The Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program was initiated in 1965. It was originally designed for graduates of liberal arts colleges who had little or no teaching experience and no prior academic study of education, while Masters of Professional Studies in Education (MPS) programs were originally aimed at those whose careers in education were already underway.
Now, most current programs are equally well suited to those with prior study of education and/or teaching experience. Programs stress the integration of educational research, philosophy and psychology with pedagogical training and practical teaching experience, to prepare ethically and socially responsible, caring and competent teachers.
It is expected that degree candidates enter the program with the appropriate liberal arts background essentially completed. Completion of a Masters program can lead to both a Masters degree and state teaching certification.
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