May 23, 2024  

Individualized MAT

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Total Credits: 32**

* Students who enter the MAT program without teacher certification must qualify for a teaching certificate to complete the degree.

Required Courses

Educational Foundations - 3 Credits

Professional Education Core - 9-12 Credits

Specialization and Electives — 17–20

Content Area Specialization

Students select courses in consultation with a content area advisor. Students should note the specific subject area requirements in the appropriate section of this bulletin. Requirements vary. Students seeking a subject endorsement must complete the equivalent of a minor in that area.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

This flexible, professional degree program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of individuals. Typical MAT students belong to one of the following categories:

Persons who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are now seeking teacher certification at the elementary or secondary level

  1. Persons who hold teacher certification at either the elementary or secondary level and seek certification at the other level.
  2. Persons who hold a teaching certificate and want to strengthen or add a specific subject area endorsement.
  3. Candidates for the MAT degree must hold or qualify for a Seventh-day Adventist or State of Michigan teaching certificate or its equivalent before the degree can be granted. The 32 credits listed for the completion of this degree represent the minimum number of hours required for the MAT. Persons who enter the MAT program without a teaching certificate should expect to complete more than 32 credits. The Certification Registrar evaluates transcripts and identifies specific certification requirements for each student needing certification.

Three specialization options are available in the MAT program:

  • An elementary education emphasis
  • A secondary education emphasis
  • A specific content area emphasis - (permission of the TLC department required)

MAT Prerequisites

  1. An undergraduate degree with a major and/or a minor(s) in teaching area(s).
  2. MAT students are required to meet the same requirements for a content major/minor as
    undergraduate students. If these requirements have not been met, they will need to be
    completed as soon as possible. Graduate level education courses may be taken
    concurrently; however any undergraduate requirements will need to be met before student
    teaching can be done.

MAT Program Procedures

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) gereral exam scores.  Note: MAT students may receive provisional acceptance without GRE scores, but will need to complete the exam within four months of course enrollment.
  • Apply for admission to the Andrews University School of Education
  • Request evaluation of transcripts by the Certification Registrar
  • Develop a course plan in collaboration with advisor
  • Take initial classes during the first semester
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Take the Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) section of the MTTC during first semester 
  • Students transferring in a major and/or minor must pass the relevant MTTC Subject Exams during their first semester of enrollment
  • Apply for admission to the teacher preparation program and student teaching candidacy during EDTE 408  (see here )*
  • Continue course work
  • Take the Subject Area section(s) of the MTTC 
  • Complete course work, including EDTE 588  & EDCI 696 .
  • Apply for teaching certificate .
  • Students should apply for Advancement to Candidacy at the time they begin First Days of School Experience or the summer prior to Student Teaching.

Field Work and Comprehensive Examinations. Field work and comprehensive examinations may be required at the discretion of the subject specialization advisor and/or the professional education advisor. 


*Course requirements for persons seeking their first teaching certificate vary slightly from those who already have a teaching certificate.

**A minimum of 12 credits must be 500-level or higher. Students who enter the MAT program without a teaching certificate typically must complete more than 32 to qualify for a teaching certificate.

***On the graduate level GDPC 525 replaces EDTE 228.


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