Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Henderson's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program is a 36-hour degree emphasizing pedagogy, methodology, classroom management, human growth and development, and needs of exceptional children.
It is designed and developed to allow a candidate with a bachelor's degree or higher an alternative route to teacher licensure in middle level or secondary education. It is a field based program and focuses on areas exhibited in the four domains of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching.
The candidate is employed as a Teacher of Record with a provisional license or placed in an internship while completing class work and requirements necessary for a standard Arkansas teaching license.
MAT Faculty will challenge, encourage, and support candidates throughout their academic journey and first years of teaching. Faculty members are or have been licensed teachers.
While in the MAT program a candidate is hired as the Teacher of Record teaching with a provisional license. Upon completion of the program the candidate is eligible for a standard Arkansas teaching license.