Become a licensed teacher and have a direct, positive impact on young learners. Trinity’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares you to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states. As an educator, you have the opportunity to initiate change by empowering students and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

In the MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized courses in your program area and a core curriculum that combines the knowledge, skills, and experiences to help you meet the needs of all learners. In the final semester, each program includes a student teaching internship and an advanced seminar in teaching. The program can be completed on a full-time or part time basis except during the student teaching experience at the end of the course of study, which by its nature must be done full-time.

Trinity’s MAT programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator (CAEP) and approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

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Degree Type: M.A.T.
School: School of Education
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Become a licensed teacher and have a direct, positive impact on young learners. Trinity’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares you to meet D.C.’s certification requirements, which are reciprocal with most states. As an educator, you have the opportunity to initiate change by empowering students and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

In the MAT program, you’ll prepare for certification through specialized courses in your program area and a core curriculum that combines the knowledge, skills, and experiences to help you meet the needs of all learners. In the final semester, each program includes a student teaching internship and an advanced seminar in teaching. The program can be completed on a full-time or part time basis except during the student teaching experience at the end of the course of study, which by its nature must be done full-time.

Trinity’s MAT programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator (CAEP) and approved by the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Choose from Four Program Areas or Dual Licensure

Early Childhood Education

Prepare to become a certified as an early childhood teacher, helping children pre-kindergarten to third grade realize and expand their opportunities in life from an early age. You’ll graduate with confidence in your skills as a teacher and with certainty in your breadth of knowledge about young learners.

You’ll take these specialized early childhood education courses in addition to the core MAT curriculum.

EDTE 610 Early Childhood Development in Family and Culture
EDTE 611 Literacy Development Across the Curriculum
EDTE 613 Developing Concepts in Early Childhood Mathematics and Science
EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers

Elementary Education

Prepare to become a certified elementary school teacher empowering children grades 1-6. As an elementary educator, you will have the opportunity to initiate change in young learners and their families.

You’ll take these specialized elementary education courses in addition to the core MAT curriculum.

EDTE 621 Teaching for Mathematical Inquiry
EDTE 622 Teaching for Scientific Inquiry
EDTE 624 Children's Literature
EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers

Secondary Education

Prepare to become a certified secondary teacher in upper-middle and high school. This program prepares you to teach in the secondary education content area of your choice in grades 7-12. Learn how to have a direct, positive impact on teenagers by empowering them as learners and helping them strengthen their families and communities through education.

You’ll take these specialized secondary education courses in addition to the core MAT curriculum:

EDCI 650 Global and Ethical Perspectives
EDTE 641 Adolescent Culture in Literature
EDTE 642 Teaching Reading in the Content Area
EDTE 640 Principles and Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School

Special Education

Prepare to become a certified special education teacher, empowering learners with disabilities and exceptionalities in grades K-12.

Learn and practice the art of teaching in local schools to effectively work with special needs students in a range of special education settings.

You’ll take these specialized special education courses in addition to the core MAT curriculum:

EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers
EDTE 629 Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
EDTE 630 Human Relations and Career Education in Special Education
EDTE 634 Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities

Dual Licensure: Inclusive Education

As an alternative to its special education program, Trinity offers the first and only program in the District of Columbia allowing students to earn licensure in their primary program area AND special education. This option requires candidates to take four courses in special education in addition to their course sequence in their primary program area.

At Trinity we believe that all educators should be prepared to work with students with disabilities. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach students with and without disabilities in inclusive settings.

More Options: Related Degree Programs

Prepare for teacher licensure in DC and most states, with programs in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education.

Core Courses

Whichever program you choose, the Master of Arts degree includes core curriculum including:

EDCC 510 Human Growth and Development
EDCC 530 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth
EDCC 541 Foundations of Education and the Art of Teaching and Learning
EDCC 542 Positive Approaches to Teaching Students with Challenging Behavior

Accreditation

Approved by the DC State Education Agency, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and meets requirements for state certification.

Accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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