • EDC 566 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians (3 CH)
  • EDC 533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting (3 CH)
  • EDC 544 – Learners with Special Needs* (3 CH)
  • EDC 580 – School and Society (3 CH)
  • EED 524 – Foundations of Literacy (3 CH)
  • EED 525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy* (3 CH)
  • EED 550 – K-6 Methods: Math (3 CH)
  • EED 560 – K-6 Methods: Science (3 CH)
  • EDC 590 – Inquiry and Research in Education
  • EDC 596 – Early Career Teacher Seminar (2 CH)

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience* (taken concurrently with EED 525)
  • EED 311 – K-6 Methods: Health
  • EED 312 – K-6 Methods: Physical Education
  • EED 336 – Advanced Literacy Methods*
  • EED 341 – K-6 Methods: Art
  • EED 370 – K-6 Methods: Social Studies/Thematics
  • EED 380 – Kindergarten Methods*
  • EED 386 – K-6 Methods: Children’s Literature
  • One of EDC 481 or EDC 482
    • EDC 481 – Student Teaching: Initial License (12-14 weeks)
    • EDC 482 – Student Teaching: Endorsement
  • EED 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

*Field experience hours are required in these courses. Please see the Field Experience section for more information.

MAT with a concentration in Secondary Education

30 Graduate Credit Hours / 68 – 107 Total Credit Hours**

100 Out of Class Field Experience Hours Required

K-12 licenses prepare teachers to teach a content area across elementary, middle school, and high school. Licenses for grades 5-12 prepare teachers to teach at the middle and high school levels.

K-12 Licenses are available in the following areas: Music, Physical Education, Visual Arts

5-12 Licenses are available in the following areas: Communication Arts, Health, Math, Social Studies

9-12 Licenses are available in the following subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Middle School Endorsements (5-8) are available in the following licensure areas: Social Studies, Communication Arts, Visual Arts, Health, Music, and Physical Education.

A 5-8 general science license is also available.

**Total Credit Hours vary depending on content area and the addition of a middle school endorsement.

Program Requirements

Please note that additional courses in content area may also be required.

  • EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)
  • EDC 522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting* (3 CH)
  • EDC 566 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians (3 CH)
  • EDC 533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting (3 CH)
  • EDC 544 – Learners with Special Needs* (3 CH)
  • EDC 580 – School and Society (3 CH)
  • ESE 525 – Creating Learning Environments (3 CH)
  • ESE 500 – Reading and Writing in Content Area* (3 CH)
  • EDC 590 – Inquiry and Research in Education
  • EDC 596 – Early Career Teacher Seminar (2 CH)

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • ESE 3XX – K-12 or 5-12 Methods (in the content area)*
  • One of EDC 481, EDC 482, or EDC 483
    • EDC 481 – Student Teaching: Initial License (12-14 weeks)
    • EDC 482 – Student Teaching: Endorsement
    • EDC 483 – Student Teaching: Initial License in PE, Music, Art, or ESL
  • ESE 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

*Field experience hours are required in these courses.

Undergraduate Content Area Requirements

The equivalent of a major in the licensure content area is required for K-12 and 5-12 licenses. Students who have majored in a field in which we offer licensure must have their previous coursework evaluated by the major department at Augsburg. Coursework must meet Minnesota licensure standards and have recorded a grade of C or better. Coursework older than seven years is judged on a case-by-case basis. If a student is missing requirements, specific undergraduate coursework will be required in order for the license to be attained.

MAT with a concentration in Special Education

48 Graduate Credit Hours / 70 Total Credit Hours

190 Field Experience Hours

The MAT in Special Education at Augsburg University corresponds with an Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS), K-12 teaching license. This program qualifies students to teach in special education programs and positions working with students with mild to moderate disabilities in the areas of emotional/behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disabilities, developmental and cognitive disabilities and other health disabilities. This program is built on an inclusive education model. Under this model, students learn how to work closely with both special and general educators to facilitate inclusion of special education students into the regular education classroom.

