Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an Emphasis in Middle School Education

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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This program is offered by the School of Education and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The master of arts in teaching (MAT) program provides candidates with a strong knowledge base of content, child and adolescent development and current research that supports best practices in education. This program is centered around contemporary design-based research principles with a focus on how students learn within inquiry-based environments. 

This graduate degree program is designed to provide the foundation for teacher preparation leading to Missouri initial teacher certification in the following emphasis areas: elementary education, middle school education, secondary school education, or special education.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Knowledgable of the history of middle school education, characteristics of students in early adolescence and principles and foundations underlying best practices.
  • Proficient in designing, adapting and modifying effective assessment plans, instructional strategies and curricula and/or intervention plans based on current research regarding cognitive, social and emotional development of students in early adolescence. 
  • Reflective about their roles as educators to improve learning outcomes, and who collaborate with families and other members of the community to advocate for inclusive and equitable educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Capable of recognizing, valuing and responding to the unique individual abilities and differences of students in early adolescence. 

Emphasis in Middle School Education

The emphasis in middle school education is designed to prepare candidates to meet Missouri initial teacher certification requirements in one of the following areas:

  • Language Arts (5-9)
  • Mathematics (5-9)
  • Science (5-9)
  • Social Science (5-9)

Required Coursework

The following 28 hours of courses and 14 hours of field experiences are required to earn the MAT with an emphasis in middle school education. Students are advised that Missouri initial teacher certification may require more hours than are listed for the MAT degree. Students must consult an advisor in order to obtain a personalized program of study.


  • CMAT 5000 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5700 Middle School History and Philosophy (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5760 Middle School Curriculum and Instruction (3 hours)
  • CMAT 5015 Differentiated Instruction and Assessment (3 hours)
  • Appropriate Educational Technology Course (1 hour)


  • CMAT 5170 Classroom and Behavioral Management (3 hours)
  • COMM 5920 Reading and Writing in the Content Field (3 hours)
  • COMM 5199 Teaching Writing (3 hours)
  • COMM 5905 Reading Assessments and Interventions Grades 6-12 (3 hours)

Content Methods (3 hours)
(Based on certification content area)

  • COMM 5540 Methods of Teaching Middle School and Secondary English (3 hours)
  • MTHT 4450 Middle-School Mathematics Methods (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4585 Methods for Teaching Middle School Science (3 hours)
  • EDUC 4115 Middle School Social Studies Methods (3 hours)

Clinical Experience


  • CMAT 5001 Introductory Teaching Practicum (1 hour)
  • CMAT 5100 Practicum: Middle School Language Arts (3 hours)
    or CMAT 5101 Practicum: Middle School Mathematics (3 hours)
    or CMAT 5102 Practicum: Middle School Science (3 hours)
    or CMAT 5103 Practicum: Middle School Social Science (3 hours)

Apprentice Teaching

  • CMAT 5200 Apprentice Teaching: Middle School Language Arts (9 hours)
    or CMAT 5201 Apprentice Teaching: Middle School Mathematics (9 hours)
    or CMAT 5202 Apprentice Teaching: Middle School Science (9 hours)
    or CMAT 5203 Apprentice Teaching: Middle School Social Science (9 hours)
  • CMAT 5096 Apprentice Teaching Seminar (1 hour)

Total: 42 credit hours

Other Certification Requirements

  • CMAT 5505 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 hours)
  • SPED 5860 Psychology of the Exceptional Student (3 hours)
  • Content area courses as required for initial state certification (to be determined in consultation with advisor)

Content Areas

Students choose one of the following content areas in which to seek Missouri initial teacher certification. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their content area in order to be recommended for certification.

Language Arts (24 hours)

  • 3 hours of Composition
  • 6 hours of American Literature
  • 6 hours of World Literature
  • 3 hours of Modern Grammar
  • 3 hours of Oral/Interpersonal Communication
  • 3 hours of Young Adult Literature

Mathematics (24 hours)

  • 4-5 hours Calculus I (MATH 1610)
  • 4-5 hours Calculus II (MATH 1620)
  • 11-13 hours from the following: (to be determined in consultation with advisor)
    • Statistics
    • Geometry
    • Discrete Mathematics

Science (24 hours)

  • 4-5 hours of Biology with lab
  • 4-5 hours of Chemistry with lab
  • 4-5 hours of Physics with lab or Physical Science with lab
  • 9-12 hours of coursework addressing:
    • Astronomy
    • Environmental Science
    • Physical Geology
    • Meteorology

Social Science (24 hours)

  • 3 hours of Economics
  • 3 hours of Geography
  • 3 hours of American Government
  • 6 hours of American History (to include 18th, 19th, 20th Century)
  • 6 hours of World/European History
  • 3 hours of Young Adult Literature

All of the above courses are required to complete the requirements for Missouri initial teacher certification in the middle school education program.


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

Admission Requirements

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

Send all admissions materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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. In the case of the MAT, ATC means that a student is formally enrolled in the initial teacher certification program.

Advancement to Candidacy occurs provided that a student:

  1. Completes 15 hours of graduate credit with grades of B or better (including CMAT 5000).
  2. Completes Passport 1.
  3. Is accepted into the Teacher Certification program (contact the School of Education Teacher Certification Office for more information).
  4. Remains in good academic standing and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

After 15 hours of graduate credit, candidates will be restricted from registering in further coursework until advanced to candidacy.

Requirements for Missouri Initial Teacher Certification

Students must make available official academic transcripts to the Coordinator of Teacher Certification in the School of Education in order to complete an evaluation of coursework. Based on this transcript evaluation, the Coordinator of Teacher Certification will identify the exact number of credit hours that an MAT candidate will require to complete initial teacher certification with respect to Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements. Prior coursework, such as transfer courses and content area courses, will be identified from the students' transcripts. Using this evaluation, an academic advisor, in conjunction with the Coordinator of Teacher Certification, will prepare a personalized program of study for the student. Students may be required to take more than the required coursework listed for the emphasis area. 

Background Checks

Students are required to obtain various annual background checks prior to field experiences. The state requires current fingerprint clearance prior to issuing the teaching certificate.

State Assessments

To obtain a teaching licensure in Missouri, students are required to complete a number of state assessments. State required assessments are administered by designated agencies, and students are required to pay all associated fees. All state assessments are administered in a digital format. Students must pass the state-required Missouri Content Assessment before Apprentice Teaching Orientation.

Application and Eligibility to Practicum

Application and registration in Practicum must be approved by the student's advisor by September 15 for Spring placement and by February 15 for Fall placement. No late applications will be accepted. A grade of B or higher is required for successful completion of the practicum. 

Application to Apprentice Teaching

Successful completion of Apprentice Teaching is required to meet the graduation requirements of the emphasis area. Application and registration in Apprentice Teaching and CMAT 5096 Apprentice Teaching Seminar must be approved by the student's advisor and the Office of Field Experience by September 15 for Spring placement and by February 15 for Fall placement. No late applications will be accepted. 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 Apprentice Teaching:

  1. Students must have successfully completed all required courses for Missouri initial teacher certification in their chosen emphasis and content area.
  2. Students must have successfully completed Practicum with a grade of B or higher.
  3. Students must have passed the state required content area exam with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score prior to registration in Apprentice Teaching. Students should talk to their advisor or the teacher certification professionals at Webster University in order to understand how DESE changes are accommodated in their personalized program of study.