US Teacher Shortage 60K extra teachers were needed nationwide during the 2015-2016 academic year
Designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree and interest in a teaching license, the Master's in Teaching (MAT) program:
- offers an
online and on-campus option with the Elementary Education track, in addition to on-campus options with three tracks in Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education, and ESOL
- does not require previous training or experience in education
- offers Scholarships & Partnerships including City Year / AISGW, Career Switcher, and TEACH Grants
- is CAEP-recognized, the highest standard of accreditation
- prepares graduates in 5 semesters for direct entry into positions as classroom teachers and related careers
- provides a strong network within DC-Maryland-Virginia (over 50 area schools offer placements for our students) and further networking with our MAT grads teaching in schools nationwide
- maintains a 100% placement rate after graduation
I wanted to be a part of work that [was] making a positive impact in the world.
Director for the MAT program, Dr. Parker comes to AU from Johns Hopkins University, where she taught in their School of Education. At AU, she is developing new curricula that focuses on STEM education and address educational equity in K12 schools. Her work appears in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, and Cultural Studies in Science Education.
Meet the teaching program Faculty & Staff.
I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2015 right before moving to Washington D.C. Since moving here, I’ve worked on Capitol Hill and with City Year before coming to American University where I am pursuing an MAT in Elementary Education. I am now a 6th grade Earth & Space Science teacher at John Hayden Johnson Middle School; I enjoy the opportunity presented to me everyday to help shape and mold the young minds of tomorrow.
My passion for education stems from the fact that both of my parents are retired educators. The stories that I listened to growing up put a vision in my mind for a utopian education system. My interest in becoming a teacher was based on my belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Seeing young people become a contribution to their community, country, and ultimately the world is one of the fundamental reasons that I chose to become a teacher.
See what MAT alums, faculty, and students say sets this program apart.
To receive financial aid students must take at least a part-time class schedule, which consists of 6 credits (2 classes) in the Fall and Spring semester, and 3 credits (1 class) in the Summer semester.
Yes! Many students continue to teach full-time throughout their MAT program. Students employed as full-time teachers in their area of certification can use their job to fulfill the practicum and student teaching requirements.
Practicum takes place in the second-to-last semester of the MAT program, and student teaching takes place the semester after practicum. Depending on your planned graduation date, this could be either the fall or the spring semester.
It may be possible to maintain employment during the teaching practicum, which requires two weekdays of your time. Student teaching is a full-time commitment for 14 weeks. Many of our student teachers will continue at a school in a long-term substitute position until the summer.
The MAT program offers a Spring, Summer, and Fall start. The classes are conveniently offered in the evening, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday.
Online Elementary Education courses are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 p.m.- 9:20 p.m.
Students with over a 3.0 GPA can waive their Praxis CORE scores during the admissions process.
Students with under a 3.0 GPA will need to provide Praxis CORE scores or one of the authorized test substitutions. Click here for a list of the test substitutions and eligible test scores.
**If a substituted test is used, the student is still required to take the Praxis Writing exam. You can register here.