Program Requirements

  • EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)
  • EDC 522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting* (3 CH)
  • EDC 566 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians (3 CH)
  • EDC 533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting (3 CH)
  • EDC 544 – Learners with Special Needs* (3 CH)
  • EED 524 – Foundations of Literacy (3 CH)
  • EED 525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy* (3 CH)
  • EED 550 – K–6 Methods: Math* (3 CH)
  • EED 560 – K–6 Methods: Science* (3 CH)
  • SPE 510 – Implementing Assessment Strategies* (3 CH)
  • SPE 511 – Etiology and Theory of Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 CH)
  • SPE 515 – Theory to Practice* (3 CH)
  • SPE 525 – Transition and Community* (3 CH)
  • SPE 530 – Instructional and Behavioral Practices* (3 CH)
  • SPE 540 – Parent and Professional Planning (3 CH)
  • EDC 590 – Inquiry and Research in Education
  • EDC 596 – Early Career Teacher Seminar (2 CH)

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • MAT 137 – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • EDC 220 – Education Technology
  • EDC 330 and 332 – Building the Public Good: Public Achievement and Organizing
  • EDC 331 and 333 – Practicum in Public Achievement
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience* (taken concurrently with EED 325/525)
  • EDC 481 – Student Teaching: Initial License (12-14 weeks)
  • SPE 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

*Field experience required as part of this course.

MAT with a concentration in English as a Second Language (ESL)

36 Graduate Credit Hours / 66 Total Credit Hours

110 Field Experience Hours

The K-12 English as a Second Language license is available as an initial license or as a second license. This license qualifies teachers to work with K-12 students for whom English is a second language across a range of subject areas. A prerequisite to program admissions is two years of high school level or one year of college level language instruction.

Program Requirements

  • EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)
  • EDC 522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting* (3 CH)
  • EDC 566 – Diversity/MN American Indians (3 CH)
  • EDC 533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting (3 CH)
  • EDC 544 – Learners with Special Needs* (3 CH)
  • EED 525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy* (3 CH)
  • ESE 525 – Creating Learning Environments* (3 CH)
  • ESL 510 – History and Structure of the English Language (3 CH)
  • ESL 520 – ESL Literacy* (3 CH)
  • ESL 530 – Language, Culture, and Schools (3 CH)
  • ESL 540 – ESL Methods* (3 CH)
  • EDC 590 – Inquiry and Research in Education
  • EDC 596 – Seminar for New Teachers (2 CH)

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience (taken concurrently with EED 325/525)
  • ESL 310 – Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 320 – Introduction to Linguistics
  • ESL 410 – ESL Testing and Evaluation
  • EDC 483 – Student Teaching: Initial License in PE, Music, Art, or ESL
  • ESL 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

*This course has a field experience requirement.

Field Experience

An important part of preparing to be a teacher resides in meaningful experinces in the field. For courses with a field experience, you should plan on a minimum of 20 hours spent in a classroom or other relevant learning environment during the weekday. Most field experiences are intended to be completed in a classroom or grade level that corresponds with your licensure type (e.g. K-6 classrooms for an elementary license). If more than one course with field experience is taken in a given term, field experience requirements expand accordingly (i.e., two courses with 20 hours of field experience each require a total of 40 hours).

Graduate Elective Courses

Depending on the licensure area, students may be required to take one or two graduate elective courses. Other students may wish enroll in additional graduate coursework based on interest. MAT students may take any course offered at the 500 level in Education (EDC, ESE, EED, SPE) or Leadership (MAL) as a graduate elective.

Graduate students may also petition to enroll in coursework offered by any graduate program at Augsburg University as a graduate elective. In many cases, the Graduate Director of the program offering the elective will also need to approve registration. Students may alternatively petition to have graduate coursework taken at another institution be accepted in transfer.

Admission to MAT

Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the MAT licensure and degree programs must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited four-year institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. If a student fails to maintain a 3.0 Augsburg cumulative GPA, they may be dismissed from the graduate program. Students dismissed from the MAT program may still complete their license in the Adult Undergraduate program.

Application Checklist

The following items must be sent to the Augsburg Office of Admissions:

  • Completed application form – augsburg.edu/mae
  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Personal summary outlining your tentative educational objectives and reasons for wanting to attend Augsburg
  • Official academic transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions (including colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools, and PSEO institutions) sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Admission as an International Student

International applicants must submit the required application materials listed above. Refer to the additional requirements outlined in Admission of International Students.

