Middle School Education (MAT)

School of Education

Program Description

Webster's MAT in Middle middle School school education degree program provides a strong foundation in content know-ledge, early adolescent development, and contemporary research supporting best practices. This degree emphasizes the principles and practices of inquiry based learning, differentiated instruction, and culturally responsive teaching.

This graduate degree program is designed to lead to initial Missouri Teacher Certification in Middle School Education.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

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Learning Outcomes

The goals of the MAT in middle school education are to cultivate graduates who are:

1. Knowledgeable Learners
Candidates in the middle school MAT will:

a. understand, demonstrate, and apply in-depth knowledge of their chosen discipline(s).
b. embrace the synergy of collaborative learning.
c. understand how to guide students through a period of significant developmental change.

2. Informed Instructors
Candidates in the middle school MAT will:

a. develop curriculum and assessments based on the best educational theory, practice, research, national, state, and content standards.
b. motivate students to learn by implementing instruction based on the developmental needs of young adolescents.
c. Apply the best academic, social, and technological tools to address the needs of the 21st century learner.

3.  Reflective Collaborators
Candidates in the middle school MAT will:

a. demonstrate collaborative skills in working with colleagues, students, and families in schools and communities to support student learning.

4.  Responsive Educators
Candidates in the middle school MAT will:

a. recognize, appreciate, and respond to the needs of diverse learners based on theory and research of developmental sciences.
b. create a positive, productive learning community that responds to the needs of  individual learners.
c. celebrate and integrate the talents and cultures of each student.

Policies & Procedures

The candidate should consult the Academic Policies section of the catalog for Webster University policies regarding course attendance; conduct; grades; academic warning, probation, and dismissal; transcripts; and diploma. Procedures for registration and drop, add, and withdrawal from a course are outlined in the Enrollment section of this catalog.


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Requirements for Missouri Initial Teacher Certification in Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)

Students must contact the Teacher Certification Officer in the School of Education for a transcript evaluation and information regarding teacher certification. Successful completion of a teacher work sample (TWS) is required prior to a recommendation for an initial teacher certification from the university to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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Program Curriculum

To achieve Missouri state certification in middle school education, students are required to take more than 33 credit hours (plus 10 credit hours of apprentice teaching) and should consult with the Teacher Certification Officer in the School of Education to complete a transcript evaluation. This is necessary to identify the exact number of credit hours that an MAT candidate will require to complete certification with the degree.

Students must pass the Praxis Exam before Apprentice Teaching.

Note: students are advised that the full initial certification in middle school (grades 5-9) may require more than the listed hours required for the MAT degree program, alone.

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Degree Requirements

The following courses are required for the MAT degree in Middle School Education.

The following courses must be taken while in-residence at Webster University.


  • CMAT 5000 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5700 Middle School History and Philosophy (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5760 Middle School Curriculum & Instruction (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5015 Differentiated Instruction and Assessment. (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5170 Behavior Management (3 hours)
  • COMM 5920 Teaching Reading in the Content Field (3 hours)
  • COMM 5199 Teaching Writing (3 hours) EPSY 5370 Counseling
    or EPSY 5290 Family Counseling (3 hours)

Clinical Experiences

  • CMAT 5092 Middle School Practicum (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5093 Apprentice Teaching Middle School (9 hours)
  • CMAT 5096 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)

In each of the three curricular areas below, one course must be taken in residence and will count toward the degree.

Developmental Psychology

  • SPED 5860 Psychology of the Exceptional Student (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5540 Psychology of Early Adolescence (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5130 Educational Psychology (3 hours)

Content Methods – (Appropriate for chosen discipline) (3 hours)

  • EDUC 4575 Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies (3 hours)
  • COMM 5440 Integrated Language Arts Methods (3 hours)
  • MTHT 4450 Middle School Math Methods (3 hours)
  • SCIC 5010 Contemporary Strategies for Elementary & Middle School Science
    or EDUC 4580 Methods for Teaching Elementary Science (3 hours)
  • COMM 5840 Reading & Writing as Cognitive Processes (2-3 hours)

Total: 43 hours

All of the above courses are required to complete the requirements for initial Missouri teacher certification in the Middle School Education program.

The following additional certification requirements are required to complete the certification program.

