Master of Arts in Teaching


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Elementary Education program is designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field outside of education and who wish to become certified teachers in grades kindergarten through six. It is a full time, 4- semester program with new cohorts beginning each Fall semester. Students may also be admitted in the spring or summer semesters.

Program Highlights

Features of the Program


Students complete coursework in content areas, and writing;  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction; instructional planning creating a productive and community-focused  learning environment;  and assessment. Courses are held during the day so that they may include experiences in elementary schools. Some courses may be taken online. 

The special requirements for ESOL endorsement through infusion are successful completion of the following: 

Please take a look at this article describing the integrated summer course experience


Field experiences are designed to facilitate theory to practice connections and include experiences within specific courses, a one-semester part-time practicum, and a one-semester full-time internship. In most cases, students  will complete a field experiences in both a primary grade (k-2) and intermediate grade (3-5) classroom at two different school settings. The Elementary MAT program partners with three public schools in Hillsborough County.

With a focus on quality clinical experience and the need to maintain compliance with stringent state mandates governing these experiences, our students must conduct their practicum and final internship within our designated service area.