Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

The MAT program is a leader in the field of teacher education, designed so that graduates are able to enter the classroom on the first day of school with the knowledge and experience to be highly effective.

Our program follows a gradual release method of learning. During each of the first three quarters candidates take seven weeks of evening courses, and three weeks applying the knowledge and methods from the course work in a faculty and classroom teacher-mentored pre-internship. The first of these three pre-internships focuses on the context of the individual, the second on the dynamics of small group instruction, and the third on whole group instruction. During the fourth quarter you complete a capstone project, which synthesizes the learning and data collected during the three internships.

By the time you begin your student teaching internship during the fifth and final quarter of the program, you will have been teaching in classrooms for nine weeks.

Current candidates and alums unanimously agree that the internship experiences were essential to their professional growth: bridging theory and methods to practice in real time (watch videos from current candidates Mick and Amanda):

Program Highlights:

  • 15 months (just 5 quarters) to earn your Masters of Arts in Teaching and recommendation for your WA State Teaching Credentials
  • Leading edge program features fully integrated coursework with faculty-led field experiences
  • Small cohorts (10-20 peers)
  • Average class size: 15
  • Classes center on discussion and problem solving
  • Competency-based teaching and assessment
  • Option to add middle school teaching endorsements (Humanities, Mathematics, Science)
  • Program prepares you to become a facilitator of social justice and a democratic classroom
  • Collaboration with diverse educators
  • Downtown Seattle location

We focus on competencies.

  • Planning and implementing curriculum that meets the needs of individual students
  • Teaching in diverse classroom settings
  • Nurturing the holistic development of all students
  • Using technology to engage students and enhance learning
  • Communicating effectively with students, colleagues, parents, and community members
  • Assuming leadership roles to advocate for children effectively

Our MAT Graduates Become

  • Elementary (K-8) teachers
  • Middle level humanities teachers
  • Middle level science teachers
  • Middle level math teachers
  • Informal educators, in non-school settings such as non-profit organization, arts and cultural institutions
  • International teachers, in schools and programs
  • Online educators
  • Directors of After School Programs

Practice as learning: Experience the full support of AUS faculty and our partner schools

Becoming a teacher requires hard work and commitment to making a difference in the lives of students. When you become an Antioch University Seattle student, you will be closely guided and assessed during all field experiences. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to lead a successful teaching career.

Our MAT program is designed using leading edge teacher education research based on planning for enacting, and reflecting on instruction. Every quarter consists of 7 weeks of learning and practicing in courses, followed by a 3-week faculty-led field experience.

AUS’s student interns are placed in public schools that have diverse student populations and we partner with excellent, certificated mentor teachers.  For three weeks in each of the first three quarters of the program, you will intern with an experienced teacher in his/her classroom under the mentorship of AUS faculty. You will serve as a student teacher during the final 13 weeks of your program. You will graduate with 22 weeks of teaching over the course of the program in preparation for your new profession.

Program Elements

  • 56 credits over 5 quarters
  • 4 quarters integrate educational theory and teaching practices
    • 7 weeks of evening classes
    • 3 week pre-internships in the first three quarters
    • Internships mentored by AUS faculty
    • Master’s Capstone Project completed during the 4th quarter prior to student teaching
  • 13 week student teaching completed over the last two quarters of the program
  • Pass WEST-B exam or approved WEST-B Alternative Basic Skills exam: (Reading, Mathematics, Writing).
  • Pass NES exam: Elementary Education exam (test code 102 and 103)
  • If applicable, pass a middle level exam: Middle Level Humanities (test code 010 and 011), Middle Level Mathematics (test code 203), Middle Level Sciences (test code 013)

For more information, please contact our Admissions Office:


Phone: 206-268-4202 or Toll free 888-268-4477