Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Graduate Program


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Men and women with bachelor degrees from Sweet Briar or other institutions who enroll full-time in the program may obtain their M.A.T. and teacher licensure (for one of 3 tracks listed below), in one to two years, depending on previous coursework.

Teaching is challenging, rewarding and important work. As ever, our schools need good teachers — determined, confident teachers who respond to the needs of all students. Today’s classrooms include increasingly diverse learners, and the education program at Sweet Briar prepares graduates to effectively teach all students who enter their classrooms. Through a combination of rigorous and engaging coursework, individualized mentoring from the program faculty and extensive field experiences, you will graduate a highly qualified professional who will make a difference in the lives of children.

What is distinctive about studying education at Sweet Briar?

Beginning with the first education class, candidates will be immersed in the classroom environment through clinical experiences in local schools. Preservice teachers spend multiple hours per course in the classroom observing, working with teachers and students, and teaching their own lessons. Based on their goals, the education program matches candidates with teachers who are professional, helpful and focused on differentiated instruction. While establishing relationships with students and teachers, candidates create lesson plans and daily reflections, learn about school policies and gain professional experience.

  • The education program also offers an add-on endorsement opportunity in special education (general curriculum K-12). The special education endorsement provides hands-on field experiences working with students with special needs in both inclusive and self-contained classrooms.
  • M.A.T. students are paired with faculty members who have extensive training in mentoring preservice teachers and in differentiated curriculum and instruction.
  • During the M.A.T. year, courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings to allow students to substitute-teach in local schools and “earn while they learn.”
  • Virginia has reciprocity agreements with 47 other states, so candidates can earn their license in Virginia and be eligible to teach almost anywhere in the United States.
  • Completion of the M.A.T. program means higher salary potential in most school districts throughout the country.

Licensure Tracks

Elementary Education (PreK-6)

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Secondary Education (6-12)

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Application Requirements

Students applying to the M.A.T. program must submit the following items for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching program by January 1 for spring term or by August 1  for fall term:

  1. Completed application (see below)
  2. A cover letter
  3. A current résumé
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. All college transcripts (with an overall GPA of at least 2.75 and a GPA of at least 3.0 for any EDUC courses)
  6. Passing scores on the following examinations:
    1. Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5733)
    2. Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) 
  7. In addition, prior to their final year of the program, students must complete/obtain proof of: 
    1. Passing scores on Praxis Subject Assessment(s) (for the subject area(s) in which you are seeking licensure)
    2. Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) (Elementary Education candidates or Special Education Endorsement candidates only)
    3. Certificate CW55691: Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding for Educators
    4. Certificate of completion for VDOE Dyslexia Awareness Training
    5. Certification of training in emergency first aid, CPR including hands-on practice, and the use of AED
    6. Report of Tuberculosis Screening 
    7. Certificate of completion for the online tutorial from the Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module (Elementary Education candidates and Secondary History/Social Studies candidates only)

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