Teaching (MAT)

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Teaching (MAT) Overview

The accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree is designed for those planning careers in the teaching profession in early elementary (PreK-4); secondary levels (7-12 in the areas of biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies); or K-12 art education. Many Chatham education courses draw from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, preparing you to take steps towards ending poverty, fighting inequality, and stopping climate change from your position as a classroom teacher. As a Chatham Education graduate, you will stand out from other new teachers because Chatham will train you to help K-12 students critically examine and solve social problems, economic problems, and environmental problems in their community. Most classes are conveniently offered in the evening, and some are offered online. Attending full-time allows you to complete the program in as few as four terms.
Degrees Offered
  • MA
Program School
Application Deadline


Fall Recommended Deadline – July 1; rolling admission until August 1.

Credits Required

44 - 52

The program may be completed in four terms of full-time study.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Did You Know?


Undergraduate requirements for certification in a given area can be completed before a student begins the MAT program or can be completed at Chatham along with the MAT curriculum.

Explore the Master of Arts in Teaching Degree:


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicant's transcripts will be reviewed to determine whether students have completed the academic requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the standards for the desired certification area.

Admission Requirements:

Applicant to the MAT program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:

  • Completed online application - resume and essay can be uploaded to the application but can also be sent independently
  • Official Transcripts (must be sent from the school's Registrar’s Office) from all colleges and universities you have attended including those in which you may have transfer credits, attended a community college, received AP credits from a college while in high school, enrolled in a summer course, participated in a study abroad, etc.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Two (2) academic or professional letters of recommendation (must be sent by the recommender) in the form of a Word or PDF document. This is a free-form recommendation and there will not be a link or form sent to your recommenders.
  • Admissions Essay

As part of our admission’s review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to the offer of admission.

All admissions documents should be emailed to Admissions.

EDU502 Perspectives on Education

Students examine how an education system and society shape one another. Topics include the purpose of school in society; how social constructs (i.e. race, gender) interact with the education system; issues of power and control; the role of technology, and how we can provide an education for all that promotes equity and sustainability.

EDU581 Pedagogical Practices

This course focuses on the characteristics of effective teaching practices and examines different instructional models that effective teachers help students learn. Students are first introduced to these models and then practice teaching using the models they learn. The course also discusses best practices that align for education for sustainability and equity such as backwards design, performance assessment, and project based learning. Students learn how to create instruction for diverse groups of students so that all might succeed in the classroom.

EDU530 Diverse Family and Professional Partnerships

This course provides students with an understanding of issues pertaining to student diversity and also examines partnerships and relationships between communities, schools, students and parents. Students will develop an understanding of how socially constructed categories such as race, sexuality, and nationality emerge, evolve, inform, and affect the individual, schools, families and communities. This course prepares students for responsible citizenship in a global community.

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Admission requirements are set by Chatham University, House Bill 1816, Chapter 354 of the Pennsylvania School Code and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

*Advance Standing Undergraduate Admission to Education Programs Requirements
In accordance with House Bill 1816 and Chapter 354 regulations, all undergraduate students must apply for Advanced Standing by the time they have attempted 48 creditsThis includes any student wishing to earn certification in the state of Pennsylvania; PreK-4, Secondary content areas, K-12 Art, etc. Transfer students must apply for Advanced Standing prior to taking education courses at Chatham.  As stated in House Bill 1816 and Chapter 354 regulations, education students who do not apply for Advanced Standing and/or who do not meet the minimum requirements of Advanced Standing as required by PDE are NOT permitted to continue taking education courses.

In order to be considered for advanced standing a student:

  1. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  2. Pass or show evidence of passing one of the basic skills exams required by PDE
  3. Complete six credits of English (composition and literature) at the 100 level or higher
  4. Complete six credits of math at the 100 level or higher
  5. Completed Undergraduate Application to for Advanced Standing
  6. Must have two letters of recommendation:
    1. One letter must be from a Chatham University Education faculty member
    2. One letter must be from a professional reference OR another faculty
  7. Recommendation from Chatham University’s Education Department

Please note that students may be conditionally accepted to the program for any reason, including poor academic performance, excessive tardiness and absenteeism and other reasons.

*Master of Arts in Teaching Program Admission Requirements (including PreK-4, Art K-12 and Secondary students)

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. 3.0 GPA
  3. Admission essay
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Completed admissions application

*NOTES: The Education Department at Chatham University must abide by all rules, regulations, policies and competencies as stated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  Some additional requirements and coursework, such as meeting pre-requisites may be required of some students.  All pre-requisite requirements must be completed by the end of your second semester attending Chatham University. If pre-requisite work is not completed by the end of your second semester you may be suspended from the program until pre-requisite work is completed.

By the end of the specific program, students must earn an overall 3.0 GPA, produce a B- or better in all certification coursework at the graduate level and a C- or better at the undergraduate level, complete all field work including practicum or student teaching, pass the appropriate Certification Test for their area of certification and all University requirements.

All required and elective courses for certification assess the students via portfolios, class presentations, course projects, papers exams, and field experiences. Upon completion of the program students will possess a full library of notebooks containing course notes handouts assignments and other information gathered during each course. All coursework is aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements and Competencies as well as Academic Standards and Anchors.

As part of the practicum experience, students will earn a minimum of 4 on the PDE 430 form and not earn a 0 in any category.

Additionally, in order to become certified in the state of Pennsylvania, students will have to successfully pass the appropriate certification tests for their area.

Chatham University is committed to supporting its graduates from this program. The Alumni office and the Education department communicate with former students about employment activities, speakers on campus, trainings, local and regional conferences and classes that support professional development. In addition, the faculty are available to mentor former graduates upon request.  All student information is updated yearly.

My experience at Chatham provided me with hands-on learning experiences and the opportunity to make a positive impact within my community. I gained an in-depth understanding of education and a heightened appreciation of the world. Choosing to further my education and pursue a master’s degree allowed me to make valuable connections, pursue necessary professional skills and foster personal development necessary to be a 21st century leader.

—Michael White, MAT program graduate

Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field. We care about our communities and our planet, and those commitments are apparent in all the work that we do.  

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Program Director & Associate Professor of Special Education
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Assistantships & Fellowships

Chatham offers graduate assistantships and work-study positions that provide students with valuable experience and help reduce the cost of tuition in the form of tuition remission or paid compensation. A limited selection of additional program-specific aid such as fellowships, scholarships and tuition waivers are available for specific programs.

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Solutions to Racial Inequalities in Education

MAT students develop culturally sustaining teaching practices through the nexus of creating equitable school-family-community partnerships. A number of graduate courses integrate educational technologies to transform learning. Through these means, graduate students connect with educational leaders focused on creating solutions to racial inequalities in education.