Course Exceptions and Graduate Course Transfer Credit

Some coursework required for licensure may be met through a course exception granted upon admission to the program. Previous coursework taken at other universities is evaluated by the Department Chair during the admission process. Some content area courses for secondary education students are evaluated by the content area department. This degree audit may reveal that fewer courses are required for licensure. In some circumstances, additional courses may be required in a secondary content area. When graduate coursework is met with a course exception, additional graduate credits will only be required if the total graduate credit hours to be earned is less than 30 CH.

Graduate coursework accepted into the licensure program is not automatically accepted into the MAT degree program. Previous graduate coursework must have received a grade of B or better to be considered. See the graduate program director for approval to use graduate level transfer courses in the degree program. Students may transfer in no more than six (6) graduate credit hours from another institution.

Acceptance into the MAT Program

Application files are reviewed by the graduate program director. Applicants are notified of the admission decision by the Office of Admissions, usually within one to two weeks after the application file is complete. Applicants whose cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 2.5 can request an admission committee be formed by written petition to the Graduate Director.

Advising and Registration

Admitted students are able to participate in academic advising and the registration process. Typically, first-term registration occurs with intake advising. After the first term, students generally are able to register online through Records and Registration. All students are assigned an Education Department faculty advisor in the first semester of courses.

MAT in Rochester

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is also offered at our location in Rochester, MN. Rochester offers the MAT with concentrations in Elementary Education, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. Classes primarily meet weekday evenings and summer at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Academic Policies

Cumulative GPA Requirement

To complete the MAT program, students must maintain a 3.0 or better Augsburg cumulative GPA.

Dismissal from Licensure and Degree Program

Students may be dismissed from the MAT program for failure to maintain appropriate academic and teaching-based performance standards, for gross violation of University policy, and/or for conduct in violation of professional ethics. Dismissal occurs within the context of established department procedures described in the MAT/MAE Handbook. Students have the right to appeal dismissal from the program on the grounds of procedural error, using the University’s program dismissal appeals process. Information about the program dismissal appeals process is available in the Augsburg Student Guide. Students who fail to complete the MAT program may have the option to finish their graduate degree in the MAE program (without a license)

Readmission and Withdrawal

Students in good standing who fail to register for courses for two terms (not including summer) are automatically withdrawn from the MAT program. To be readmitted to the University and the MAT program, students file a Readmission form through the Registrar’s Office.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition, students in this program can expect to pay a data maintenance fee upon admission to the department, as well as liability insurance at the student rate during student teaching and the cost of a background check for licensure and, possibly, field experience. In addition, optional international travel courses have associated costs above and beyond the charge for tuition.

Licensure Tests

All teachers seeking licensure through Augsburg must take and pass all tests required by the state of Minnesota for licensure. These include tests in basic skills, pedagogy and content area knowledge.

Program Petition Process

A student may petition to amend program requirements by written petition to the Graduate Program Director. Please note that changes to state licensure requirements cannot be granted. Please consult the MAT handbook for information regarding the petition process.

Accreditation and Approvals

Augsburg University Teacher Education programs are approved by:

  • Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

Augsburg University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Credit

Most MAT graduate level courses are offered for 3 semester credits. Each course is comprised of 37.5 instructional hours with the expectation of about 75 hours of independent study outside of class.

Schedule of Classes

The majority of the education courses in the MAT programs are offered on weekday evenings. Courses typically meet face to face every other week with online instruction during the alternate weeks. A few education courses and many undergraduate content area courses are offered in a face to face, classroom based format, meeting weekly in the evenings. Summer session courses are offered primarily on weekday evenings. Summer courses are offered in a mix of formats from all online to all face-to-face.


Master of Arts in Education (MAE)

For those interested in developing their professional capacity, taking graduate coursework in educational studies, or obtaining a second teaching license, Augsburg University offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree. The Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program offers professional educators and community workers the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding in curriculum and pedagogy. Our program prepares educators to serve students effectively and to nurture healthy change within schools, school systems and society.

