May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Individualized MAT

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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.
  • Persons who hold teacher certification at either the elementary or secondary level and seek certification at the other level.
  • Persons who hold a teaching certificate and want to strengthen or add a specific subject area endorsement.

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.

Program Delivery: This program is offered on campus and as a synchronous, interactive online program. Most courses are offered to students in-person and online simultaneously (see School of Distance Education  definitions). Online students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

Total Credits - 32

NOTE: 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 credits to qualify for a teaching certificate. Course requirements for persons seeking their first teaching certificate vary slightly from those who already have a teaching certificate.

Content Area Specialization - 17-20

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.

Admission Requirements


  • An undergraduate degree with a major and/or a minor(s) in teaching area(s).
  • 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.

Program Procedures

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) optional. 
  • Apply for admission to the Andrews University College of Education & International Services.
  • 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.
  • 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 508  (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. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Explain worldviews and trace their historical development.
  • Critique worldviews from a Christian perspective.
  • Integrate principles of a Christian worldview into their chosen fields of study.
  • Describe human development.
  • Apply current theories of learning.
  • Facilitate change in groups and organizations.
  • Relate effectively with various cultural, racial and special interest groups.
  • Identify political and legal issues.
  • Manage human, financial and material resources.
  • Demonstrate servant leadership.
  • Communicate effectively in written, verbal, and non-verbal forms.
  • Use electronic tools effectively for professional communication, teaching and research.
  • Read and evaluate research.
  • Conduct research.
  • Report research findings.
  • Demonstrate continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in all professional activities.
  • Demonstrate balanced physical, mental, spiritual and social development.

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