  • COMM 5820 Foundations in Reading (3 hours)
  • EDTC 5010 Classroom Technology (3 hours)

Students will choose one of the following content areas (minimum GPA in content area =3.0).

Language Arts: minimum 21 hours

  • 3 hours of Composition (COMM 5280, COMM 5347)
  • 6 hours of American Literature (COMM 5391, COMM 5392, COMM 5393)
  • 6 hours of American Literature (COMM 5391, COMM 5392, COMM 5393)
  • 3 hours Introduction to Linguistics (COMM 5344) or Historical Linguistics (COMM 5030)
  • 3 hours Young Adult Literature (COMM 5020)

 Mathematics: minimum 21 hours

  • 4-5 hours Calculus I (MATH 1610)
  • 4-5 hours Calculus II (MATH 1620)
  • 11 - 13 hours from the following:
    • MTHC 5100 Functions & Structures (3 hours)
    • MTHC 5110 Perspective in Elem Geometry (3 hours)
    • MTHC 5040 Number Theory (3 hours)
    • MTHC 5150 Number Systems (3 hours)
    • MTHC 5080 Puzzles & Proofs (3 hours)
    • MTHC 5130 Probability & Graphs (3 hours)
    • MTHC 5120 Topics for Middle School Teacher (3 hours)

Science: minimum 21 hours

  • Biology with lab
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab or Physical Science with lab
  • Astronomy
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Geology
  • Meteorology

Social Studies: minimum 24 hours

  • 3 hours of Economics (SOCS 5250)
  • 3 hours of Geography (SOCS 5260)
  • 3 hours American Government (SOCS 5690)
  • 6 hours American History (to include 18th, 19th, 20th Century)(SOCS 5270, SOCS 5750)
  • 6 hours World/European History (SOCS 5030, SOCS 5040, SOCS 5280, SOCS 5430)
  • 3 hours Young Adult Literature (COMM 5020)

Application and Eligibility to CMAT 5092, Middle School Practicum

Registration in CMAT 5092 Middle School Practicum must be approved by the student's advisor by designated date one semester prior to when practicum is taken.  Please see postings outside the School of Education Office or website, for specific deadlines. No late applications will be accepted. B or better is required for the practicum. [http://www.webster.edu/education/students/resources.shtml].

Application to CMAT 5093, Apprentice Teaching: Middle School

Successful completion of CMAT 5092 Apprentice Teaching: Middle School is required to meet the graduation requirements of the MAT in elementary education.

Application and registration in CMAT 5092 must be approved in writing by the student's advisor early in the semester prior to practicum taking place.  Please see postings outside the School of Education Office or on the website for specific deadlines. Students who are full-time paraprofessionals or teachers in an approved educational setting may be eligible to earn credit for Apprentice Teaching through an assessment process.

Eligibility requirements for acceptance to CMAT 5093, Apprentice Teaching:  Middle School

1) Students must have successfully completed all required courses for initial teacher certification in middle school.

2) Students must have successfully completed CMAT 5092 Middle School Practicum with a B or better

3) Students must have passed the Praxis Exam.  Praxis #0049 Middle School-Language Arts,  #0069, Middle School-Math, #0439 Middle School-Science, #0089 Middle School-Social Studies with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score prior to registration in CMAT 5092, Apprentice Teaching: Middle School. Students are limited to no more than two opportunities to pass the Praxis.  Please also see www.ets.org for any Praxis Exam updates.

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tudents who are interested in applying to this degree program should also see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements for the University

  • Receipt of official transcript from the baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • B- or better in college-level mathematics.
  • B- or better in college-level composition.

Send all required documents to the following address:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the School of Education Graduate Initial Teacher Certification Committee

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Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) represents a significant milestone in a candidate's academic career. Candidates who successfully advance to candidacy have demonstrated mastery of program standards and may continue enrolling in courses to complete their major.

Advancement to Candidacy occurs upon completion of:

  1. Complete 12 hours of graduate credit with grades of B or better (including CMAT 5000).
  2. Acceptance into the Teacher Certification program (contact the School of Education Teacher Certification Office for more information).
  3. Candidates must remain in good academic standing and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Candidates will be restricted from registering in further coursework, until advanced to candidacy. Candidates must complete the ATC form and submit it to the appropriate Department Representative. Please refer to the Advancement to Candidacy section in this catalog for specific guidelines and/or see your advisor.

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