Program Requirements

30-31 Graduate Credit Hours

Requirements vary depending on student interest and whether a second teaching license is being added. See the MAE Program Director for details. All students enroll in the Graduate Proseminar (EDC 501) during their first term. Only graduate level coursework (500 level) applies to the graduate degree.

MAE with a concentration in Educational Studies

For students not seeking a teaching license, courses are selected in consultation with the MAE Director based on student interest. Some coursework may be elective coursework offered by other graduate programs at Augsburg.

EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)

29-30 Additional Graduate Credits. Up to nine (9 CHs) can be taken as electives from other graduate programs at Augsburg.

MAE with a concentration in English as a Second Language (Second License)

For students seeking a second license in English as a Second Language, required licensure courses are determined based on a transcript evaluation upon acceptance into the program. Additional courses at the undergraduate level may be required to satisfy state licensure requirements. Additional coursework is selected in consultation with the MAE Director.

110 Field Experience Hours

  • EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)
  • EDC 522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting* (3 CH)
  • EDC 566 – Diversity/MN American Indians (3 CH)
  • EDC 533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting (3 CH)
  • EDC 544 – Learners with Special Needs* (3 CH)
  • EED 525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy* (3 CH)
  • ESE 525 – Creating Learning Environments* (3 CH)
  • ESL 510 – History and Structure of the English Language (3 CH)
  • ESL 520 – ESL Literacy* (3 CH)
  • ESL 530 – Language, Culture, and Schools (3 CH)
  • ESL 540 – ESL Methods* (3 CH)

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience (taken concurrently with EED 325/525)
  • ESL 310 – Second Language Acquisition
  • ESL 320 – Introduction to Linguistics
  • ESL 410 – ESL Testing and Evaluation

*This course has a field experience requirement.

MAE with a concentration in Special Education (Second license)

For students seeking a second license in Special Education (ABS license), required licensure courses are determined based on a transcript evaluation upon acceptance into the program. Additional courses at the undergraduate level may be required to satisfy state licensure requirements. Additional coursework is selected in consultation with the MAE Director.

190 Field Experience Hours

  • EDC 501 – Graduate Proseminar (1 CH)
  • EDC 522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting* (3 CH)
  • EDC 566 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians (3 CH)
  • EDC 533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting (3 CH)
  • EDC 544 – Learners with Special Needs* (3 CH)
  • EED 524 – Foundations of Literacy (3 CH)
  • EED 525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy* (3 CH)
  • EED 550 – K–6 Methods: Math* (3 CH)
  • EED 560 – K–6 Methods: Science* (3 CH)
  • SPE 510 – Implementing Assessment Strategies* (3 CH)
  • SPE 511 – Etiology and Theory of Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 CH)
  • SPE 515 – Theory to Practice* (3 CH)
  • SPE 525 – Transition and Community* (3 CH)
  • SPE 530 – Instructional and Behavioral Practices* (3 CH)
  • SPE 540 – Parent and Professional Planning (3 CH)

To complete the license, students also will need to complete the following requirements at the undergraduate level:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • MAT 137 – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • EDC 220 – Education Technology
  • EDC 330 and 332 – Building the Public Good: Public Achievement and Organizing
  • EDC 331 and 333 – Practicum in Public Achievement
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience* (taken concurrently with EED 325/525)

*Field experience required as part of this course.

Field Experience

Some education coursework requires field experience. Courses with field experience contain a minimum requirement of 20 hours spent in a classroom or other relevant learning environment. If you are a teacher seeking a second license, you may be able to complete your field experience in your own classroom. If more than one course with field experience is taken in a given term, field experience requirements expand accordingly (i.e., two courses with 20 hours of field experience each require a total of 40 hours).

Students who are not seeking a second license may be able to petition to waive or modify the field experience requirement in a course to better suit the needs and interest of the student.

Elective Coursework

Education Graduate Students may take any course offered at the 500 level in Education (EDC, ESE, EED, SPE) or Leadership (MAL) as a graduate elective.

Graduate students may also petition to enroll in coursework offered by any graduate program at Augsburg University as a graduate elective. In many cases, the Graduate Director of the program offering the elective will also need to approve registration. Students may alternatively petition to have graduate coursework taken at another institution be accepted in transfer.

