Master of Arts in Teaching Program
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Five-Semester MAT Degree in Elementary Education

Quinnipiac's elementary education curriculum is an intensive five-semester program of study consisting of core certification courses that provide eligibility for teacher certification, advanced course work in literacy, numeracy and pedagogy to satisfy master's degree requirements, and a unique internship experience which provides pre-service teacher candidates the opportunity to learn about schools, students and teaching.

Applicants are accepted for admission to the fall semester only and are expected to enroll as full-time graduate students. To ensure admission into the program with a placement in an internship, applicants should complete the application process early. It is recommended that applicants complete the application process for graduate admission by the priority deadline of June 1 before the anticipated fall enrollment. For the Fall of 2014, the application process has been extended until July 1 but applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

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ED 525

Diversity in the Classroom

ED 532

Child Development and Psychological Theories


ED 534

Learning and Teaching in the Elementary Classroom


ED 535

Elementary Internship and Seminar I


ED 542

Cultivation, Design and Management of an Elementary Classroom


ED 543

Clinical Practice in Reading


ED 544

Developing Literacy in the Primary Grades


ED 545

Elementary Internship and Seminar II


ED 547

Philosophy of Education


ED 550

Issues & Research in Education


SPED 552

Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom


ED 556

Teaching Literacy in Grades 4–6


ED 558

Elementary School Science: Content & Pedagogy


ED 562

Facilitating the Arts in the Classroom


ED 566

Elementary School Social Studies: Content & Pedagogy


ED 568

Teaching Mathematics in the Primary Grades


ED 569

Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4–6


ED 575

Teacher Discourse: Language & Communication Issues in the Elementary Classroom


ED 601

Student Teaching & Seminar


ED 693

Research I


ED 694

Research II



Candidates participate in an internship during the first two semesters of the program.

Quinnipiac University has developed collaborative partnerships with school districts throughout central and southern Connecticut to provide graduate candidates with guided, hands-on professional practice and to defray some costs of the program. Candidates in the internship receive a tuition reduction during the internship semesters. (An optional second internship is available during the final two semesters, resulting in significant additional tuition reduction.)

Interns serve in area schools in a variety of capacities and as substitute teachers with guidance from an on-site adviser and from a Quinnipiac faculty member. Each intern has the opportunity to participate in staff meetings and take part in all school operations, becoming a valued member of the school faculty. In the late afternoon and early evening, candidates continue their formal studies on the Quinnipiac campus.


Admission to the five-semester MAT program is based on a holistic review by MAT program faculty of the following admission requirements:

  1. Application form and fee
  2. A preferred 3.0 minimum overall undergraduate GPA (from all colleges and universities attended) with a subject area major or appropriate interdisciplinary major (applicants with overall GPA's below 2.67 will not be considered)
  3. A passing score on the PRAXIS I test (PPSTs) or a PRAXIS I waiver
  4. At least two written recommendations from individuals who have recent knowledge (within the last two years) of the applicant's suitability as a prospective educator
  5. A written essay completed on-site that meets program standards
  6. A formal interview during which the applicant is expected to demonstrate: an ability to communicate clearly; a demeanor appropriate to the teaching profession; and a maturity and attitude necessary to meet the demands of the MAT program
  7. Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all teacher candidates to undergo a criminal background check prior to being placed in a public school setting for field study, internship and student teaching. Because a clinical experience is an integral part of each semester, failure to abide by this law will make an applicant ineligible for admission to the program. The School of Education has procedures in place to assist candidates in obtaining the background check. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the teacher candidate.

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