Admission to MAE

Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the MAE programs must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited four-year institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Admitted applicants with a 3.0 or higher GPA are granted full admission to the program. Admitted applicants with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5-2.99 are granted a provisional admission to the graduate program. If a student admitted provisionally fails to maintain a 3.0 Augsburg cumulative GPA over their first two terms, they may be dismissed from the graduate program.

Application Checklist

The following items must be sent to the Augsburg Office of Admissions:

  • Completed application form – augsburg.edu/mae
  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Personal summary outlining your tentative educational objectives and reasons for wanting to attend Augsburg
  • Official academic transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions (including colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools, and PSEO institutions) sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Admission as an International Student

International applicants must submit the required application materials listed above. Refer to the additional requirements outlined in Admission of International Students.

Course Exceptions and Graduate Course Transfer Credit

Some coursework required for licensure may be met through a course exception granted upon admission to the program. Previous coursework taken at other universities is evaluated by the Department Chair during the admission process. Some content area courses for secondary education students are evaluated by the content area department. This degree audit may reveal that fewer courses are required for licensure. In some circumstances, additional courses may be required in a secondary content area. Should a graduate level course be met through course exception, those graduate credit hours may need to be made up through the use of a graduate elective.

Graduate coursework accepted into the licensure program is not automatically accepted into the MAE degree program. Previous graduate coursework must have received a grade of B or better to be considered. See the graduate program director for approval to use graduate level transfer courses in the degree program. Students may transfer in no more than six (6) graduate credit hours from another institution.

Acceptance into the MAE Program

Application files are reviewed by the graduate program director. Applicants are notified of the admission decision by the Office of Admissions, usually within one to two weeks after the application file is complete. Applicants whose cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 2.5 can request an admission committee be formed by written petition to the Graduate Director.

MAE in Rochester

The Master of Arts in Education program is also offered at our campus in Rochester, MN. Classes primarily meet weekday evenings and summer at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Academic Policies

Cumulative GPA Requirement

To complete the MAT program, students must maintain a 3.0 or better Augsburg cumulative GPA.

Dismissal from Licensure and Degree Program

Students may be dismissed from the MAT program prior to and during student teaching for failure to maintain appropriate academic and teaching-based performance standards, for gross violation of University policy, and/or for conduct in violation of professional ethics. Dismissal occurs within the context of established department procedures described in the MAT/MAE Handbook. Students have the right to appeal dismissal from the program on the grounds of procedural error, using the University’s program dismissal appeals process. Information about the program dismissal appeals process is available in the Augsburg Student Guide. Students who fail to complete the MAT program may have the option to finish their graduate degree in the MAE program (without a license)

Readmission and Withdrawal

Students in good standing who fail to register for courses for two terms (not including summer) are automatically withdrawn from the MAT program. To be readmitted to the University and the MAT program, students file a Readmission form through the Registrar’s Office.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition, students in this program can expect to pay a data maintenance fee upon admission to the department, as well as liability insurance at the student rate during student teaching and the cost of a background check for licensure and, possibly, field experience. In addition, optional international travel courses have associated costs above and beyond the charge for tuition.

Licensure Tests

Students seeking a second license through Augsburg must take and pass all tests required by the state of Minnesota for licensure. These include tests in pedagogy and content area knowledge.

Program Petition Process

A student may petition to amend program requirements by written petition to the Graduate Program Director. Please note that changes to state licensure requirements cannot be granted. Please consult the MAT/MAE handbook for information regarding the petition process.

Accreditation and Approvals

Augsburg University Teacher Education programs are approved by:

  • Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

Augsburg University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Credit

Most MAE graduate level courses are offered for 3 semester credits. Each course is comprised of 37.5 instructional hours with the expectation of about 75 hours of independent study outside of class.

Schedule of Classes

The majority of the education courses in the MAE program are offered on weekday evenings. Courses typically meet face to face every other week with online instruction during the alternate weeks. A few education courses and many undergraduate content area courses are offered in a face to face, classroom based format, meeting weekly in the evenings. Summer session courses are offered primarily on weekday evenings. Summer courses are offered in a mix of formats from all online to all face-to-face.